Petzl, the leader in solution-based verticality and lighting equipment, will host the North American event in the 2018 RopeTrip Series at the state-of-the-art Petzl Technical Institute (PTI), February 12-16, 2018. The event includes a rope access competition, symposium and optional training courses — all demonstrating Petzl’s leadership in and commitment to serving a wide range of work-at-height and fall-safety protection markets. 

The Petzl RopeTrip competition brings together professional rope-access technicians for a unique event where participants vie against one another in a series of rope access challenges. Three-person teams must showcase their skill, problem solving abilities and efficiency while maintaining best practices and respect for safety to secure a place on the podium.

The PTI-hosted symposium offers a full day of comprehensive and technical engagements that include “ANSI Z459 Rope Access Standard Review”, “Access Rigging” and “Rigging for Rescue vs. Rigging for Lower” given by Richard Delaney of RopeLab. Demonstrations include “Rope Access Equipment and Technical Application Testing” and “Rope Access Advanced Rescue Technique Validation.” Optional courses include “PPE Competent Person Course” and “Exploring the Physics Used by Roping Technicians.”

“The Petzl RopeTrip Series is a biennial event leading to the International RopeTrip event to be held in Duisburg, Germany on June 7-9th, 2018,” said Jon Rockefeller, North American marketing director for Petzl. “RopeTrip continues to attract prominent professionals and symposium speakers, providing them with unparalleled opportunities to share knowledge and best practices in a collaborative and educational environment.”

Petzl America will provide airfare for the highest ranking team from North America that can attend the Petzl RopeTrip International Challenge in Duisburg, Germany.

In 2014, Petzl opened the 15,000-square-foot technical training center at its North American headquarters to promote the proper application of technical skills. The facility features a 55-foot tall climbing wall with multi-pitch capability, more than 5,000 square feet of exposed structure climbing for tower rescue, and three classrooms capable of accommodating up to 200 people, among other features. PTI and team have held professional, diverse training courses including University of Utah Rescue ClassAdventure Park Rescue and EvacuationWork at Height in Climbing Gyms and Anchor Replacement

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For over 40 years, Petzl has developed innovative tools and techniques used by those who work and play in the vertical world. Today, the Petzl brand is closely associated with adventure, exploration, rescue, and many notable exploits in the worlds of rock climbing, caving, and alpinism. In the professional market, Petzl is a world leader in work at height, fire and rescue, and tactical equipment and techniques. A family-owned business, Petzl is committed not only to quality and innovation, but also to giving back to the communities that have made us so successful. For more information, visit