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. Continue reading...
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. Continue reading...
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.
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.
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. Continue reading...
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? Continue reading...
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.”