Find out all the news of the projects supported, but also of the Petzl Foundation itself and events.
What climber has not heard of Kalymnos? The Greek island located in the southeastern Aegean Sea, just off the coast of Turkey, is world-renowned for its many cliffs. With more than 2000 routes for all levels, Petzl RocTrip set up its base camp in Kalymnos in 2006… Even though rock climbers flock there in droves, the island had no formal rescue services for climbing accidents. Local residents called upon the Petzl Foundation to help to train them in rope rescue techniques.
A climber nearly rappels of the end of his rope. A crew performing a mountain rescue experiences a mainline failure, but the backup holds. A cascade of ice and rock hurtles down a couloir, just missing a climbing party…
Unlike accidents resulting in injuries, near misses like these are not consistently reported, and so the lessons they offer are often lost. That's why brothers Chris and Cory Jackson created the Alpine Near Miss Survey (AMNS), a digital tool designed to encourage a culture of reporting and, ultimately, help improve safety in alpine activates and climbing. It's also the reason the Petzl Foundation, Petzl's non-profit arm dedicated to giving back to the communities that have made Petzl so successful, is happy to support the AMNS.
In 2003, climber, adventurer and wilderness advocate, Aron Ralston was trapped by a falling boulder in Utah’s remote Blue John Canyon. Today, Aron is committed to protecting the iconic climbing, canyoneering and outdoor adventure venues throughout Utah’s famous redrock desert.
You have until 30 September 2013 to propose a project for the preservation of the environment,in connection with sports activities of verticality (climbing, mountaineering, etc.).
See selection criteria and download the application support here.
In the heart of the Patagonian desert, in the Province of Chubut (Argentina), Piedra Parada, the "stone", rises like a monolith. Behind her, La Buitreta Canyon, 5 km long, high cliffs nearly 200 feet high, hosted the Petzl Roc Trip in November 2012.The development of a climbing area that respects the environment and the history of this exceptional site deserved to have the Petzl Foundation involved.
In Chilean Patagonia, not far from the legendary “Carretera Australe” (Route 7), the majestic valley of Cochamo, a favorite site for long-route climbers. Tall granite walls, like those of its famous sister, Yosemite (USA), this area remains on the fringe of the traditional tourist routes in the region.
The monk seal, a rare Mediterranean species, is in critical danger of extinction on a world-wide level. The CBD Habitat foundation, a Spanish association supported by the Petzl Foundation, protects the species and is monitoring the colony in Mauritania. These seals nest in the caves at the bottom of the steep cliffs of the Cap Blanc peninsular.
Saharan agriculture is mainly based on the date palm, especially in the oasis. With more than 17 million palms of which 10 million are exploited, the date is the first food product export in Algeria. Climbers, like acrobats, grow palms and make the date harvest. It's a risky job, often exercised barefoot, with very basic equipment ... How can we prevent falls?
According to the Algerian Red Crescent, there has been one death per year in the area of Ghardaia, which represents only 5% of Algerian palm groves. For one death, ten falls were recorded in 2010, many with serious consequences including: disability, inability to work...
The Petzl Foundation has been committed since 2006 to the training of future professional trek guides, in partnership with the Association of Nepal Mountaineering (NMA). Courses were held in early September. The Foundation assigned Eric Lescarcelle, head of Petzl customer service, as an instructor to coach them. Here is a short resume of two intense weeks.
You have until July 15, 2011 to propose a project related to mountain activities (climbing, mountaineering, etc). Click here to view the selection criteria and download the application for support.
- [10-18-13] Rescue services operational in Kalymnos!
- [09-11-13] The Petzl Foundation Supports the Alpine Near-Miss Survey
- [08-05-13] Working with Aron Ralston to protect Utah’s redrock desert canyons
- [07-19-13] The environment call for projects is launched!
- [11-27-12] Encourage respectful climbs in a major site: Piedra Parada
- [05-16-12] The Cochamo valley, a forgotten Yosemite
- [04-23-12] Saving the monk seals in Mauritania
- [12-21-11] Grimper dans les palmiers, un métier dangereux
- [12-20-11] Nepal: training future professional trek guides
- [05-23-11] Call for projects environment!
- [05-02-11] How to reduce accidents in the Gouter couloir?
- [03-29-11] Join the public Conservation Vote !
- [02-14-11] Ice Crystal, a scientific expedition into the heart of the waterfall
- [11-24-10] Results of the 2011 environment request for proposals!
- [07-30-10] Outdoor Industry Conservation Charity joins IUCN
- [06-29-10] Successful release of 3 Bearded vultures in the Vercors massif
- [05-21-10] Makay, the last Eden in flames
- [04-19-10] Saving Cochamo
- [02-05-10] Great success for symposium of the Bonelli's eagle
- [01-22-10] Petzl Foundation supports scientific explorations