Petzl RopeTrip 2016 Yields French Team Victory

International competition drew elite rope access technicians from 16 countries

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (April 5, 2016) — Team France beat out rope access technicians from 16 countries to take gold at the 2016 Petzl RopeTrip. The third edition of the international competition and symposium spanned three days and featured a diverse array of work-at-height professionals.

“We were honored to host this year’s Petzl RopeTrip at the Petzl Technical Institute,” said Dave Hugar, marketing director for Petzl America. “We created RopeTrip to bring the international work-at-height community together, encourage discussion amongst rope access technicians and drive attention to these highly skilled individuals whose craft enables the modern world. Without rope access technicians, daily conveniences like talking on a tower-supported wireless network would be impossible. It was extremely rewarding to see highly skilled professionals come together for an occasion so important to us.”

Three-person teams underwent a sequence of five extraordinary challenges during the qualification phases held at the 15,000-square-foot training center. The timed events ranged in technique and equipment. Four teams progressed to the semi-final competition held on the exterior of the Salt Lake City Public Library. Two teams progressed to the final competition where they dueled head-to-head in a real-life demonstration of rope access prowess. In a photo finish against Moscow’s team, VAR Team France became the first non-Russian team to win Petzl RopeTrip.

The fourth Petzl RopeTrip will be held in Germany in 2018.

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Christina Erb LoVullo
Verde Brand Communications
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