Scarpa North America Blog

How to Set Great Gym Routes with Joel Zerr

May. 21st 2015

Climbing participation has exploded due in part to the growth of climbing gyms. These indoor facilities provide both a controlled environment for new climbers to test the waters and a place for more seasoned climbers to train year round. Part of the attraction of gym climbing is variety. With quality route setting, a gym can offer a new experience with almost every visit. But good route setting is a science not easily replicated according to SCARPA athlete and USAC Level IV sport and bouldering route setter Joel Zerr. Joel currently sets for The Spot in Boulder, Colorado. He’s also guest set for countless gyms and national competitions including USAC youth events and the UBC Pro Tour. Quality route setting, according to Joel, is critical to the enjoyment of indoor climbing and it can actually help a climber progress. Here are a few of his tips to get it right.

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Three Steps to Help Kickstart Your Spring Trail Running

May. 19th 2015

Spring is about transition: cold to warm, snow to dirt, and winter activities to summer activities. It’s a transition of muscle usage as well. Often fitness gains from winter activities can transfer well. But after several months of low mileage, it’s important to be smart about your first few trail sessions. We asked to SCARPA Athlete Jeremy Duncan share his secrets that will help you pull your SCARPA trail runners back out of the closet and get back into the groove.

Jeremy Duncan trains in the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado.

Jeremy Duncan trains in the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorao.

1. Start Slow

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SCARPA’s Zen Pro and Moraine Mid Offer Performance with a Purpose

May. 19th 2015

On trail and off, light hiking boots have to contend with myriad circumstances: dust, scree, mud, rocks, roots, washed out switchbacks—the list goes on. Whether you’re covering ground on multi-day journeys on the Pacific Crest Trail, or slithering up an incipient single track to the base of a climb in the Wind Rivers of Wyoming, the right kind of light hiker is clutch. We like to think we’ve got you covered. Why? Because they do.

Backpacker at Ornak Peak in Tatra Mountains, Poland

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SCARPA Answers Your Top Five Product Questions

May. 15th 2015

We talked with our fantastic customer service team here at SCARPA North America about the most frequently asked questions they get from customers. Take a look below to see if some of their answers will help you figure out what approach shoe to buy, how to take care of your SCARPA boots, and how you can get some free stickers sent right to your door.

So what makes an approach shoe…an approach shoe?

Approach shoes are essentially the most comfortable rock shoes you will ever wear. Designed for scrambling, technical approaches, and low-grade climbing, they have especially sticky soles and rubber toe rands for overall better traction on rock. Different types of approach shoes are developed to meet a range of needs and conditions.

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SCARPA’S FIRST FRIDAY FILM FEST: MAY

May. 1st 2015

Can you believe it’s May already? Either way, TGIFFFF (Thank God It’s First Friday Film Fest)! From the freshly powdered trees of New Hampshire to the toughest routes in Lebanon, check out what a few of our athletes have been up to this month.

Working For The Weekend S2|E2 – New Hampshire River Shred

By midwinter, the river beds around the East Coast have filled up and are ready to be shredded. Ben Leoni and his fellow weekend warrior buddy, Dr. Motley, find an ideal stream in backwoods New Hampshire.

Rooted: Climbing Lebanon (Teaser)

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Raphael Slawinski Reports from Everest Basecamp

Apr. 29th 2015

Editor’s note: We are relieved to hear that SCARPA Ambassador Raphael Slawinski and his teammates are safe and sound on the north side of Everest, but our hearts ache for all the people in the region affected by this weekends earthquake. Chinese officials just announced that they have closed the north side of Everest to climbing. Here, Raphael shares his experience on the mountain during the quake and reflects on what’s to come.

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Everest in Alpine Style: Gearing Up for the Ascent

Apr. 22nd 2015

This is the second report from SCARPA Athlete Raphael Slawinski, as he attempted to climb a new route on the North side of Mt. Everest.

Everest basecamp, April 16. I looked up from my laptop, distracted by a sound outside the yellow mess tent. It wasn’t the Buddhist chant that’d been playing all morning in the kitchen tent next door. No, it sounded like a four-wheel drive truck bumping over the cobbles. What, here in Everest basecamp at 5100 metres? Well, yes. The days of trekking into Chinese Base Camp (CBC) are gone. They’ve been made obsolete by a dirt track winding its way up the Rongbuk valley on the north side of Everest, all the way to where it’s blocked by moraines.

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Everest in Alpine Style: Training Day

Apr. 21st 2015

Editor’s Note: This spring, SCARPA Athlete Raphael Slawinski, winner of the 2014 Piolet d’Or for his K6 West expedition, has set his sight on a lofty goal—8,000 meters. And not just any 8,000-meter peak, Slawinski and his partners David Gottler and Daniel Bartsh are eyeing a new route on Mt. Everest. The team will acclimatize and climb this route in pure alpine style, without the assistance of oxygen, fixed ropes, or porters, over the next two months. And thanks to the technological marvels of the modern era like satellite internet and social media, you’ll be able to follow along on this expedition through semi-regular blog posts (like this one) and social media updates posted here and on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.

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SCARPA Crux Approach Shoe Meets the Vapor V

Apr. 13th 2015

Our approach to climbing is simple. Enter the Crux and Vapor V, a rock climber’s conquering combo. Talented in their own realms, the approach shoe and all-around climber are an ideal pair, whether hiking into the crag or setting bigger sights on multi-pitch mountain climbs that include route finding, scrambling, belayed climbs and long slogs back to the car. Together they are the archetypal footwear package that provides climbers the maximum sensitivity, comfort and performance for the myriad scenarios played out in the rocky hills.

David Allfrey climbing in his Vapor Vs on Free Rider (5.12b) in Yosemite Valley. Photo credit: Austin Siadak

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VIDEO: Tips for Choosing Your Next Climbing Shoe

Apr. 10th 2015

SCARPA athlete Dan Beall shares his tips for picking your next rock shoe, whether you’re just starting out or need to sail through the crux of your next project.

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