At 1,495 meters above sea level, Medellin the city of eternal spring, saw a high-rise event bloom; The Petzl Ropetrip Series Latin America, which is the first time came to our Colombian territory. Below you
will find some of the stories what we could live during its realization.
It took place at CES University which cordially opened its doors to receive a shock of excitement and expectations. The first day in the morning, the participants were available to register their respective
teams, received kits #petzlropetripcolombia2016 which also included a limited edition of Buff® Headwear, inspired by the richness and iconographic values of our precolumbian culture and elements
representative of the Petzl vertical work.
After the lunch and once the participants were organized, the technical conference was done, Time to clarify the methodology of the judges, penalties, doubts and details about the awards; Followed by the
route for each of the tests installed in the different spaces that the University enabled for the development of the competition, It was a suitable environment and having the security measures required to
carry out an event of this magnitude..
For the first time in our country we had an event that offered a space for theoretical and practical growth of vertical workers, where we had the pleasure of being able to count on different brands that
contribute every day to the growth of the sector, promoting safety and providing Solutions with the last Technology for performing high risk jobs.
As organizers of the event we are totally satisfied with the response to the announcement. All latitudes were present; Russia, Canada, Brazil, Ecuador, Chile and Colombia. The integration of different
cultures and languages in one language: safe work at heights, passion for the ropes and one of the most relevant events, the participation of one team composed entirely of women.
An ascent of 15 meters where we tested skill and endurance of each participant and where the best time registered was the participant VASILII KHOKHRIN of the VAR Russia team who performed the test in just 43
ART IN HEIGHTS
Resistance, memory and effective communication were essential to carry out this test in a real working environment. The objective was Install successfully the Petzl photograph on the facade, made of 3
sections of 3 banners (segmented one in sections of 50cm x 4m), on a stage with multiple competition scenario with 3 teams participating simultaneously.
Participants should (in the first instance) access the pieces of the puzzle, then they should pass them to their partner, who would be in charge of placing them correctly on the board to complete the image.
In this exercise they had a limited number of tools, and the slightest technical error could mean a penalty..
A test to highlight all the importance of salvage activities at heights. It consisted of deploying all the professional techniques that allowed to rescue a partner of the participating team with a limited
Skills, aim and endurance, put to the test the patience of the spectators; meanwhile the competitors executed cargo handling through the structure arranged for the challenge, using complex lifting technique
and load displacement.
BALLS OF FIRE (SEMIFINAL)
The participating teams progressed through a rope circuit, they were prepared to lead the balls and score more number of times, which meant an important challenge for our semifinalists as shooting up and from
a distance was not easy activity.
JUST MARRIED (FINAL)
Our finalist teams had to become priests, groom and bride. Each one from his role fulfilled certain missions through the circuit prepared for the test. The brides were responsible for rescuing her groom and
the priest. The bride and groom took care of looking for the rings and the bride’s garter at the end of the circuit. The priest, for his part, assembled what would be the altar to bless his team and celebrate
winners of the competition Petzl Ropetrip Series Latin America Colombia 2016.
The closing ceremony began with the awards presented to the winning teams RESCATE GARSA (Colombia), VAR (Russia) and RAT Team (Canada) in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively.. After all of us experienced an
emotionally charged afternoon, Javier Urueña (Petzl Commercial Director in Colombia), Offered in appreciation for the experience and results achieved; was projected a video-summary (link) with vallenato music
(typical Colombian musical rhythm) this fantastic event that marked our hearts forever was finished!
We especially thank Roberto Gutiérrez, Jhon Aldana, the teams of Cromatóphoro and SUR Company for giving us the opportunity to relive the emotions of Petzl RopeTrip Colombia 2016 with the photographs they
have made for us.
Text. Angie Lorena Lesmes