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Monthly Archives: November 2010

Meastrale, Gea set the bar in lightweight, four-buckle alpine-touring boots

Nov. 30th 2010

Now that it’s officially ski season (and the good news is, it has been for while in many parts of North America), people can get down to the business of ski touring. And we are excited about touring this season here at SCARPA North America …

Beyond the usual seasonal stoke, we’re excited because we’ve introduced what we believe are a couple of bar-setting/category-defining products this season, the Meastrale and the Gea, which is the women’s counterpart to the Meastrale. What’s so cool, you ask?

Well, if you will indulge … these are the lightest (3 lbs, 6 ozs. and 2 lbs. 15 ounces per boot respectively), stiffest, four-buckle alpine-touring boots currently on the market. Add to that an astounding 39 degrees of cuff range and 24 degree backward from vertical (measured off the ankle pivot point, for you techies out there, and we do know you’re out there), and you’ve got some boots that rule for going uphill. But, what’s even more notable is they pack a pretty amazing amount of punch for going down. They’ll drive a pretty big ski … which is good since skis keep getting bigger.

But, yeah, we make ’em, so we understand: you’re skeptical.

So don’t take our word for it. We were stoked to get some independent verification over at WildSnow.com earlier this year, so check out what the notoriously techy (and we mean that in the most positive sense of the word) testers over WS HQ thought about the Meastrale.

Long story short, we’re pretty stoked on these boots, because

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Colorado Ski Mountaineering Cup Kicks Off Season on December 11th at new CS Irwin Venue

Nov. 24th 2010

Randonee racing continues to gather steam in North America. Witness the success of the Colorado Ski Mountaineering Cup (COSMIC). Entering its fifth season, COSMIC will include 9 races on the 2010/2011 schedule. The COSMIC season kicks off with a new race on December 11th, with the CS Irwin rando race outside of Crested Butte, Colorado.

COSMIC 2010/2011 season schedule

The CS Irwin race will be burly and is sure to attract some of the fastest backcountry ski racers in North America. As usual, there’ll be a lot of green on the scene.

The race will start at 10,400 ft and climb (yes, climb) from there, leading skiers up to the top of Scarp Ridge (12,100 ft) three separate times for a total of over 5000ft+ of gain/loss. If the elevation isn’t enough to make your quads shake, racers will travel the equivalent of over 10 miles, all of it above 10,000ft.

As Race Director Pete Swenson explains, the CS Irwin race takes ski mountaineering races back to its roots.

“There is a movement in the Rocky Mountains to establish race venues modeled after a European style of racing, which means getting these competitions off traditional ski resorts and into a backcountry setting.”

Mission accomplished: The race course is 7 miles from Crested Butte and with no maintained roads in the Winter. Athletes will either take a CS Irwin cat ride or supply their own sled for transportation to the start line. Because of the remote venue,

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Two SCARPA team members earn IFMGA climbing and skiing certification

Nov. 22nd 2010

Last week, two of SCARPA’s team members received the highest recognition one can achieve in the world of mountain guides – they were certified in rock, alpine and snow by the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations.

Huge congrats to both Caroline George and Angela Hawse, shown in this photo receiving their IFMGA pins last week from Herman Biner, President of the IFMGA.

Achieving certification at this level is daunting and committing, but it speaks to their love of the mountains and of mountain sports. As its says on the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA is the U.S. counterpart) list of folks who have received this certification, these people “can guide on any climbing and skiing terrain without limitation.”

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Hope you like Slopers

Nov. 3rd 2010

The 2nd stop in the Triple Crown Bouldering series this Saturday at Horse Pens 40

SCARPA is a proud sponsor of the Southeast’s Triple Crown Bouldering Series. The series began in 2003 when Jim Horton created the series specifically to benefit the Southeast Climbers’ Coalition and the Carolina Climbers’ Coalition, two grassroots non-profits working to acquire and maintain land for climbers where access issues litter the countryside. The Triple Crown has since helped to highlight the incredible resources available to climbers in the Southeast and is increasingly drawing climbers from across the region and the entire US!

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