Technical Institute Manager
Keith’s entire career has been built around keeping people safe at height. From developing recreational tree climbing programs, to guiding multi-pitch rock climbs, to managing industrial rope access projects, Keith has always had a passion for teaching others to work and recreate in the vertical world. As the Technical Institute Manager, Keith is responsible for overseeing all of Petzl America’s training activities. He is currently involved with standards development within SPRAT and ANSI, but stays in touch with his rock climbing roots through his work with the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance.
Technical Information Manager
Jeremiah Wangsgard has over 20 years of experience in rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering and canyoneering, and over a decade worth of experience in training recreational, rescue and work-at-height technical rope skills. He is responsible for validating all technical content for communications, training material, product information/instructions disseminated by Petzl America and responds to technical inquiries that cannot be answered by CSS or ASS departments. As the Technical Information Manager, Jeremiah represents Petzl in standards committees and industry trade organizations (e.g. SPRAT, ANSI, NFPA) and manages prototype testing for North America and assists in product certification to North American standards.
Peter’s focus has never wondered too far from Utah’s many outdoor offerings. An avid skier, boater and nature enthusiast, he’s been with the Petzl Technical Institute since 2014. His role is varied and includes facility maintenance, event coordination and PPE inspection and oversight. Peter is also a CWI certified climbing wall instructor and SPRAT I rope access technician.
Petzl Professional Division Manager
Michel has been fascinated with working and playing in vertical environments for over 37 years. Since 2003, he has been the Professional Division Manager at Petzl America, a world-leading designer and manufacturer of work-at-height and rescue equipment. Michel started rock climbing in Eastern Canada in 1976 and taught the sport for several years before moving over to the professional side to provide training to tower workers, rope-access technician, tactical officers and rescuers. Michel was one of the first six original SPRAT Evaluators who help develop certification standards and safe work practices for the North American rope-access community.
Firefighter, SWAT officer, and lead trainer
Steve Crandall has been involved in the rescue world for almost three decades. Starting as a member of a wilderness-based search and rescue team in the 1980s, he responded to numerous call-outs and attended many trainings in rope rescue, swift water rescue, dive rescue, backcountry search procedures, helicopter operations, etc. Steve currently serves as a Captain for a fire department-based Heavy Rescue Team. During his professional fire service career, he has served as a firefighter, paramedic, tactical medic, department training captain, and FEMA/USAR Rescue Manager.