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Monthly Archives: September 2010

Lumpy Ridge Adopt-a-Crag Event

Sep. 30th 2010

SCARPA North America is always psyched to support its partners and their projects, but we get especially stoked when a project goes down around our stomping grounds, like the event planned for this weekend supporting Front Range climbing, just outside of our hometown of Boulder, Colo. The Access Fund, a SCARPA partner, runs a program called Adopt-a-Crag, and October 1-3, the action continues at Lumpy Ridge in Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes, Colo. The event is hosted by the Front Range Section of the American Alpine Club and will be open to the public.

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Will Gadd: the souls of rock shoes

Sep. 27th 2010

I still vividly remember the day I bought my first pair of climbing shoes. The first thing that hit me was the leathery smell that wafted out as I opened the crisp box lid and saw the shoes packed carefully in white tissue paper like some sort of perfect Japanese melons.  The light disappeared into the blackness of the new rubber soles, and the laces begged for immediate bondage.

Will Gadd in Canada, 1984 - nice hexes!

But, as much as I loved the physical stuff in the box, what was most exciting to my 15-year-old mind was the very idea of what the shoes promised: Climbing! Adventure!

Breaking in new climbing shoes is a ritual, and I’d read that the best way to break in new shoes was to get them wet and then wear them around (this is actually horrible advice, but on par with the other advice I was getting as a teenager). I started with taking a shower while wearing the shoes. My mom is still annoyed about the black marks the soles left on the shower stall walls; she just couldn’t understand how they got there. (You can friction off of even wet tile if you try hard enough.)

After getting them good and wet, I wore them around the house for another hour. I’d like to say that I then went climbing in them, but it was February in Canada and climbing gyms hadn’t been invented yet. I waited until a day that was barely above freezing and then traversed back and forth on the wall of the local Texaco until the manager busted me in the same hard-ass way he busted skateboarders. Even though the shoes were ridiculously tight, I still ran.

And was back later that day.

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Rottefella NTN rebate offers $100 for telemarkers ready to commit

Sep. 24th 2010

Cool news for telemarkers! Rottefella is offering a $100 rebate for those who purchase both NTN bindings and any NTN boot, including the SCARPA Terminator X, Terminator X Pro and TX Comp, between Oct 1, 2010 and January 31, 2011.

Coming into it’s fourth season, the NTN system is the most innovative telemark binding system, offering more power, performance and ease of use than any other telemark binding available. The binding and boots from SCARPA’s NTN collection have won Backcountry Magazine Editor’s Choice Awards each of the last two years.

To get the rebate, which comes in the form of a Visa gift card after purchase, you just have to send in a receipt for boots and bindings dated between Oct. 1, 2010 and Jan. 31, 2011, along with the filled in form from Rottefella. To get a copy of the form, just click on the ‘more’ button at the bottom of this post, then save the form to your desktop and print out.  These forms will also be available through retail shops that sell the NTN system and at ski demos where you try the NTN system.

Stay tuned, Rottefella is planning an NTN tour across the U.S. this season. We’ll post the details as soon as we know.

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Don’t judge the shoe by its … uh … assymetric downturn

Sep. 16th 2010

If you are climbing hard routes these days, downturned shoes are most likely what you’re in.

If you’re perhaps a little on the old-school side and/or you’re just used to using more comfortable shoes, it can be hard to see the light first time you pull on a pair of more assymetrical, downturned shoes, like SCARPA’s Vapor V. Especially if you judge them from this one experience … One might even conclude you only benefit from such shoes if you are climbing super steep, super hard terrain.

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Eric Larson hits base camp on quest for ‘third pole’

Sep. 14th 2010

Polar explorer (and sometimes climber) Eric Larson completed his trek to Everest base camp this week, and arrived to find what makes the fall season in some ways the better one in which to attempt the world’s highest peak – only two other teams and roughly 25 people in base camp … as compared to as many as 500 in the spring season.

Arriving in base camp two days ago, he got his first glimpses of the mountain he hopes to climb – the third pole, as he calls it. If you’re not familiar with Eric’s Save the Poles effort, check it out here.

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Backcountry Mag gives SCARPA four Editor’s Choice Awards

Sep. 8th 2010

Backcountry Magazine’s first issue of the year, its annual gear guide, just came out, and the folks over here at SCARPA were psyched to be the recipients of four Editor’s Choice Awards for ski boots in the Fall 2010 collection – more awards than any other single boot manufacturer.

Boots that won awards include two ski boots in the freeride/alpine-touring collection, the Mobe, a tech-compatible, lightweight AT boot with serious downhill chops (see photo), as well as the Shaka, a women’s AT boot that’ll do it all – touring to area skiing.

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This brings new meaning to fast and light …

Sep. 1st 2010

One of the key athletes involved in SCARPA’s 2010 redesign of its technical mountaineering boot line is Ueli Steck. In fact, Steck was super involved in giving design feedback that helped SCARPA achieve a new sole/midsole design that both increased shock absorption for walking while simultaneously increasing climbing precision – seemingly goals at odds.

If you pay even a little attention to the world of climbing, you probably know this guy gets after it and excels in all realms of the sport – hard rock climbing, alpine terrain at elevation, and just being fast.

Absurdly fast.

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