Save the date for Petzl RopeTrip North American Series–2018 Rope Access Challenge & Symposium. Scheduled for Feb 12-16, 2018, this North American edition of Petzl RopeTrip will feature a two-day rope access competition, one-day rope access symposium, and two optional days of training courses. The event is open to teams from all nations.

Petzl America will sponsor the airfare of the highest ranking team from North America that can attend the Petzl RopeTrip International Challenge in Düsseldorf, Germany in early June 2018.

Event Details

  • Dates: Feb 12-16, 2018
  • Location: Petzl Technical Institute, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Competition Rules:  Teams must consist of three-person teams. Click here for a complete list of rules.
    • Petzl can help place individuals on teams
  • Cost: 
    • Challenge competitor and symposium participant – $70 per person or $210 per team
      • Includes three lunches, one dinner reception, and admission to the competition and symposium
    • Challenge spectator and symposium participant – $120 per person
      • Includes three lunches, one dinner reception, and admission to the symposium
    • Optional PPE Competent Person course – $400 per person (discounted rate for RopeTrip participants)
      • Includes two days of PPE training and two lunches


5-Day Agenda

  • Day 1: Registration, PPE Inspection, Skills Testing, Qualification Round
  • Day 2: Qualification Round, Semifinals & Finals, Dinner Reception
  • Day 3: Technical Rope Access Symposium
    • Demonstrations and Presentations – included in registration fees
  • Days 4 & 5: Optional two-day PPE Competent Person course

Experience the excitement of Petzl RopeTrip and see this amazing event in action with the official Petzl RopeTrip video from 2016.

Symposium Outline (preliminary agenda)


  • Rope access equipment and technical application testing
  • New Petzl product knowledge practical workshops
  • Rope Access advanced rescue technique validation


  • ANSI Z459 rope access standard review
  • Rope Access technician repetitive injury research
  • Access rigging – Nicaragua, Masaya volcano expedition 2017

Optional PPE Competent Person Course Outline

Objective: Learn to competently examine work-at-height personal protective equipment using the Petzl protocol and to create an effective PPE-management system.


  • Risk assessment and associated decision making.
  • Potential hazards associated with the use of PPE for protection against falls from height.
  • Legislation and current requirements regarding the management of PPE.
  • Definition of “competent person.”
  • General principles and uses of PPE.
  • Employer and PPE inspector responsibilities.
  • Understanding a technical notice.
  • Principal actions of the examiner: maintenance, returns under warranty, removal of products from service, etc.
  • Principal corrective actions: information to provide for the users and/or their management system.
  • Necessary tools and work environment to efficiently perform PPE examination.
  • Presentation of Petzl Technical Institute PPE examination protocol.
  • Pre-use checks, special inspections, thorough examinations, signs and symptoms, significance of any defects, criteria for removal from service.
  • Identify defects and damage which would result in the item being removed from service.
  • Inspection reporting.

Liability release download

Medical form download

More details to follow with logistic, travel, and registration information.