Scarpa North America Blog

Seven Spring Crags That Aren’t Indian Creek

Mar. 26th 2015

You know winter’s running out of steam when you start dreaming of splitter cracks, perfect pockets and desert towers. That glorious red sand has a way of permeating every article of clothing and crevice of our brains– and we love it. It’s a sign of spring as much as baby bunnies and flowers. Yet if for some reason you’re hoping to switch things up this season, have a look at these other spring crags which feature cool rock and tons of route variety for your soft, pale winter body.

Michael Rosato on top of The Cube Boulder in Red Rock, NV. Photo Credit: Jeremy Thomley

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Erik Weihenmayer’s No Barriers Life

Mar. 18th 2015

From the Seven Summits to sheer ice faces and the class IV rapids on the Grand Canyon, Erik Weihenmayer has proven that there really is no place too far to explore. He’s circumnavigated the globe countless times on various expeditions, ticking off epic ascents of some of the world’s hardest climbs. While the well known sends and daring river descents make headlines, Erik recently spoke with us about his adventures that stand out for different reasons. The very reasons why we all step into the unknown and seek new adventures.

Erik Weihenmayer, Jeff Evans, and Eric Alexander on the summit of Mt. Everest.

Erik Weihenmayer, Jeff Evans, and Eric Alexander on the summit of Mt. Everest. Photo Credit: Luis Benitez

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R-evolution Plus GTX is Built for All Terrain Adventure

Mar. 18th 2015

It comes down to this: SCARPA’s R-evolution Plus GTX boot is a versatile all-conditions trekking boot that can handle the rigors of the mountain wilderness like no other. Whether shouldering heavy loads, crossing snowfields, climbing scree or covering miles of single track in route to new heights, the Revolution Plus GTX is built to prevail.

Trekking through Wrangell – St Elias National Park, Alaska. Photo Credit: www.hagephoto.com

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Are We Hardwired for Adventure?

Mar. 17th 2015

by Rob Coppolillo

People much smarter, braver, and tougher than me have spent books upon books writing about adventure. They’ve gone bigger than me, written in second and third languages about epics on unknown peaks, survived buck-naked disasters in backwater republics, been held hostage by savage barbarians in empires that have crumbled to dust.

But I did lead the Bastille Crack (5.7) in a snowstorm one time … and this was in the days before cell phones, so it counts as “extreme.” Has Reinhold Messner climbed the Bastille in winter? Thought so.

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Freeheelers Raise the Bar at the 5th Annual Big Mtn. Comp

Mar. 16th 2015

Story by Paul Kimbrough, photos by @teleskiermag / @joshnomadsen 

With a new 3-day structure and good weather roughly 80 telemarkers put on a wild display on Grand Targhee’s Peaked venues. Snowy skies and good visibility greeted the juniors for Friday’s junior qualifying day and the nearly 40 contestants age 11-18 got two runs to impress the judges and earn the honor to ski in the Saturday finals.

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Adventure Into the Unknown with Chris Davenport

Mar. 12th 2015

At the heart of any adventurer is the courage to take a leap into the unknown, to explore far and wide, and to set out to achieve what no man or woman has done before. Three such adventurers call themselves the Centennial Skiers, and they fit this bill quite perfectly.

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Throughout their home of Colorado resides the 100 highest summits in the state known as the Centennial Peaks; these three Aspen ski mountaineers, Chris Davenport, Christy Mahon, and Ted Mahon, have embarked on an outstanding goal to ski them all.

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SCARPA’s First Friday Film Fest: March

Mar. 6th 2015

Happy First Friday Film Fest! See the latest video collection featuring our athletes on big mountain adventures. From V14 sends to Aspen’s big lines and weekending in Vermont, take a break from your day and get stoked for the weekend.

Spring Time Big Lines: Hunter Hayden Linkup

Jake Sakson and Paul Kimbrough, of Beans and Rice Free Ride, knock off two of Aspen’s big lines in a single push, skiing the East face of Hunter (13,497′) and the West face of Ski Hayden (13,300′). Both lines are 3,500′ of non stop leg screaming fun and offer steep open faces, reminiscent of Alaska style shredding.

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Elite Ski Mountaineering with Team Crested Butte

Feb. 25th 2015

By Jon Brown

GO-CB is an elite ski mountaineering team of athletes from the Gunnison Valley. Jon Brown, Bryan Wickenhauser, Jari Kirkland, Brian Smith and Stevie Kremer make up the accomplished line-up. The Team has enjoyed the support of Scarpa for 12 years and owes its longevity to a shared passion for adventure and competition.

Go-CB on the top of Mont Fort in Switzerland.

Go-CB on top of the world (Mont-Fort) at the Ski Mountaineering World Championships 2015. Photo credit: Teague Holmes

March is just around the corner and things are about to get crazy with most of the biggest races on the US Skimo calendar stacked up in the next 6 weeks.

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All About Skimo: Max Taam Recaps the 2015 World Championships

Feb. 25th 2015

Between ski patrolling full time on Aspen Mountain, training for skimo and racing, SCARPA athlete, Max Taam, rarely has a day out of ski boots all winter and spring. And the 2015 ISMF World Championship in Switzerland this February was no different. This was the fourth Worlds for the 32-year-old representing the US National Team, where he and John Gaston placed an impressive 15th in the Senior Men’s category with a time of 2 hours and 34 minutes.

Max Taam bootpacking up Sunlight Resort during the COSMIC Heathen Challenge. Photo credit: Joe Risi

Max Taam bootpacking up Sunlight Resort during the COSMIC Heathen Challenge. Photo credit: Joe Risi

We chatted with Max about his season so far, and highlights from Verbier:

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SCARPA Alien Series: Ski Mountaineering Meets Rando Race Efficiency

Feb. 25th 2015

The fusion of rando race efficiency with ski mountaineering is changing the way we ski. Whether it’s big mountain pursuits, in a comp, or simply in our backyard hills, this new dynamic is turning out of reach objectives and better race performances into realities.

Andy Dorais skinning in the Aliens.

Andy Dorais skinning in the Aliens.

Combining the lightweight aesthetics of skimo racing with backcountry proficiency, SCARPA has engineered the Alien and Alien 1.0, the benchmark for ultra-light touring and racing performance. With ergonomics that maximize cuff articulation and natural striding, these boot essentials are available for skiers who want the freedom of movement in a boot that can get them into the hills like they’ve never done before.

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