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Monthly Archives: July 2010

SCARPA Instinct hits Main Street Bozeman

Jul. 27th 2010

One of our sales reps, Dan Gettmann, stopped by Barrel Mountaineering up in Bozeman, MT, recently, and was stoked to find the new SCARPA Instinct highlighted with this drawing on the board outside the shop on the main drag in downtown.

The folks at Barrel like to highlight products they’re psyched on with an artistic interpretation on the board, so Brandon Smith, a local climber who works in the shop (and has been logging some time in and liking the Instincts), created this drawing, highlighting the fact the Instinct recently won Climbing Magazine’s 2010 Editor’s Choice Award.

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Invernos: Helping you not tear up the greens

Jul. 27th 2010

SCARPA Invernos are one of the most popular and well-loved double plastic boots in the world.

Here, then, courtesy of SCARPA athlete Eric Larson, is a shot showing just how versatile the Inverno is: Traction without the ugly and potentially embarrasing side effect of tearing up the fairway or the greens. That is versatility defined.

True to our mountain roots, though, that course does look a little rugged.

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Packing for the Grand Teton with Exum Mountain Guides

Jul. 21st 2010

Speaking of the Grand Teton, SCARPA over the past fall and winter took on the project of building a hiking/approach/rock shoe specifically for the needs of Exum Mountain Guides up in Grand Teton National Park, where you need to be able to do long approaches and climbing moderate rock in on pair of footwear.

Here’s a little vid of Exum guide Brenton Reagan taking you through what you’ll need to get up the Grand in summer conditions, including the resulting SCARPA Dharma Pro. The Dharma is now what Exum is using as its go-to shoe for guides and clients alike.

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Full-conditions climbing: ‘Everyone else just got better-looking’

Jul. 21st 2010

Sizzling summer temps and quiet blue skies provide the ideal backdrop when climbing the Grand Teton in Wyoming. The Exum Ridge, a trademark route, gets climbed ad nauseam because of its aesthetic, scenic nature and airy exposure. Parties often tackle the route in a long day. Guides solo the upper Ridge, short-roping clients through the exposed 5th class terrain, arriving at the summit in customary good form.

However, it’s a completely different story when Old Man Winter perks up – which went well into what most consider summer months this year. Seven thousand feet separate the valley floor from the spikey crown of the Teton Range. Late Spring storms and huge temperature gradients paint the upper stretches of the mountain in snow, ice and rime that often linger until mid-July—a full-meal-deal for mountaineers.

I climbed the upper route a few weeks ago with a friend who’s a much more experienced winter climber, which is good for me because … well …  he’ll lead the hard pitches and I get the added value of learning how better to negotiate technical terrain in its winterized state of affairs. At the time of our climb, one guiding service forbid its guides from taking clients up the Exum Ridge because of conditions.

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Get a little insight into SCARPA athlete Rob Pizem on Deadpoint

Jul. 19th 2010

Whether it’s putting up stout routes on the Front Ranges or free-climbing on Yosemite’s big walls, Rob Pizem gets after it. Especially for a guy with a ‘real’ job.

Rob’s a high school teacher who rock climbs in his spare time, or maybe it’s the other way around. Whichever he does in his spare time, he seems to do both things really well. And maybe it’s no coincidence, being a high school teacher and motivating kids, that he’s not only extremely motivated himself, but also just a good, genuine person who’s a good spokesman for the sport.

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Back beyond vertical: Meastrale put to the test

Jul. 16th 2010

Yeah, we realize it’s not really ski season anymore, but here in Colorado, ski season can almost be any month of the year. And, hey, we’re starting to ship ski boots to dealers this month, so despite it being trail running, climbing and backpacking season, it’s sorta always ski season around here. At least in the mind’s eye …

With that out of the way, here’s a little post from freelance gear designer extraordinaire David Schipper, who used a pre-production version of SCARPA’s new Meastrale alpine-touring boot (due out here this coming fall) during a ski tour late this spring. The goal of their little outing this past April was skiing 130 miles, with 40,000 vertical feet of climbing and descent, crossing fourteeen Colorado 14,000′ peaks in the process.

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Climbing Magazine gives Editor’s Choice Award to SCARPA Instinct

Jul. 14th 2010

Since rock shoe master Heinz Mariacher took over designing SCARPA’s climbing line a little over three years ago, the brand has pulled down nine Editor’s Choice awards or five-star reviews for seven of its Mariacher-designed shoes.

Add another to the list: SCARPA’s new Instinct, a downturned performance all-arounder, this week earned an Editor’s Choice Award from Climbing Magazine.

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