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Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Trust: Ueli Steck and SCARPA discuss their symbiotic relationship of innovation and design

Mar. 29th 2012

Literally coming off the heels of their latest collaboration, the new Rebel GTX Carbon alpine boot, speed climbing supercharger Ueli Steck and SCARPA answer a few questions about their decade-long relationship of designing, building and testing the best mountain boots, and how it pertains to the changing state-of-the-art in alpine climbing.

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The Grand Traverse – Tips on What to Pack for a 40 Mile Ski Race

Mar. 27th 2012

The Elk Mountains Grand Traverse is a forty mile backcountry ski race from Crested Butte to Aspen, Colorado. Skiers must be prepared for all weather conditions and types of skiing. Although the race starts at midnight (headlamps required), the ending is a breezy inbounds groomer at Aspen (in the daylight).

Team Crested Butte has been training for races all season, but the Grand Traverse is the big one. In Episode 5, Bryan Wickenhauser gets up high with a view to go over the route. In summary, the route goes something like this: start in the town of Crested Butte on a groomed road to the pump house, followed by a stream crossing at East River, a hillside contour with skins on, Death Pass, several more stream crossings, Friends Hut, Star Pass, Taylor Pass, Barnard Hut, and then approximately three hours to the finish line.

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SCARPA to Sponsor Red Rock Rendezvous

Mar. 22nd 2012

Located just outside the bright lights and late nights of Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is one of the top climbing destinations in the west. The Red Rock Rendezvous climbing festival is a gathering of the climbing community to celebrate the sport we all love. Heralded as “America’s best climbing festival,” the Red Rock Rendezvous takes place from Friday, March 30 – Sunday, April 1 (no pranks allowed).

Rob Pizem. Photo by Jeremiah Watt

One of the many great prizes being auctioned off at the Red Rock Rendezvous next weekend is a day of climbing with SCARPA athlete Rob Pizem. But that’s not the only reason to head to the warmer weather of southern Nevada.

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Boostic and Crux win Urban Climber Editor’s Choice Awards

Mar. 20th 2012

The Urban Climber 2012 Gear Guide hit news stands this week with advice on what new climbing gear to buy. The SCARPA Boostic climbing shoe and SCARPA Crux approach shoe both won top honors from the magazine – Editor’s Choice Awards!

New for 2012, the Boostic is the latest masterpiece of the famous climbing shoemaker, Heinz Mariacher. Aggressive enough for the best climbers and hardest climbs, but surprisingly comfortable enough for novice climbers as well. The Boostic is designed to perform all day on longer, harder routes while remaining comfortable.

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The legendary powder of Japan’s north island, Hokkaido

Mar. 15th 2012

Photos by Andrew Burr -

Ross Matlock loves to ski just about anywhere. An expert telemark skier, he has made turns all over the world, but one of his favorite places to ski is Hokkaido, Japan. He recently returned from another amazing trip there with great skiing, world class hot springs and delicious food. Below, Matlock reveals the secrets about Hokkaido’s powder skiing.

Another annual visit to Japan this season produced the same result…great skiing. Japan has received much attention in the recent months with both the tsunami and the amount of snow it has received, compared to that of our dry North American winter. The very north island of Japan, Hokkaido, is where I travel and there are three simple reasons why: powder, culture and food.

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Q&A with SCARPA North America’s Kim Miller

Mar. 14th 2012

Kim Miller is a lifer. The current CEO of SCARPA North America has been climbing and skiing in the mountains for most of his life. He’s had just about every job in the industry, which have taken him from the humble beginnings of shoe repair to the state of the art in telemark boot design, and everything in between. Though he studied to become a teacher, he eschewed that path, instead following his heart along its natural stream. We got him to share a little about his long ascendance through the outdoor world – from outdoor retail to sales rep, Chouinard Equipment to Black Diamond, and now his role at SCARPA.

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Tips on quick skin-track transitions from Team Crested Butte

Mar. 9th 2012

Rando racers have many things in their bag of tricks, not the least of which is how to handle quick transitions, whether at switchbacks on skin tracks on how to turn it around fast from uphill to downhill mode at the top.

Check out this video from SCARPA- and Ski Trab-sponsored Team Crested Butte, filmed at the recent Race the Divide event, part of the Cosmic Race Series. Racers and team members Jari Kirkland and Bryan ‘Wick’ Wickenhauser show how it’s done. Now you may say, a skin suit’s not for me, but whether you’re a randonee racer or a BC skier, you can always learn a trick or to make sure you’re the first down that untracked line.

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SCARPA Spark wins “Best Debut” in Runner’s World Magazine

Mar. 8th 2012

In its annual Spring trail-running footwear guide, which came out this week, Runner’s World Magazine named SCARPA’s Spark trail runner as ‘Best Debut’ in new trail shoes for 2012.

“The shoe offers impressive protection from sharp trail obstacles, thanks to a plate under the forefoot and wide overlays at the base of the upper,” Runner’s World wrote. “With all that, the shoe weighs just 9.7 ounces … Bottom Line: A lightweight trainer ideal for steep, shale-covered trails.”

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Jim Donini’s Patagonia Adventures {Part 1}

Mar. 7th 2012

Jim Donini’s climbing and exploration resume is impressive with first ascents from Patagonia to Alaska. Among climbers, he is also known for his culinary brilliance and his ability to capture a campfire audience. Donini let us in on a glimpse of his experience in Patagonia this winter, proving once again that his spirit for adventure is alive and well.

Adventure, it has been famously said, begins only when things start to go wrong and “wrong” is never a part of someone’s itinerary when they set off. Real adventure, then, is rarely planned but must be fully embraced if a reasonable outcome is desired. Throw in the solo aspect and the stage is set for a few fun filled days traversing some of the least visited terra firma on our crowded planet.

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Maintenance Know How: SCARPA Ski Boots

Mar. 1st 2012

We often take several steps to maintain the well being of our ski equipment. At SCARPA, a few after-market tidbits can keep your ski boots on the up and up, last that extra season (or two) with little cost, and keep you skiing in the backcountry through good days and bad. Below are some quick considerations that ensure your boots can realize and maintain their full potential.

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