Relive GrimpDay 2014: videos, photos, interviews, and results!
GrimpDay's ninth edition took place on Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Namur, Belgium. Over time, the city has become the world capital for this international challenge for search and rescue in hazardous environments. This year GrimpDay, organized by the Namur Fire Department, drew more than 250 participants from the four corners of the planet. Petzl is proud to be one of GrimpDay's founding and technical partners, with the help of Alpitec, its agent in the Benelux countries.
The winner of the Send Me to Petzl RocTrip photo contest
We are excited to announce the winner of the Send Me to Petzl RocTrip photo contest! Big congratulations to Chris Vultaggio, who captured this beautiful shot of Laura Sasso climbing Stolen Chimney on the Ancient Art formation in Utah's Fisher Towers.
Alli Rainey on the value of rest for climbing training
Rest: it seems like a no-brainer. To climb your best, you should rest between efforts, get plenty of sleep, and take ample days between climbing or training sessions. Yet this simple concept proves to be a pitfall for nearly all enthusiastic climbers at some point. Not resting enough can sabotage performance, both short-term and long-term, undermine potential progress, decrease excitement for climbing, and ultimately lead to injury and burnout.
Sustainable Summits Conference 2014
The Petzl Foundation is a proud supporter of Sustainable Summits: The International Mountain Conference on Environmental Practices. This "summit of land managers, climbers, planners, and scientists representing the world’s mountainous regions" is happening from July 20-24, 2014, at the American Alpine Club in Golden, Colorado.
Big Wall Science with Majka Burhardt's Lost Mountain
In my former life I was a full-time climbing guide. That means, normally, I would know better than to introduce first-time climbers to vegetated granite slabs strewn with dirt and bush-choked chimneys. But the rules are different when you’re mission is a mash-up of scientific research, conservation action, and the establishment of the first technical climbing route up a mountain in Africa.
Arc'teryx Alpine Arc'ademy: a successful 3rd edition!
This year, the Arc'teryx Alpine Arc'ademy brought together 350 participants from 17 countries! High-level athletes and regular mountain sports enthusiasts showed up to share and improve their technique during several activities and workshops organized by Arc'teryx, the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix, and other event partners.
What's in Emily Harrington's pack?
This is the first in our Crag Pack series, in which Petzl athletes lay out the contents of their packs and explain why they carry what they do. For this installment, Emily Harrington of Boulder, Colorado, gives us a look at the standard sport-climbing kit she schleps to places like Ceüse, France, where she recently climbed to get in shape for her big project in the Verdon Gorge called Tom et Je Ris (5.14a). (She sent on June 4, 2014—congrats, Emily!).
Petzl RopeTrip: a resoundingly successful 2014 edition!
The second edition of the Petzl RopeTrip took place from May 29-31, 2014, in Uppsala, Sweden. The event brought together more than one hundred rope access specialists from around the world to discuss their profession and to share their broad range of experience. The rope access competition was the focal point of the gathering, allowing each team of rope access specialists to demonstrate their technical skills and ability to work well together. Following a strong performance in all disciplines, the Russian team ALPEX took first place the competition.
A quick report on this fantastic adventure…
Are climbers or surfers cooler? Paul Robinson weighs in…
Paul Robinson joined the Petzl athlete team in 2014, bringing over 15 years of climbing experience, including ascents up V15 and 5.15. Paul's obviously a crusher on the rock, but did you know he's also into surfing? Petzl caught up with Paul and asked him a few questions about the differences and similarities between his two passions.