“The year was 1989, and Peter Popall was climbing with his 10-year-old son, Thibault. Popall didn’t feel exceptionally comfortable with young Thibault on the belay, and as the Petzl technical director, this discomfort got him thinking. Not long after, Popall foudn himself drinking coffee with co-workers Paul Petzl, alain Maurice, and Michel Suhubiette. He spoke up. “We have to find a solution where a kid can easily hold a falling adult,” he said.”
While threading tree trunks after a session that went past sundown, you’ll be psyched to click on the PETZL TIKKA XP 2, a 60-lumen light chucker with one, high-output white LED.
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