Petzl is a leading manufacturer of climbing and work-at-height equipment and headlamps.
Petzl climbing and safety equipment is pretty much industry standard, and includes the Gri Gri belay device, ascenders and pulleys for work, climbing, via ferrata, caving and rescue.
Petzl headtorchs are also a bench mark in terms of design, with the famous Tikka series a staple for outdoor activities and night-time trekking or camping use.
Fernand Petzl made the first 1,000 metre cave descent in France in 1950, laying the foundations for vertical safety technology of the future.
Twenty years earlier he had started working with fellow speleologist Pierre Chevalier, making new advances into the basic thinking behind their shared sport.
Fast forward to 1975, and the Petzl corporation was born at the base of the Dent de Crolles – Crolles’ Teeth – near Grenoble, heralding an era of innovation and design which brought us the Grigri belay device, Tikka and Tikkina head torches, and a range of safety helmets and harnesses used by cavers and climbers all over the world.
Renowned throughout the industry for their ‘work-at-height’ products and highly-technical rescue equipment, Petzl have expanded their manufacturing line to include specialist ice climbing technology, and are committed to raising social, environmental and ecological awareness - alongside research into risk prevention - of all mountaineering sports.