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.
Passionate about being in the vertical world, Nate has been climbing rocks, ice, ropes, trees, and plastic for over 25 years. As a member of the Petzl team for over a decade, he has worked closely with every Professional and Sport application of Petzl products and has extensive training in each at-height discipline. Currently, Nate serves as the Petzl Technical Institute Trainer where his comprehensive background allows him to educate others on Petzl products, current practices, standards, and applications.
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.
With a deep knowledge of the Petzl product line gained from years working in the Aftersales Department, Eddie is an experienced rock and ice climber, as well as a SPRAT Level I rope access technician. In the Petzl Technical Institute, he assists with the rigging and delivery of work-at-height training across various industries, and is the main routesetter of the facility’s climbing wall. He also works in Technical Information to help represent Petzl on ANSI committees and facilitate new product testing and certification.
Professional Division Key Account / National Sales 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.
Western Sales Manager
Steve’s background includes over 20 years of part-time and volunteer work as a mountain rescue specialist, medic, sheriff’s deputy, SWAT officer, and firefighter. With a lifetime of mountain rescue skills, his passion for helping others combined with training in rope access, tower climbing, and tactical operations along with 25 years of professional sales experience give him unique motivation and understanding for serving our customers on the move.
Rudy’s work-at-height career started to root six years ago in the tree care industry after graduating summa cum laude in both Urban Forestry and Natural Resource Conservation. Rudy has a strong affinity for all managerial, sales, and production aspects of tree care, but loves working at height in all industries. He is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified-Arborist, Tree Risk Assessment Qualified, a Certified Treecare Safety Professional, and a SPRAT Level 1 Rope Access Technician. When not aloft, you can find Rudy running up to 100 mountainous miles in one push, or in the kitchen trying to be a chef.
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.
Jesse is certified by the American Mountain Guides Association as a Rock, Alpine & Ski Guide, and licensed internationally by the IFMGA/UIAGM. He has been mountain guiding and instructing in diverse venues across the country for over 25 years- occasionally guiding summit climbs of Mt. Rainier and the Grand Teton in the same week. An environmental biologist by degree, he has also worked as a residential carpenter and university academic instructor. He managed Petzl America’s Technical Institute from 2015-2017, and coordinated programs in PPE management, rope access, fall protection, arborism, tower work, firefighter escape systems, and partner rescue. Jesse also owns and operates Cloudsplitter LLC- a separate division offering consulting and contracting for Managed Fall Protection Programs and general ‘work at height’ training in commercial recreational, institutional and unconventional programs- including the Climbing Wall Association’s Work At Height and Climbing Wall Instructor programs, and the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance’s Professional Anchor Replacement Initiative.
Maurice has more than 30 years of experience in the tree care industry as a production climber, and has 14 years of experience as an instructor for arborists in professional education centers. He founded the company En Suspension, which trains and educates tree climbers for tree care, tree removals, chainsaw management, and rescue. He has been involved at Petzl with the development of tree care products and is currently the Technical Sales Representative for Western Quebec.
Micah’s knowledge and expertise is both varied and strong. With over 20 years experience as a rope rescue technician, a seasoned fire fighter/ first responder, and mountain guide, Micah brings a wide variety of rescue skills and knowledge to share. Micah is one of the only rescue techs in the country with Rope Access, Rope Rescue, Mountain Rescue, ITRA Instructor Confined Space & Rope Level 3, ITRA Registered Assessor and the full International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA) certifications. This unique blend of knowledge ranging from backcountry rescue to industrial rescue, allowed Micah to become a leader in these areas within the Fire Department and the Regional Rescue Teams. He has helped to inform OSHA as they create new guidelines surrounding rock climbing and guiding as well as testing both recreational and industrial rescue equipment for leading companies.