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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Trip Report: Good Mom or Best Mom Ever? Jill Church and Bishop Bouldering with a Baby

Jun. 21st 2011

Here’s a little update from SCARPA team member Jill Church, a new mom who’s still out there finding ways to get in her training … looks like from that first photo that Iris will be climbing before too long.

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40th anniversary ski descent of Grand Teton

Jun. 17th 2011

Ever wondered what it’s like to ski Wyoming’s Grand Teton? As that old saying goes, don’t fall!

Ski and board mountaineering pioneers like Doug Coombs, Hans Johnstone, Mark Newcomb and Stephen Koch are known for their contributions to descents on the mountain, but the original pioneer was unquestionably Bill Briggs.

Two days ago, a group of skiers that include Johnstone, Dan Nordstrom, Martin Volken and Christian Beckwith descended the Stettner Couloir (most people ski the Ford to Chevy these days) on the 40th anniversary to the day of its descent. The Stettner was Brigg’s original line of descent. According to Johnstone, Briggs’ descent is still the one that come the closest to a pure ski descent of the Grand. (That’s saying something, coming from him.)

It’s hard to overstate how impressive that is. 40 years ago, leather boots, 210s, solo …

Scroll on through to the back page for a few visuals on what it’s like ‘skiing on the moon,” as Johnstone calls it. Psyched to see a pair of Maestrales and a pair of Spirit 4s along for the ride …

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Video: Cold, the trailer…

Jun. 9th 2011

In February of 2011 SCARPA athlete Cory Richards and veteran Himalayan alpinists Denis Urubko and Simone Moro made the first winter ascent of an 8,000m peak in Pakistan’s Karakoram, summitting Gasherbrum II. Richards recorded dispatches of their progress and the world followed as the team accomplished their goal while braving high-altitude winter conditions. Following the milestone ascent, the team was avalanched on their way down to base camp and successfully dug each other out. Richards captured his team’s incredible feat and now he and filmmaker Anson Fogel are bringing the experience to life with the film, “Cold.”

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Behind the scenes with SCARPA’s Josh Wharton on set of Jeff Lowe’s film Metanoia

Jun. 7th 2011

SCARPA athlete Josh Wharton has been on set climbing the Eiger’s North Face as a double for the legendary Jeff Lowe as production chugs along on his film Metanoia. The film brings to life the story of Lowe, one of climbing’s greatest visionaries, and his harrowing nine day solo ascent of his unrepeated route Metanoia. Eager to attempt a repeat of Lowe’s route, established in 1991, is SCARPA athlete Ueli Steck who will also be featured in the film.

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Mt. Hunt spring ski tour trip report in Grand Teton National Park

Jun. 2nd 2011

Changing gears from one season to the next is a part of mountain town living. Weather and conditions dictate how we embrace the outdoors. The late winter mud season is usually a pickle, as Mother Nature tends to be a two-faced bitch and it affects everyone. Folks around town moan about the continued snowfall and inclement weather that continues to persist, and they’re sick of wearing wools hats, long johns and getting shut down by her mercurial mood swings. Everyone gets cranky. On some levels I agree. Grey mornings, sloppy snow showers and dirty streets leave little to be desired after a long winter. Hangovers don’t help either.

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