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.
Rolling Stones: The North face of the grandes Jorasses for free
The routes up the north face of the Grandes Jorasses evoke such descriptive words as "hard" and "committing". Looking for a new challenge, Slovenian climbers Luka Lindič and Luka Krajnc took advantage of a recent window of stable weather to make the first free ascent of a now former aid route. Three cold days on the daunting 1000 meter high face is all it took.
Trip report by Luka Lindič.
Petzl America Ice Event Wrap Up (2013-14)
During the 2013/14 winter season, Petzl supported at a bunch of awesome ice climbing events, including: the Bozeman Ice Festival in Montana, the Ouray Ice Fest in Colorado, the Sandstone Ice Fest in Minnesota, the Adirondack International Mountain Fest in New York, the Smuggler's Notch Ice Bash in Vermont, the Michigan Ice Fest, the Mt.
Caving in Papua New Guinea: Iowa 2014, between fantasy and reality
"Iowa 2014" was a national expedition led by the French Caving Federation (FFS) and part of an overall effort to explore the Nakanai Mountains in Papua New Guinea. Led by a highly experienced team, cave exploration in the region's virgin equatorial forest has resulted in the discovery of several legendary deep caves and sinkholes such as Nare, Kavakuna, Minyé, Wowo, and Muruk. Back from the depths and into the daylight, Phil Bence talks about this adventure, between fantasy and reality, and how patience allowed for the discovery of new caves in the heart of the equatorial forest.
Coming soon: the 2014 Red Rock Rendezvous
Get ready for the 2014 Red Rock Rendezvous, coming March 28-30! Petzl has been a proud supporter of this event since it began in 2003. This yearly celebration of climbing and the outdoor lifestyle is held in the beautiful Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Patagonian Expedition Race: a wilderness adventure in the Southern Hemisphere
There are hard races, there are wild races, and then there are hard wild races. The Patagonia Expedition Race falls most definitely into the latter category. The ultimate adventure, this race takes teams of four through the pristine wilderness of Southern Patagonia. The 11th edition started on February 12, 2013, just outside Torres del Paine National Park. As with all adventure races, the course included sections of hiking, mountain biking, and sea kayaking. Unlike other adventure races, competitors often traveled hundreds of kilometers without seeing another human being or any sign of civilization. In 2013 the winning team covered the 700 km course in eight and half days, and only three out of the eleven registered teams finished. Not just along for the ride, photographer Alexandre Buisse imbedded himself with the teams along several sections of the race in order capture the heart of the action.
Gord McArthur on his experience ice climbing at the Sochi Olympics
Petzl athlete Gord McArthur participated in the ice climbing cultural event at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. While not a full medal sport yet, the presence of ice climbing in such a capacity is a step in that direction. Gord sent Petzl a quick update from Sochi today…
VIDEO: Between Places, climbing with whales on an expedition by sailboat around Greenland…
"Between Places" is much more than a sailing expedition around Greenland. The documentary provides an inside view into the modern expedition, into mountaineering, and into the lives that climbers lead. The film shines a spotlight on European mountaineers Edurne Pasaban, Erwan Le Lann, and Martial Dumas, who set sail on a 10-day expedition around Greenland aboard the schooner La Louise. The film, "Between Places," recounts their extraordinary adventure...
On the road to Ouray: "Octopussy" twenty years later
A small handful of members from Team Petzl, led by a certain Ueli Steck in "well-earned vacation" mode, was in Colorado for the Ouray Ice Festival. Not far away there were at least two good reasons to face off with the most famous octopod of the Rocky Mountains. Number one was to pay a friendly visit to the first ascensionist, who lives in Boulder, and number two was to climb the legendary route...
Guillaume Vallot reports --