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Accident prevention

Kalymnos, Greece © Stéphane Lozac'hmeur

In the worlds of work and recreation, the management of risk in the vertical environment is a major health and safety challenge. The Petzl Foundation provides technical training, supports efforts to develop unique safety solutions, encourages the publication of safety at height information, and funds programs that provide education and training designed to prevent accidents.

Vignette du projet À Mieux connaître les blessures chez les cordistesFRANCE - À MIEUX CONNAÎTRE LES BLESSURES CHEZ LES CORDISTES

Une enquête auprès de 500 cordistes de la région Rhône-Alpes a été menée par une équipe de recherche de l’université Lyon 1, soutenue par la Fondation Petzl. L’objectif était de mieux connaître (...)"

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Vignette du projet Une carte des pentes pour prévenir le risque d’avalanches FRANCE - A SLOPE GRADIENT MAP TO AVOID AVALANCHES

On November 3, 2016, the National Institute of Geographic and Forestry Information (IGN) put online a graphical representation of the slopes over 30° covering all French mountain ranges (...)


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Vignette du projet Fit to Recover UNITED STATES - SALT LAKE CITY, A CLIMBING WALL FOR THOSE IN RECOVERY

Fit to Recover, Salt Lake City’s only Sober gym and community center celebrated its first birthday in January 2016, with the unveiling of its new climbing wall, (...)

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Project thumbnail: Making cliff access safer for base jumpersFRANCE - MAKING CLIFF ACCESS SAFER FOR BASE JUMPERS

Base jumping, which consists in free-falling from a fixed structure or a cliff before opening a parachute, is gaining in popularity. Base jumpers favor high mountains and cliffs (...)

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Project thumbnail: An automatic weather station in the heart of the Mont-Blanc mountainsFRANCE - AN AUTOMATIC WEATHER STATION IN THE HEART OF THE MONT-BLANC MOUNTAINS

Since January 2014, the most popular French mountains have had their own automatic weather station. It transmits valuable information in real time (...)

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Project thumbnail: Preventing waterfall ice accidentsWORLDWIDE - PREVENTING WATERFALL ICE ACCIDENTS

The mountain guides Jérôme Blanc-Gras and Manu Ibarra have created an online database to collect the observations made by climbers on the condition of waterfall ice worldwide (...)

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fondation camptocamp thumbnailFRANCE - A NEW VERSION OF CAMPTOCAMP.ORG

To meet the modern needs of mountain, crag and wilderness enthusiasts, Camptocamp Association has launched the development of a new version of its famous mountain information website (...)

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Project thumbnail: A mask to help acclimatizeFRANCE - A MASK TO HELP ACCLIMATIZE

In April 2015, a team of French doctors have just tested a face mask on over thirty voluntary mountaineers and hikers passing through Manaslu (Nepal) base camp (...)

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Project thumbnail : UNDERSTANDING MOUNTAIN SPORTS ACCIDENTSFRANCE - UNDERSTANDING MOUNTAIN SPORTS ACCIDENTS

Since 2012, the Petzl Foundation has funded research into mountain sport accidents. Our long-term aim is to improve prevention. (...)


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Project thumbnail : MONT BLANC: HOW TO REDUCE ACCIDENTS IN THE GOUTER COULOIR ?FRANCE - MONT BLANC: HOW CAN WE REDUCE ACCIDENTS IN THE GOUTER COULOIR ?

From 1990 to 2011, French mountain police force registers show 291 rescue operations in the Goûter couloir, [..] which resulted in 74 deaths [..]. Presenting a strong objective danger (...)

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Project thumbnail : ALGERIA: CLIMBING SAFELY IN DATE PALMSALGERIA -  CLIMBING SAFELY IN DATE PALMS

In 2010, the BEDE association,which protects and promotes traditional agriculture, asked the Petzl Foundation to find a technical solution to improve the safety of date palm workers (..)

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Project thumbnail: The sharing of mountainsFRANCE - THE SHARING OF MOUNTAINS

Since 2012, the 82-4000 Association organizes mountaineering discovery stays for people in poverty (...)


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Project thumbnail: Rescue training in GreeceGREECE - RESCUE TRAINING

In March 2014, seven students from Frison-Roche secondary school in Chamonix, accompanied by four rescuers and mountain guides, achieved a ski ascent (...)

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Project thumbnail SANTIAGO, CHILE: SILOS CLIMBING PARKSCHILE - SANTIAGO: SILOS CLIMBING PARK

During the 2010 earth quake in Santiago, Chile, many structures were left unusable for their designed purpose. Following this disaster, an energetic group formed Fundation Deporte Libre (...)


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Project thumbnail : UNITED STATES: LESSONS LEARNED FROM NEAR-MISS ACCIDENTSUNITED STATES - LESSONS LEARNED FROM NEAR-MISS ACCIDENTS

A climber nearly rappels off the end of his rope. A crew performing a mountain rescue experiences a mainline failure, but the backup holds. (...)

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Project thumbnail : A NEW PATH TO THE CONSCRITS REFUGEFRANCE - A NEW PATH TO THE CONSCRITS REFUGE

In September 2012, a brand new path was created to reach the refuge of the Conscrits in the heart of Mont Blanc, via a Himalayan footbridge. (...)

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Project thumbnail : A HANDBOOK FOR MOUNTAIN CLUB LEADERSFRANCE - A HANDBOOK FOR MOUNTAIN CLUB LEADERS

Thanks to the technical and financial support of the Petzl Foundation, the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA) has published a new "mountain skills handbook" (...)

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Project thumbnail : NEPAL: MOUNTAIN CAREERS TRAINING CENTERNEPAL - MOUNTAIN CAREERS TRAINING CENTER

An hour's drive north of Katmandu, the Kakani training center stands on a ridge at the foot of a climbing wall, at an altitude of 2,000 m. (...)


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Project thumbnail : STRONG LINKS WITH THE UIAA AND MOUNTAIN FEDERATIONSFRANCE - STRONG LINKS WITH THE UIAA AND MOUNTAIN FEDERATIONS

Increasing technical knowledge to reduce the safety gap for mountain leaders, including professionals who need our help the most, is a vocation of the Petzl Foundation. (...)

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Project thumbnail : TRAINING RESCUERS ON KALYMNOS GREECE - TRAINING RESCUERS ON KALYMNOS

What climber has not heard of Kalymnos? The Greek island located in the southeastern Aegean Sea is world-renowned for its many cliffs. More than 2,000 climbing routes for all levels have been opened there. (...)

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Project thumbnail INVENEO : DEVELOPING TELECOMMUNICATIONS FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT MOSTUNITED STATES - DEVELOPING TELECOMMUNICATIONS FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST

More than two billion people in the world have no access to information and communication technologies (ICT), such as telephone and internet…(...)

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Project thumbnail UNITED STATES: ADAPTIVE CLIMBING WITH PARADOX SPORTSUNITED STATES - ADAPTIVE CLIMBING WITH PARADOX SPORTS

Paradox Sports envisions a world where people of all backgrounds and abilities can pursue a life of excellence through human-powered outdoor sports, regardless of physical disability. (...)


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Project thumbnail : DISCOVERING MOUNTAINS WITH THE PIOLETS JEUNESFRANCE - DISCOVERING MOUNTAINS WITH THE PIOLETS JEUNES

Encouraging mountain activities for young people: that was the credo of the fourth edition of the Piolets Jeunes ("young people with ice axes"), organized in May 2013 (...)


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Project thumbnail : MALI: TRAINING CLIMBING INSTRUCTORS IN THE MANDÉMALI - TRAINING CLIMBING INSTRUCTORS IN THE MANDÉ

The Mandé, "the cradle of Mali", is home to an exceptional natural heritage. The sandstone cliffs ofthe Manding Mountains are a popular climbing area. (...)


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Project Thumbnail UNE FORMATION POUR LES POMPIERS PÉRUVIENSPERU - DEVELOPING THE RESCUE CAPABILITY OF PERUVIAN FIREFIGHTERS

The Petzl Foundation became associated with the NGO Pompiers Sans Frontières based on a common goal: to help develop the search and rescue capability of Peruvian firefighters.(...)

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Project thumbnail SAFETY AWARENESS IN GLACIAL ENVIRONMENTSFRANCE - SAFETY AWARENESS IN GLACIAL ENVIRONMENTS

In 2006, La Chamoniarde, a mountain accident prevention and rescue association, initiated a series of free mountain safety workshops. (...)



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Project thumbnail : NEPAL: SUPPORTING WOMEN MOUNTAINEERSNEPAL - SUPPORTING WOMEN MOUNTAINEERS

Ama Dablam (6,812m), a majestic ice-capped cone in the Himalayas of Nepal, has long haunted the dreams of Pema and Dawa, two young Nepalese women (...)

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