The company originated with Fernand Petzl who was a passionate caving enthusiast. His experiments with techniques for ascent and decent underground led to him designing and making a lot of his own equipment, which he went on to sell to fellow cavers. From this beginning he went on to apply use of his products to mountaineering, then rock climbing and industry.
Today his son Paul Petzl carries on this tradition. Working closely with the World’s top climbers, cavers and professionals they continue to innovate for the vertical and underground world.