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Gaining new knowledge of our vertical world

Research projects: Ukhupacha and Ice Crystal © Ukhupacha / Monica Dalmasso

The Petzl Foundation supports conferences, exhibitions, debates, advocacy groups, and scientific research projects, which aim to improve our understanding of the mountains and the vertical world. The new insights and exchange of ideas resulting from these events and projects expand our knowledge base and strengthen the vertical communities.

Vignette du projet Conférence sur l’avenir des hautes montagnes du monde FRANCE - The 4th SUSTAINABLE SUMMITS CONFERENCE

This conference is, first and foremost, an opportunity to get together, a desire to work together for our high mountains, one of the last areas on the planet where human presence is merely transient (...)

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Vignette du projet Sauvegarder la mémoire des glaciers FRANCE - PROTECTING ICE MEMORY

Studying glacier ice allows us to anticipate future climate changes. However, with the glaciers retreating at such a fast rate, this scientific resource (...)


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Vignette du projet Dans les grottes de glace du mont RainierUNITED STATE - INSIDE THE ICE CAVES OF MOUNT RAINIER

Mount Rainier, in the northwest of the United States, is an episodically active volcano rising to 4,392 meters at its summit. This little-known, high alpine glacier-fumarole cave system (...) 

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Vignette du projet In search of lost climates in GreenlandGREENLAND - IN SEARCH OF LOST CLIMATES IN GREENLAND

During the summer of 2015, a team of scientists and cavers explored caves in Northeast Greenland to collect samples of calcite. The analysis of these fragments is already helping researchers to anticipate (...)

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Vignette de l'actu : THE MOUTAIN COMMUNITY AND CLIMATE CHANGEFRANCE - THE MOUTAIN COMMUNITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

On Wednesday, November 11, 2015, the Grenoble mountain community held a conference to explore ways of ensuring that the mountains were taken into account in the COP21 (...)

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Project thumbnail: Nyiragongo, exploration au cœur d’un volcan africainDEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO - NYIRAGONGO, EXPLORATION INTO THE HEART OF A AFRICAN VOLCANO

At the beginning of July 2015, two researchers and a team of highly-motivated volcanologists descended to the bottom of the Nyiragongo crater (...)

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Project thumbnail : Chamonix celebrates the 150th anniversary of the golden age of mountaineeringFRANCE - CHAMONIX CELEBRATES THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GOLDEN AGE OF MOUNTAINEERING

During the eleven years from 1854 to 1865, modern mountaineering was born in the Alps. In 2015, Chamonix has chosen to pay homage to this golden age of mountaineering (...)

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Project thumbnail : INTO THE HEART OF WATERFALL ICEFRANCE - INTO THE HEART OF WATERFALL ICE

How are waterfalls formed? How does this very specific type of ice react to a climber's progression and temperature variations? All climbers have asked themselves these questions at one time or another (...)

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Vignette du projet : DIALOGUE ENTRE MONTAGNES ET SCIENCESFRANCE - DIALOGUE BETWEEN MOUNTAINS AND SCIENCE

Les Rencontres Montagnes et Sciences (The Meeting of Mountains and Science) is an event designed to present the wealth of scientific careers through mountain films for the general public. (...)

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Project thumbnail : AMERICAS: EXPLORING THE CHACHAPOYA WORLD WITH UKHUPACHAAMERICAS - EXPLORING THE CHACHAPOYA WORLD WITH UKHUPACHA

The Ukhupacha association is active in several South American countries, helping scientists to explore places that are difficult to access, (...)

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Project thumbnail : CORSICA : THE SECRETS INSIDE CORSICAN PINESCORSICA - THE SECRETS INSIDE CORSICAN PINES

The National Botanical Conservatory of Corsica and the CNRS of Montpellier have observed unusual fungi growth on the top branches of Corsican pines, which may have been triggered by forest fires. (...)

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Project thumbnail : MONITORING THE MORAINE LAKES IN NEPALNEPAL - MONITORING THE MORAINE LAKES

In Nepal, at least twenty glacial lakes pose a significant danger to villages downstream. Moraine dams can collapse under the weight of the water and cause catastrophic floods, (...)

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Project thumbnail : STUDYING PERMAFROST TO UNDERSTAND ROCKFALLFRANCE - STUDYING PERMAFROST TO UNDERSTAND ROCKFALL

Permafrost is ground which has been frozen for at least two years. Its formation, thicknessand eventual disappearance are closely related to climate change. (...)


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Project thumbnail : BIO-CAVING EXPEDITIONS IN MOROCCOMOROCCO - BIO-CAVING EXPEDITIONS

Every year since 2001, the Association Catalana de Biospeleologia has organized a caving expedition in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. The objective is to collect specimens of rare cave fauna (...)

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Project thumbnail WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR OUR MOUNTAINS?FRANCE - WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR OUR MOUNTAINS?

"Imagine the mountain of tomorrow." In spring 2011, a group of climbers and mountaineers looked into the future and set about organizing the "Mountaineering Assizes". (...) 

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Vignette du projet conférence sur les pratiques responsables en montagneCOLORADO - ENCOURAGING SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES ON MOUNTAINS EVERYWHERE

Supported by the Petzl Foundation, the 2014 Sustainable Summits conference was led by American Alpine Club members and Denali National Park staff who brought people together (...)

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