HERA Climb4Life Event Raises $20,000 for Ovarian Cancer Research

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (November 16, 2015) — Petzl is proud to announce the 2015 HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation’s Climb4Life series raised more than $20,000 for ovarian cancer research. The Petzl Technical Institute hosted a special screening of Reel Rock 10 for HERA family, friends and supporters at its 15,000-square-foot technical training facility in Utah’s Salt Lake Valley to benefit cancer research.

Petzl is a strong supporter of Climb4Life, an organization dedicated to engaging communities and climbers to a global cause through its connection of conquering mountains outside and internally.

“The skills learned in climbing—problem solving, risk taking and confidence in their decision making—enable people to climb all the mountains in their lives,” said the late Sean Patrick, founder of HERA.

Petzl’s North American headquarters is based in Salt Lake City, UT. The family-owned company traces its roots to underground exploration. In 1956, founder Fernand Petzl set a world depth record of -3,681 feet (1,122 meters) in the Gouffre Berger, an extensive cave system near his home in France.

The Petzl Technical Institute is a continuation of Petzl’s original mission: to enable and educate people on how to safely access some of the most inaccessible places above and below ground. 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 135 people, among other features.

Petzl operates a similar training facility at its worldwide headquarters in France.

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

HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation
Established in 2002, the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer by promoting Health, Empowerment, Research, and Awareness. As a nationally recognized ovarian cancer organization, HERA provides funding for cutting-edge research grants to scientists at respected medical institutions. In so doing, HERA attracts more researchers to expand the scientific understanding of ovarian cancer while improving the lives of those battling the disease. In addition, HERA awards grants to local community groups to raise awareness about the disease in novel and unusual ways. More information is available at

Christina Erb LoVullo 
Verde Brand Communications
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