Daniel Woods on his FA of "Mourning Glory" (5.14c/d)


Recently, I have been switching things up and sport climbing. I have bouldered for so many years, and just needed something different.

Daniel Woods on his new problem, Mirror Reality

I first got word from Dave Graham in May of 2011 of a potential new project in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. The climb is located a few hundred feet past the Moraine Park turnoff, on the right hand side of the road. An obvious landmark to look for is the raging river filled with house sized boulders, running underneath the road bridge. You park in a pull out just past the bridge on the right and run a few hundred feet up the hillside into the woods.

Jon Cardwell's iPhone Photo Tour of RocTrip China

Emily Harrington on RocTrip China

We are all back home now after the Petzl Roc Trip in the Getu Valley.  There’s a lot to say about our experiences there. Almost too many overwhelming thoughts, memories, and emotions come to mind simultaneously, and it's proving difficult to form it all into a cohesive story. One thing’s for sure, however: we went on an adventure I doubt any of us will forget.

Video: Arnaud Petit sends "Black Bean" (8b/65m) on trad gear

Arnaud Petit returns with the performance of the summer: a trad ascent at Céüse! His send of Black Bean (8b / 65m) was filmed by Bertrand Delapierre and photographed by Thomas Vialletet.

Jared Abrojena at the 2011 Tree Climbing Championships

This year’s International Tree Climbing Championships (ITCC) took place in Sydney, Australia in late July (winter in the southern hemisphere). Petzl athlete Jared Abrojena, a professional and competitive arborist from California, has fared exceptionally well in ITCC events in the past couple of years, continuing his world-class performance this year. Following are some of his thoughts on the competition.

Sasha DiGiulian takes 1st overall at the 2011 IFSC World Championships

A storied locale set in a green valley and surrounded by rocky outcroppings, Arco, Italy, this year hosted thousands of climbers and fans from around the world for the International Federation of Sport Climbing’s crowning competition, the Climbing World Championships. The 18-year-old climber from Virginia Sasha DiGiulian took first place overall.


Beth Rodden – Spain and the Evolution of Sport Climbing

It’s funny how you can return to things in life after a long hiatus and have them feel normal in your new routine. When I started climbing 17 years ago, sport climbing was all the rage. (Bouldering hadn’t been validated yet, and trad climbing was passé.) Relatively early in its development, sport climbing’s boundaries and limits were constantly getting pushed, new areas found and developed, and training ideas and techniques perfected. Along with all that came ethical debates and “wars,” just as with anything new, exciting, and revolutionary.

Sasha DiGiulian joins the Petzl Athlete Team, pushes standards

Sasha DiGiulien at the Red River Gorge. Photo: © Magnus MidtbøA welcome addition to the Petzl Athlete Team, 18-year-old Sasha DiGiulian has spent the first months of 2011 re-adjusting difficulty standards for women’s sport climbing. Hailing from Alexandria, VA, Sasha picked up climbing 11 years ago, after her brother’s birthday party, when she was just 7 years old.

Red Rock Rendezvous 2011 is coming!

Registration is now open for the 2011 Red Rock Rendezvous (March 18-20), a three day gathering featuring climbing instruction, demos, and seminars, plus mountain biking clinics, food, festivities, and more...