PHOTOS - Petzl RocTrip China photo gallery

Our team of photographers on duty at the 2011 Petzl RocTrip in Gétù Valley, China brought back many great shots. A few months have passed since the event, it's now time to share a new exclusive photo gallery of climbing and lifestyle photos.

Petzl Roctrip China - the photo gallery

We Want to Hear Your Helmet Stories

Tales From the Edge - Helmet Close Calls is a new page on, created to showcase stories from users who have taken some serious hits to their helmets.

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.

New video about the durable XION 10.1


The XION is Petzl's newest and most durable all-around dynamic climbing rope. It's ideal for a wide range of uses, from gym climbing to top-roping, sport climbing, trad cragging, and even big wall climbs.

24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell Field Report

Petzl is a proud sponsor of 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell, an Arkansas-based climbing event in which competitors climb sandstone routes, trad and sport, for 24 hours straight. Petzl America Team Manager and Events Coordinator Chuck Odette manned the Petzl booth. Here’s his last report from the field before disappearing into the Arkansas woods for a week of sandstone sport madness with his partner in climb, Maggie Smith:

“There were around 250 participants comprising 125 teams. There were at least another 250-300 spectators as well.

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.


VIDEO - Petzl RocTrip Mexico 2010

Never before has a Petzl RocTrip mixed together so much climbing and local culture in one simmering pot. We spiced it up with a few special ingredients: passion, fun, and shared experiences. The Petzl RocTrip 2010 in Mexico welcomed people from all corners of the world to the unique climbing destinations of El Chonta et Las Peñas de Jilotepec, with a stop at the Aztec pyramids of Teotihuacán.

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.

Petzl athlete Enzo Oddo sends "Aubade" - 5.15a

The young prodigy sits in front of the screen, watching the final version of the video, carefully following his every move.
Enzo Oddo :  It’s cool to see these images again, especially since there a lot of them are from the redpoint !

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.