Petzl rep Dave Karl reports from the Mt. Washington Valley Ice Fest
The biggest and longest running ice climbing festival on the East Coast once again brought together climbers, but this time it was for a 20th anniversary ice fest birthday party! Organized by Rick Wilcox's International Mountain Equipment and the International Mountain Climbing School, the event is the highlight of the year for many ice lovers.
Petzl rep Matt McCormick reports from the 2013 Smuggs Ice Bash
The Smugglers Notch Ice Bash was started seven years ago as a small gathering of climbers in Jeffersonville, Vermont, just north of the beautiful Smuggler’s Notch State Park. From its small grassroots start, the event has quickly grown into one of the biggest and most well-attended ice fests on the East Coast.
Petzl rep Matt McCormick reports from the Adirondack International Mountainfest
The Adirondacks in the winter time are a special place, with amber ice flows mixing between the granite outcrops and cedar trees. Now in its 17th year, the Adirondack Mountainfest routinely draws huge crowds to New York's Keene Valley to try the latest in ice climbing gear and watch presentations from guest climbers. The Mountainfest, hosted by the famous local gear shop The Mountaineer, has drawn legendary climbers from around the world -- luminaries like Jeff Lowe, Alex Lowe, Steve House and Will Gadd.
Ice climbing: events all around the world
Over the weekend of January 12-13, 2013, the promotion team and Petzl Team climbers took off to take part in multiple ice climbing events across the planet. Of note were Ice Climbing Ecrins in the Hautes-Alpes region of France, the Ouray Ice Festival and its Elite Mixed Comp in Colorado, the Ice Climbing World Cup in South Korea, and the Youth World Championships in Saas Grund, Swizterland.
The 2013 catalog is here!
Download the new 2013 catalog optimized for the iPad
The new 2013 sport catalog is now available in PDF format optimized for the iPad and other tablet computers, translating to a more comfortable read, the ability to zoom in on technical drawings, product photos and action photos, as well as links to online content.
Ouray Ice Fest 2013 Wrap Up
It was well below freezing in the Ouray Ice Park, but in the half-warmth of the winter sun, a gloveless Jeff Mercier climbed through a section of overhanging artificial wall festooned with old-school mountaineering ice axes and dense foam blocks. He alternated between whacking the picks of his ERGO ice tools into the foam, and gently hooking and mono-pointing into the spike holes of the dangling ice axes.
VIDEO - Nina Caprez sends the mythic route "Silgergeier" in the Rätikon, Switzerland
Team Petzl member Nina Caprez recently achieved one of her lifelong goals by sending Silbergeier in Rätikon, Switzerland. The extremely difficult and run-out multi-pitch route required lots of dedication and drive. Here, Nina discusses the details of her project.
Get ready for the Ouray Ice Fest 2013
This January 11-13, climbers from around the country and world will converge at the Ouray Ice Park in Colorado to climb, participate in clinics led by some of the county's best ice climbers, demo the newest, raddest gear, and watch or participate in the mixed-climing competition. Once again, Petzl is proud to support this event, the largest ice festival in North America.
VIDEO - Oule Waterfall Ice Climbing (V+, 5+) by Erwan Lelann - Petzl Promotion Manager
Sometimes you find treasures right in your backyard. The excellent ice climbing conditions in the Alps last winter allowed for a rare ascent of the seldom frozen Oule Waterfall, near the Petzl Headquarters. From his office window Erwan Lelann, Petzl's Promotions Manager, had been scoping out the line as it formed. Finally on Valentine's Day 2012 he got his chance. And here's the video...
Petzl Sales Rep Matt Lewis reports from the Bozeman Ice Festival
We just finished up with the 16th annual Bozeman Ice Festival. Now that the crampons and tools have been sharpened, the gloves and boots dried, we finally have time to send off a quick update.