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Keeping training interesting: A new take on triathlons

Aug. 29th 2012

Artley Goodhart loves spending time in the mountains – whether it’s climbing, hiking, running, or mixing it up and cross training. A SCARPA employee in the distribution department for the past four years, Goodhart spends his free time wisely and trains in ways that keep him excited about the sports he enjoys. Here’s a few of his favorite picks for keeping things interesting.

We’ve all been there, when training becomes so mundane and you lose some of your drive to hit the same places you have been climbing, running, and biking all summer long. All of us have different strategies for spicing things up; some are easy, others require a little more planning and can be all the more rewarding. For me it has turned out that personalized triathlons and link-ups work great. Some of these are well known and could be called local challenges and others, as far as I know, I made up. I have a few specific favorites, but there are seemingly infinite variations.

Unconventional triathlons are great for mixing it up. What’s better than throwing three of your favorite sports together for a great day of pushing yourself? Here are a few of my local favorites:

Longs Peak Triathlon (LPT): The LPT covers about 90 miles — 76 by bike and about 14 on foot — and gains a total of about 11,500 feet to the summit of Longs Peak (14,259 ft) via some 5th class routes. We started this at 10:00pm in an attempt to beat the 50% chance of thunderstorms forecasted. We strapped our packs loaded with climbing rope and full racks to our bikes. I used my SCARPA Sparks for biking and running to save weight. We carried these packs and gear all the way to the summit unsupported in a sixteen hour push from car to car. As far as I can find we were only the second team to do the LPT unsupported (with rope and rack) but I’m not sure about free solos. We did it in sixteen hours, beating the other team by four hours. However, rain forced us to climb a much easier rock route, the Cables Route, which more than explains our faster time.

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Nurturing the Natural Path: Kaley Westhusing’s life at SCARPA

Aug. 23rd 2012

Kaley Westhusing is in the full stride of life. The native Alaskan is currently a Sales Service Representative at SCARPA North America in Boulder. Raised outside Anchorage in the mountain town of Girdwood, her parents taught (and tricked) her into spending much of her childhood in the hills around their home. Call it a con job, but it worked nevertheless. Kaley has been working most of her adult life in the Outdoor Industry, as have her two sisters. Some might say nature, others nurture. We say, why not both?

Growing up in Alaska exposed you to quite a bit of the outdoors. Is that what led you to Colorado for college?
It definitely had a lot to do with it. As a small kid it’s a lot harder to wrap your head around enjoying the beauty of the outdoors, and I oftentimes felt like my parents were sandbagging me on every excursion I was taken on. What I was told would be a quick hike would instead turn into a 10-hour, grueling day up a steep peak, incentivized by the promise of gummy bears at the top. Looking back, I’m thankful to have those authentic experiences of growing up in Alaska; it truly shaped my appreciation for the outdoors. I guess Colorado seemed like a no-brainer.

Both of your sisters work in the outdoor industry. Does it seem natural that you would end up working for an outdoor company as well?
Kind of, but it didn’t come as easy as it does to some. I’m the youngest of three, and I did my fair share of dabbling with various careers. After college I moved to Portland where I worked in marketing and eventually the weather got the best of me. I experienced a quarter-life crisis and moved to Europe for a year to mull things over, and finally found myself back in Boulder where I ended up landing at SCARPA. If you call that a ‘natural path’, then, yes!
My sisters and I had the same influencers growing up, and my dad was always bringing home the latest and greatest outdoor products. His ‘gear room’ was the epitome of the Outside Buyers Guide. He used to tell us there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear, maybe it stuck with all of us, and we felt an innate calling to rid the world of bad gear. Now that we do all work in similar fields, it’s really cool to hang out with my sisters, and share the same appreciation for product innovation and design amongst companies and share ideas with each other.

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Rottefella NTN Freedom telemark binding hits the streets

Aug. 21st 2012

When the Rotefella NTN (New Telemark Norm)binding came out in 2007, many telemarkers understood the potential for a more powerful system. Some, however, still wanted a lighter binding system, and a system that offered a true free-pivot touring mode (the first version of NTN still had a bit of tension in the system when released to tour mode).

For Fall 2012, Rotefella answers that call with the new NTN Freedom binding, which, at 1 pound 10 ounces per binding (size large) offers an NTN telemark binding that’s right in the realm of the lightest telemark bindings available – 75 mm or otherwise. As well, when switched to tour mode (which is as easy as pulling up a tab on the front of the binding), the system offers almost no resistance when touring. Pair that with a 60-degree range of motion for walking, and NTN offers outstanding touring performance.

Backcountry Magazine’s editors liked what they saw, and what they tested. After lots of time on the binding last spring, just last week they named it one of five bindings to earn their 2013 Editor’s Choice Award.

So, now there are two. The NTN Freedom binding offers … well … freedom for touring in the backcountry, while the original NTN, now called the NTN Freeride binding, offers a burlier, more powerful system for people who are telemarking in area, or who just like to have the more powerful option.

One more point on weight: SCARPA NTN boots are lighter than traditional 75mm Telemark boots. So, SCARPA Terminator X tele boots paired with NTN Freedom bindings set the new standard for lightweight performance for Telemark ski touring. By design, the binding’s dual connection creates a stronger interface between boot and ski, providing more powerful edge to edge responsiveness, while maintaining natural flex and overall driveability.

More simply: Among the lightest on the uphill, paired with category defining performance on the downhill.

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SCARPA signs on as title sponsor of Park City’s Mid Mountain Marathon

Aug. 17th 2012

Long distance trail runners who have been training all summer will see their efforts pay off on September 8 in Park City, when they compete in the Mid Mountain Marathon presented by SCARPA. As avid runners, mountain-lovers and makers of trail running shoes, SCARPA is psyched to sign on as the title sponsor of the Mid Mountain Marathon in conjunction with the Mountain Trails Foundation and Snyderville Basin Recreation.

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Ski boots repairs: August is the time to get things dialed for powder skiing

Aug. 14th 2012

You don’t ever want to find out at the base of the first rock pitch that your rope has a core shot in it. And the same way you inspect your climbing gear before you head into the mountains, the warm months are the ideal time to make sure your ski boots are in tip-top shape to take you all the way through the winter.

At SCARPA, we pride ourselves on building footwear rugged enough for the world’s most extreme places, but anything that gets put through the ringer in extreme environments (and especially footwear like ski-touring boots with moving parts) wears over time. You don’t want to find out the rivet on your cuff had one too many miles on it eight miles into the backcountry.

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The Phantom cometh: SCARPA’s Phantom 8000 rises to its name

Aug. 9th 2012

Mother Nature has a tendency to give climbers—literally—the cold shoulder. While many prefer being around her in sunnier dispositions, others do enjoy her good graces through tough love approaches and icier mood swings high in the hills. Having the right tools helps. When frozen ground, bottomless temps and high winds are compulsory, the Phantom 8000, SCARPA’s preeminent high altitude cold weather boot is the standard.

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Go East Young Man: Sam Elias explores a different kind of variation

Aug. 7th 2012

Broadening horizons can definitely have its benefits. Sam Elias knows this. The mixed climbing pro just got back from an Everest expedition, a major departure for an individual who normally makes bigger waves in ice climbing festivals and sport climbing test pieces. What’s more, he’s left the west for the summer and is currently living in New York City, training hard, but also embracing the lifestyle change to hopefully retain a broader sense of self. We had the chance to speak with him briefly before he went to work on the docks along the East River. This fall the SCARPA athlete heads back to Europe to reacquaint himself with the sharp end.

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