Petzl Announces Exclusive Partnership with USA Climbing

Petzl’s partnership with leading competition climbing organization showcases commitment to helping grow sport

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (March 2, 2016) USA Climbing, the national governing body of competition climbing, today named Petzl as its exclusive lighting and safety sponsor. As part of the long-term strategic partnership, Petzl will sponsor more than 200 events, including local, regional, divisional and national competitions.

“Petzl is the premier brand in the climbing safety marketplace, period. Their products are innovative and their ‘climbing IQ’ is unparalleled,” said Kynan Waggoner, chief executive officer for USA Climbing. “The future is bright with competition climbing in the United States, and with the support of Petzl, we are poised to do great things.”

Petzl and USA Climbing will work together to support the culture of climbing as well as attract more members who will climb and compete for a lifetime. The partnership will encompass the five disciplines of USAC, including: Adaptive, Bouldering, Collegiate, Sport and Speed.

Petzl will also help train USAC route setters at its 15,000-square-foot technical training center. The Petzl Technical Institute promotes the Climbing Wall Association (CWA) and its Work-at-Height Certification Program.

“We believe in the mission of the USAC and look forward to this long-term partnership,” said Dave Hugar, marketing director for Petzl America.

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

USA Climbing
USA Climbing is the United States national governing body for the sport of competition climbing. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, USA Climbing manages the disciplines of Bouldering, Speed and Sport climbing as well as the Collegiate and Adaptive series.  USA Climbing also hosts IFSC World Cup events and sends athletes to participate in the IFSC’s World Cup circuit and the World Climbing and Adaptive Climbing Championships.  For more information, visit

Christina Erb LoVullo 
Verde Brand Communications
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