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Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Overachiever: Markus Beck Takes Care of Business

Jun. 28th 2012

Markus Beck has come full circle. The Swiss born native grew up skiing and climbing in his home country before achieving his Master’s degree in PE from the University of Bern. While working as a ski and snowboard instructor in Davos, he followed his heart to the US, where he traded it in for full international guiding certification through the AmericanMountain Guides Association. Since 2000 he has fronted Alpine World Ascents, an internationally recognized guiding outfit that is based out of Boulder, Colorado. In addition to his mountain credentials, and Level 3 ski and snowboard instructor certification, the SCARPA partner is also quite the polyglot, who speaks six languages.

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Jon Walsh and Josh Wharton climb Robson’s Emperor Face in a weekend

Jun. 26th 2012

Jon Walsh and Josh Wharton, two of SCARPA’s athletes (rock and alpine), recently made a first one-day ascent of Mt. Robson via the Emperor Face and the route Infinite Patience. The project took them about 32 hours from Berg Lake to the parking lot and they used helicopter assistance to bypass the half-day approach to the north side. This was Walsh and Wharton’s first time climbing together. Jon Walsh reports on their trip:

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Andy Raether and Rob Pizem go adventuring in the Narrows

Jun. 21st 2012

SCARPA athletes, Andy Raether and Rob Pizem, set out to have some fun in the Narrows in Zion. Andy Raether gives us a humorous account of their week of climbing. Although he claims to he was “scared, scraped and spent” from the trip, he also admits he would do it again.

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What’s your Tempo? SCARPA’s every day trail running tool

Jun. 19th 2012

Single Track. It’s the muse of the trail runner, slithering, undulating, and leading us not only into the woods but also through our own personal wilderness. Long trail runs can be hypnotizing, and whatever tempo we take, the rewards leave us longing for another day in the hills. SCARPA knows this, hence the Tempo, the all-purpose tool for the trail.

The Tempo belongs to the same family as the award-winning Spark, but its slightly stouter build makes it better equipped for bigger forays into the wilds. Both shoes embody SCARPA’s Mountain Minimal ethos, which strips away excess materials but retains the necessary structural integrity for protective, high performance fit and feel trail running shoes. Think of the Tempo for training, and the Spark for racing.

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SCARPA Employee, Artley Goodhart climbs El Cap in Yosemite

Jun. 14th 2012

Artley Goodhart has been working for SCARPA for 4 years in the distribution department. In addition to his day job, he is currently in school and climbing as much as he can in his free time. SCARPA recently gave him time off work to go climb in Yosemite. He completed the Triple Direct route of El Capitan and wrote a detailed summary of his trip and the climb:

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SCARPA’s new Boostic rock shoe for all-around high-end climbing

Jun. 12th 2012

It’s good to be an all-arounder. It gives us options —opportunities to better explore our craft. It shows a willingness to adapt, to embrace the unknown, and it keeps us balanced. Legendary climbing shoe designer Heinz Mariacher knows this, which is why he’s made the new Boostic, SCARPA’s latest high-end, do-it-all masterpiece.

The Boostic strives for optimum performance balanced with good comfort, allowing you to climb at your limit with confidence whether bouldering, hard sport climbing or sending personal test pieces.

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In his own words: Ueli Steck and partner Tenji summit Everest without Oxygen

Jun. 8th 2012

Ueli Steck and his climbing partner, Tenji summitted Everest last week without oxygen. It was the first time that Steck successfully summitted, after turning back a hundred meters shy of the summit last year due to cold feet.  Steck shared this account of their summit day on his blog, including details about what they ate and the other parties they encountered on the mountain. In Ueli Steck’s words:

There are a few things in life of an alpinist, which you should have done. For me this was the ascent of Mount Everest. This was one of my goals which I wanted to reach as a climber and alpinist.

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Just Getting Started: Q&A with Andy Raether

Jun. 5th 2012

Self-motivation has been a virtue of Andy Raether since his Minnesotan adolescence. Fostered by active parents, his drive has been to give it all and pursue his passions with authenticity and genuine desire. The world-class sport climber has reaped the rewards of climbing through rigorous training, and the personal satisfaction and accomplishment that comes with it. Currently he lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, exploring his adopted Red Rocks and Mt. Charleston climbing meccas. The SCARPA athlete says he’s in the best shape of his life, and looks forward not only to climbing but building his own business with his girlfriend and partner Kim.

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