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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Zoe Hart: Winter Wonderland in Chamonix

Feb. 28th 2012

Zoe Hart is one of only four American women with a UIAGM/IFMGA guide certification, but that barely begins to touch on her alpine accomplishments. After traveling the world, Hart settled on Chamonix, France, where she now permanently resides with her husband. We caught up with Zoe Hart to find out how her winter in Chamonix is coming along and we were pleased to find out that’s she been getting after it (at a slower pace than normal) with a growing baby in her belly.

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Team Crested Butte Episode 3: A Teva Mountain Games Podium Party

Feb. 23rd 2012

Randonee racing requires more than just physical stamina and strength. It also requires mental quickness and emotional toughness. Plus, ski mountaineering racers need to be quick on the uphill and downhill, and even quicker on the transitions in between. Team Crested Butte trains hard to be in the best shape possible for races, and all the hard work paid off recently. An all-Team Crested Butte podium was the icing on the cake at the Teva Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado.

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Josh Wharton: Mugs Stump Award Recipient

Feb. 21st 2012

Room with a view, Latok Basecamp

SCARPA Athlete, Josh Wharton was a 2012 recipient of a Mugs Stump Award for his upcoming expedition to Latok 1. He will attempt the Northwest Face with partners Mike Pennings and Nate Opp. In his application for the award, Wharton, who has tried various routes on the north side of the mountain in 2007, 2008 and 2009 said, “I have now spent more than six months of my life camped below Latok I’s north side. I have begun to understand its various moods, and why it routinely defeats some of the world’s best alpinists.” We caught up with Wharton to find out more about his inspiration, fears, gear list and a little insight into the expedition.

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The Quick Fix: remolding your liners to breathe life back into those boots.

Feb. 16th 2012

SCARPA Precision Intuition LinerGetting the full life span and potential out of a SCARPA ski boot isn’t that difficult. Seasonal maintenance can go a long way to ensure your favorite boots stay around for a while. As long as you keep the shell (lower and cuff) in good condition, almost everything else on the boot can be repaired or replaced, including, but not limited to, powerstraps, buckles, tongues, hardware, straps, tour mechanisms, and, with regards to maximum comfort and performance, the liners.

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Episode 2: Team Crested Butte competes in the North American Ski Mountaineering Championships

Feb. 14th 2012

It’s the middle of the randonee racing season in North America and Team Crested Butte has been training hard and competing in the COSMIC Race Series events, including the North American Ski Mountaineering Championships at their home mountain, Crested Butte Mountain Resort. In Episode 2, Jari Kirkland, Jon Brown and Brian Smith of Team Crested Butte battle place in the top ten in a competition field stacked with the fastest randonee racers in North America.

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A Recap of the Michigan Ice Fest

Feb. 9th 2012

Ice festivals are a wonderful celebration of community, ice climbing, gear, talent and education. SCARPA was a proud sponsor of the Michigan Ice Fest, held in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore last weekend, February 3-5, 2012. Jon Jugenheimer of Ames Adventure Outfitters shared a brief recap with SCARPA:

A few days ago the Michigan Ice Fest was held in Munising, Michigan. Over three hundred people descended on the quiet town and invaded Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore along Lake Superior to celebrate ice and climbing.

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Angela Hawse: 21st Century Renaissance Woman

Feb. 7th 2012

San Juan Mountains. Photo: Jeff Cricco

SCARPA-sponsored athlete Angela Hawse is the complete package. She’s a fully accredited mountain guide who’s at home on skis, rock and ice. In addition to having her advanced mountaineering credentials, she’s also an academic, a rock ’n roll fan, and a fund raiser. The Ridgeway, CO-based Hawse is in her prime, and we were lucky to have an audience with the climbing original.

You’ve been guiding for over two decades, and are the 6th American woman to achieve full AMGA certification. How does it feel to be at the vanguard of female guiding?
It feels great to be doing what I love to do. It made me happy 25 years ago, and I still find incredible satisfaction with my work as a guide. At the vanguard of female climbing… well, that’s quite a statement! I’ve been guiding longer than most women, simply because I’ve stuck with it. There aren’t many women guides out there in the first place, not nearly enough. Often it seems after a decade or so, most women move on to something more sustainable for themselves. I am psyched to have found a career that suits me, makes me happy, that enables me to meet interesting people, and travel to remarkable places.

Achieving full IFMGA/AMGA Mountain Guide certification was a long-standing goal, and one I’m super proud to have accomplished. It was not easy. Being the recipient of this year’s AMGA Guide of the Year award was a huge honor, and I am humbled to be the second woman to receive that award. Kathy Cosley, my long-time mentor and friend was the first. I suppose I should raise my rates, if I am at the vanguard!

Exum Ridge of Grand Teton, Photo: Ace Kvale

You are the first woman instructor and examiner for the AMGA guide-training program, but you’ve also gotten your MA in International Mountain Conservation. Are the two a meeting of experience and academia?
My MA in International Mountain Conservation carries over to all my work in the mountains. I consider myself, and my role as a guide, to be a steward and ambassador of wild lands wherever I go, with humility. I work hard to impart a sense of respect, awe and responsibility to my guests and students through little lessons about the environment and LNT (leave no trace) practice everyday. It’s what every guide should be doing. Our mountains are precious. Teaching someone about geology, weather, snow physics or flora and fauna adds so much to their experience and goes a long way, well beyond their experience of just climbing or skiing.

On international expeditions, integrating cultural understanding and bridging the human experience in the mountains dissolves boundaries. I’m totally stoked to be working with aspiring guides. My outlook as a guide, and the opportunity to bring both a woman’s and a naturalist’s perspective to a predominately male profession, I believe, adds an invaluable perspective. Margaret Wheeler is the only other woman on the Team, and she is awesome. It’s really an honor to be on the AMGA Instructor Team working with the best of the best and training the next generation of guides.

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SCARPA Footbeds: Benefits, Options and Uses

Feb. 3rd 2012

What good is having the best pair of jeans on the planet if your underwear is ill fitting, broken down, or full of holes? Well, SCARPA can’t answer that particular question, but the question can be asked when talking about footbeds for your shoes, hiking boots or ski boots. And, SCARPA has some good options.

Top to Bottom: ACTIVE, AIR, HIGH, SKI

SCARPA has four new specific support models to choose from—AIR, HIGH, SKI and ACTIVE—when you want to upgrade or swap out your existing footbeds. Each option allows you to pick the most appropriate footbed for your favored level of support or preferred activity, whether it’s mountaineering, trail running, skiing, backpacking or frequenting the latest local yard sale.

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