Mountain rescue: video from the IKAR CISA 2011 Conference
The international IKAR-CISA conference took place at the end of October in Are, Sweden. Every year this international event brings together mountain rescue teams from all over the world.
The goal of the conference is to share experiences as well as different techniques and equipment in order to improve both efficiency and safety for mountain rescue operations.
Labor of Love : Maurice, founder of "GRIMP" search and rescue team in BelgiumMaurice Levaux, 57 years old, is head of GRIMP, the hazardous environment search and rescue group in Aywaille, Belgium ("grimpe" is another word for "climbing" in French thus the acronym). GRIMP's creation and history are closely linked to a recent event. In 1997, during a club outing at the Sy/Ourthe cliff, one of Maurice's close friends was involved in an accident.
Mountaineering and steep skiing: Liv Sansoz skis Chamonix's Aiguille Verte (France)
As a Chamonix resident, Team Petzl member Liv Sansoz takes full advantage of the valley's dynamic atmosphere for a skillful mix of climbing, mountaineering, skiing, paragliding and BASE jumping adventures. As February 2013 came to a close, snow conditions were perfect; the forecast was for blue skies and warmer weather due to a temperature inversion. Reports confirmed that the Whymper couloir was completely filled in and skiable without needing to rappel.
Request for inspection: NEWTON harness
During a periodic inspection on a NEWTON harness, improperly positioned safety stitching was found on one of the loops of the sternal attachment point.
As a precautionary measure, Petzl is asking all of its customers to inspect the safety stitching on the loops of the sternal attachment point on all NEWTON harnesses.
Ice climbing: the first Abisko Ice Climbing Festival an overwhelming success!
The first edition of the Abisko Ice Climbing Festival took place from February 28 to March 3, 2013, in Sweden. Merja and Anders (founder of Arctic Guides), who created the event, opened the door to an exceptional winter wonderland for the many who attended, and provided a great opportunity to learn or to sharpen one’s ice climbing skills. During the four-day festival Robert Jasper, Team Petzl member, led clinics and demonstrations on how to properly scale ice. As a supporting partner, Petzl provided participants with all the right gear to enjoy ice climbing.
VIDEO - Kilian Jornet - Summits of my Life
Kilian Jornet is superhuman. Some even call him an "ultra-human". He has won all of the major international trail running, ultra-trail, and ski-mountaineering competitions, and as of now plans to focus his time on a more personal project that combines the mountains, the great outdoors, and running.
A sweet winter in Patagonia with Sean Villanueva
Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll recently left Patagonia after spending several months there with a group of friends. He was able to accomplish quite a bit, from sending projects at the Piedra Parada during the Petzl RocTrip to new alpine experiences on the Cerro Torre and Torres del Paine. Below, Sean recounts his recent adventures.
Monster ice climbs in Norway with Philippe Batoux
Almost every year, Philippe Batoux goes to Norway to climb on giant ice-falls. With his team-mates, they are hunting for the rare ice-falls starting at sea level in the fjords. Here is the story of his last trip.
Beth Rodden on moderate Spanish sport crags
While most climbers know by now that Spanish crags like Santa Linya and Oliana are sport climbing paradises for top-tier pros, I recently spent a month climbing in Spain and was pleasantly surprised to learn that there are many excellent crags that offer grades for every level of climber.