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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Brian Arnold’s Secret Spot

Jan. 28th 2011

SCARPA climbing team member, Brian Arnold, sent in a couple of pics and videos from a recent foray into some apparently still semi-secret bouldering spot in New Mexico. Brian reports that, “The problems are mostly new and the rock is super hard sandstone with a good amount of iron in it. If you want directions give me a call it is hard to find but only 5 hours from Boulder!”

So pull out your maps and start plotting. Not sure how fast Brian drives, though. It could be 350 miles or 450. Or, you could just call Brian and ask…looks worth it.

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The SCARPA Team Winter Travelogue

Jan. 24th 2011

Will Gadd has returned to Helmcken Falls with Tim Emmett and continues to explore how, exactly, to perhaps climb the bizarre ice formations that he and Tim discovered last year. As Will reports, “So far the climbing has consisted of super technical radically overhanging ice action to just get a line of gear out the cave. Yeah, CAVE!”

Gordon McArthur is currently touring Europe competing in ice climbing world cup competitions as part of the Canadian team, but sent us this video of a new project he is working on in the Bull River Gorge, B.C., Canada, called El Matador.

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Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Fest on the horizon

Jan. 17th 2011

The Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Fest–Nelson, B.C.’s annual celebration of backcountry ski culture–takes place February 25-28 at the Whitewater Ski Resort outside of Nelson. The three day festival is packed with every excuse to get on snow, including skill clinics, competitions, and ski celebrations. And it’s all done in true Nelson style, which is to say that fun in and on the mountains is at the heart of everything.

Speaking of fun, backcountry skiing and Nelson…as part of SCARPA’s Coldsmoke sponsorship, we’re hosting the SCARPA Poker Run on Sunday the 28th.

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SCARPA shod Gadd grabs Climbing Mag’s Golden Piton (Ice) for Spray On (WI10)

Jan. 14th 2011

Climbing Magazine recognized Will Gadd and Tim Emmett’s crazy unique Spray On route, which they discovered behind the 463 -foot-high Helmcken Falls in British Columbia, Canada last winter, with the magazine’s prestigious Golden Piton award in the Ice category.

Revisiting Will’s report on the discovery and subsequent adventure of what he calls the coolest, steepest and hardest ice route he’s ever climbed still brings chills of excitement.

For a better sense of the unique route, check out Tim’s video below. Congrats to Tim and Will for the recognition.

Helmcken Falls from Tim Emmett on Vimeo.

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Video Report: U.S. Ski Mountaineering Championships in Jackson Hole

Jan. 12th 2011

What is it about skiing…

What is it about skiing that drives us waaaay beyond that which would normally qualify as Best Practice, and what conventional wisdom would call reasonable.

We could all just rock comfy Bogner one-pieces while stem christie-ing perfect corduroy and act, like, civilized. But, no. That would be far too easy. Skiing’s siren song dares us to enter into some of the most dangerous environments and unreasonable situations imaginable…in skin suits. And we accept, willingly. In fact, we pay money for it.

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Red Rock Rendezvous Registration is Now Open

Jan. 11th 2011

Registration is now open for the annual spring climbing pilgrimage known as the Red Rock Rendezvous. presented by Mountain Gear.com. Hundreds of climbers and dozens of manufacturers will converge on the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area for the weekend (March 18-20.)

Located about 15 miles west of Las Vegas, Nevada the RRCNS provides easy access to more than 1700 different climbing routes. The Red Rock Rendezvous attracts every level of climber, from newbie to expert, to learn and hone new skills, get the download on the latest gear, meet the pros, and celebrate climbing while enjoying the sun and red sandstone cliffs.

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World Cup Telemark Racing with U.S. Team’s Knee-Dropping Diva, Lorin Paley

Jan. 5th 2011

Lorin Paley is fast out of the gate. The former Alpine ski racer turned Telemarker, Paley found the love of drop-knee glory when a former alpine skiing race coach recommended Telemark for her cross training. She never looked back.

The SCARPA-sponsored athlete began racing in the World Cup in 07-08, and has since has become the most decorated woman in Telemark racing. In addition to winning two junior World Cup Golds and a Silver, she’s claimed two silver and two bronze on the World Cup circuit, and has her eyes set on the gold. Did we mention she’s only eighteen?

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Alpinist Mountain Standards reviews SCARPA Force rock shoe

Jan. 3rd 2011

A good balance of performance and durability in a comfortable, flat-lasted rock shoe was what SCARPA was looking for when it released the Force. Now, Alpinist’s Mountain Standards program, which employs mountain guides to put gear through the paces and proffer their judgment after extended months of testing, gives its verdict on how the Force delivers.

We’ll save you the drama: “A well-built, all-around shoe with good performance and excellent comfort, the Force is my go-to shoe for long, moderate routes.”

Check out the full review by guide Jed Workman here.

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