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 Course: PPE Competent Person – $400 per person (discounted rate for RopeTrip participants)
      • Includes two days of PPE training and two lunches
    • Optional Course: Physics for Roping Technicians – $460 per person
      • Includes two day workshop and two lunches


5-Day Agenda

  • Day 1: Registration, PPE Inspection, Skills Testing, Qualification Round
  • Day 2: Qualification Round, Semifinals & Finals, Dinner Reception – 80’s Ski Theme!
  • Day 3: Technical Rope Access Symposium
    • Demonstrations and Presentations – included in registration fees
  • Days 4 & 5: Optional Course: Two-day PPE Competent Person course
  • Days 4 & 5: Optional Course: Two-day Physics For Roping Technicians

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)

AM Presentations (Castleton Lecture Room)

  • ANSI Z459 rope access standard review and near miss/incident report – Keith Luscinski
  • Access rigging – Nicaragua, Masaya volcano expedition 2017 – Max Dugal
  • Rigging for Rescue vs Rigging for Lower – Richard Delaney

           (lunch included)

PM Demonstrations (PTI Training Facility)

  • Rope access equipment and technical application testing – Jeremiah Wangsgard
  • Rope Access advanced rescue technique validation – Brian Cruikshank
  • Rigging for Rescue vs Rigging for Lower – Richard Delaney

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.


Optional Course: Exploring the Physics used by Roping Technicians

Presented by: Richard Delaney – RopeLab

Objective: Explore some of the physics that can underpin a deep understanding of many of the techniques used by roping technicians.

Content: This two-day theoretical and practical workshop will focus on equipment, knots, ratings, friction, and mechanical advantage and will explore some of the misconceptions that are commonly taught as fact.

One of the key themes for this workshop will be that Gin Poles are the ultimate teaching tool for Artificial High Directionals. If we understand the theory of tensile and compressive forces and how they act then it is relatively straightforward to work with Gin Poles. Once these basics are established, other multi-legged and guyed structures seem simple.

Another area of focus will be the application of understanding to developing “fit-for-task” justifications for applications such as lightweight equipment for back-country rescue teams.


Sessions will be conducted both theoretically and practically so participants will need to have prior experience working in vertical roped environments.

The content is relevant for rope access technicians, rescue operators, riggers, and anyone else who uses rope to protect or move people and loads.


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Travel & Lodging

Salt Lake International Airport

776 N Terminal Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84122

The Salt Lake International airport is located 4 miles from downtown Salt Lake City and 10 miles from the Petzl America Headquarters.


Travel from Salt Lake International airport to Petzl America is less than 10 miles. We recommend using a rideshare option or public transit as the easiest option to and from. SLCIA also hosts a number of car rental companies and cab rides for those interested.

UberLyftUtah Transit Authority: Green LineCabCar Rentals


Petzl America is a 10 minute walk from the Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites. Petzl has reserved a room block – reference “PETZL” when reserving your space. The pricing is available until 1/31/18. See rates below:

Holiday Inn Express – 801.517.4000

3036 Decker Lake Dr, West Valley City, UT 84119

Standard Two Queen or King Room – $96 / night

Suite Two Queen or King Room – $104 / night

Staybridge Suites – 801.746.8400

3038 Decker Lake Dr, West Valley City, UT 84119

Studio Queen Suite – $102 / night

One Bedroom Suite (Two Queen or King) – $119 / night