Ice climbing: first ascent of Oule Falls in Crolles, France

Erwan Lelann, Petzl team manager, talks about ice climbing up Oule Falls, a line that rarely forms in winter, located high above both the Gresivaudan Valley… and Petzl’s worldwide headquarters! The ascent took place on Tuesday, February 14, 2012.

Erwan Lelann.

Newly modified versions of the NOMIC and ERGO ice axes are available

Newly modified versions of the NOMIC and ERGO ice axes are available and currently being shipped to all Petzl distributors.
The new versions are for sale and can also be exchanged with the 2010 versions of the NOMIC and ERGO with serial numbers between 10208 and 10329. See the information from 21 December 2010.


LYNX, modular crampon for ice and mixed climbing

Crampons LYNX

From snow couloirs to dry tooling, the LYNX is a versatile crampon.

Modular front points allow for many options: dual or mono-point, long or short, and/or asymmetrical.

They come with two types of interchangeable front bindings to adapt to boots with or without toe welts.

New: Wallpaper downloads

A new group of sport wallpapers has just been put online where you'll find ten of the most amazing images from the Petzl Sport catalogs.

Choose among a variety of activities and select your screen resolution to find the best!

Fat skis versus Nomics

There are quite a lot of great athletes where I live at Les Arcs - mostly skiers, snowboarders, paragliders, kayakers, and climbers of course ;)
Most of them are very aware of the luck with have to live in the mountains and be able to play in such a great and varied terrain. Hovewer, that doesn't mean that a pro freeskier will start climbing or paragliding. Our worlds are close but the doors between them aren't always open, all the time.

Emily Harrington - Mixed Emotions at the Ouray Mixed Comp

The 16th annual Ouray Ice Festival took place this past weekend. I attended this year, on behalf of Petzl and The North Face, to give a slideshow and compete in the mixed-climbing competition. The Ouray mixed competition is a prestigious invite-only event that draws some of the nation's best mixed/ice climbers. It was my first competition of this sort, and I was anxious and excited to see how I would fare.

Information concerning autumn 2010 versions of the NOMIC (ref. U21 2) and ERGO (ref. U22) ice climbing tools :

NOMIC U21 2.

New Petzl ice axes

The line of Petzl Charlet QUARK and NOMIC ice axes has a new look and has been expanded with the addition of the ERGO, an exclusive model designed specially for high-performance dry tooling and ice climbing.

Winners of the Piolets d'Or

The greatest climbers met together last month for the 18th edition of the Piolets d’Or in Chamonix. This key event in terms of alpinism focused on the encounter between the new and the older generation. The chosen projects complied with the ethics of the Piolets d'Or described in the Piolets d’Or charter.

Ice and mixed climbing, Scotland : Happy Hour

Ueli Steck sends The Secret - Ben Nevis, Scotland - Photo T. Lamiche.