10 things we learned from Sasha DiGiulian's AMA
On May 19, 2014, Petzl athlete Sasha DiGiulian did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Reddit. She posted her introduction and redditors quickly posted questions for her—about climbing, school, fear, food, and other aspects of life. Sasha hung out online for hours, typing answers to some of the over 300 questions. Here are 10 fun things we learned about Sasha from her answers.
Melloblocco, the world's biggest international bouldering event!
Melloblocco took place in the Val di Mello and Val Masino valleys in Italy from April 30 to May 4, 2014.
This 11th edition proved to be one of the most spectacular in the event's history, and for good reason. With an unbelievable 2600 climbers registering online, no less than 5000 people made the trip to these incredibly beautiful valleys. The "Mello-boulderers," from beginners to pros, enjoyed testing their mettle on the endless number of boulder problems in the area.
An ice and mixed climbing expedition with Philippe Batoux: "Canada Dry" on ice!
Every three years Philippe Batoux, high mountain guide and professor at ENSA (France's elite guide school), trains five young aspiring mountaineers in every alpine discipline: free and aid climbing, ice climbing, snow and mixed routes. An expedition always caps off the series of training clinics. This year, Maël Baguet, Kevin Peyre, Yoan Foulon, Eric Jamet, and Dimitry Munoz traveled with him to Canada.
Expedition report by Philippe Batoux...
Petzl RopeTrip, new Rules: more gear and techniques allowed
The Petzl RopeTrip aims to bring together people from different countries and their varied rope access techniques. With this in mind, Petzl has altered The Rules regarding the "Conditions for access to challenges" (chapters 7 & 8) to allow each team to use their own gear and techniques.
Participate in the 2014 Petzl RopeTrip!
Registration has been open for a week and there are already almost twenty teams from around the world signed up for the 2014 Petzl RopeTrip. France, Switzerland, and Brazil plan to host national pre-series events where the winners will earn their ticket to Sweden.
Customer information on the use of the Petzl CROLL B16 & B16AAA in corrosive environments
This information is intended specifically for those who use the Petzl CROLL rope clamp intensively for professional use. This update follows the information released on the Petzl website on March 17, 2014.
Petzl RocTrip 2014: follow the camper-trailer through Eastern Europe
For forty days and forty nights, from September 11 to October 20, 2014, we'll travel together through Romania, Bulgaria, the Republic of Macedonia, Greece, and Turkey. Every four or five days, we'll move the camper-trailer from one spot to another, from makeshift campsites in each host village to multi-pitch cliffs by way of amazing spots to boulder and deep water solo.
China Jam expedition: big wall climbing in the Tien Shan range
This year Belgian big wall climbers Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll, Nicolas Favresse and Stéphane Hanssens decided to embark on a new project, making a slight exception to their usual rules by bringing Frenchman Evrard Wendenbaum in tow to take photos and video of their adventure. Read the expedition report about their trip to a relatively unknown region along the Chinese-Kyrgyz border, as told by Evrard and Stéphane.
In the heart of Patagonia with Thomas Huber and Mario Walder
In February 2014, Thomas Huber and Mario Walder tried their luck in Cerro Torre Valley. In spite of good weather, they were forced to change plans. Beyond the routes themselves, Thomas talks about how their adventures in Patagonia remain first and foremost a voyage through a spectacular pristine wilderness.