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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Espana Tranquila: Relaxing Spain

May. 30th 2013

SCARPA team member and frequent climber, Scott Bennett, recently spent a few months in Spain on what he calls an “everyman’s Spanish climbing trip.” Bennett hails from Michigan but once he discovered climbing moved to Boulder, Colo. where he works part-time for SCARPA and spends the rest of his time at local climbing spots or planning his next expedition.

Forest Woodward is no sissy alpine climber!
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Chris Davenport and The Centennials Skiers Continute to Ski 47 of Colorado’s 13,000-ft. Peaks

May. 23rd 2013

SCARPA ambassador  Chris Davenport is an icon in the world of big mountain skiers. He’s skied everywhere from the LHOTSE face of Mount Everest to the Antarctic Peninsula. He’s appeared in over thirty ski films and holds two World Extreme Skiing Championship titles. Davenport has made numerous first descents and skied hundreds of classics. When not skiing (which, by the way, is very rare) he commentates on ABC Sports, ESPN, and Outside Television, delivers professional lectures to businesses on risk management, and spends time with his family in Colorado. Davenport was also named one of ESPN’s 50 Most Influential People in Action Sports. In addition, he’s even written two coffee-table books: Ski the 14ers and 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America. In short, Davenport has a glittering ski resume—and has no plans to slow down.

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Bringing (Back) Climbing: Starting a Community Climbing Initiative in Wyoming

May. 21st 2013

SCARPA athlete and professional climber and coach, Alli Rainey, recently ventured off the beaten path to investigate rumors of an impressive bouldering wall at a wellness center in Thermopolis, Wyoming. Not only did Alli confirm the rumor, she and her husband Kevin spent several days working with the facility to update the walls and plant a seed to grow a climbing community in this small town.

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Retailer Shout Out: New York’s Rock and Snow

May. 16th 2013

In 1982 a young climber named Rich Gottlieb started covering lunch shifts at a small climbing shop called Rock and Snow in New Paltz, New York. Back then, it was only a part time gig. Fast-forward thirty years, and he’s in charge of one of the most long-standing, independent climbing shops in North America.

Opening its doors in 1970, Rock and Snow was the baby of Richard “Dick” Williams, a member of the “Vulgarians” climbing contingency – an infamous group of savvy, scalawag counter-culturists who found glory exploring the Gunks’ vertical wilderness in the 1960s. Rock and Snow quickly became the place for climbers and backpackers to find gear, beta and partners for the Gunks.

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Keeping the Spark Alive: The SCARPA Spark GTX

May. 14th 2013

Slowly, mountain run-off and latent winter storms give way to spring weather. But it’s never easy. This time of year it’s a crapshoot to predict trail conditions. Morning squalls drop an inch (or more) of snow, leaving intermediate wet zones, slippery corners and Oh, shi-! moments in the event of a misstep. Nevertheless, when the sun starts taunting us through office windows the urge to seek out our favorite single track pulls from every direction. It’s ironically frustrating.


Men’s Spark GTX

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Gearing up for the New River Rendezvous 10

May. 9th 2013

SCARPA will join hundreds of climbing and bouldering enthusiast in West Virginia May 17 through 19 for the New River Rendezvous 10. The climbing festival, more commonly referred to as “The ‘Vous”, is put on each year by the non-profit New River Alliance of Climbers (NRAC). The ‘Vous is a grassroots, three-day celebration of everything climbing as well as the NRAC’s largest fundraiser.

Several SCARPA-sponsored athletes will offer climbing clinics and demo shoes. “SCARPA has made the clinics possible because it allows us to keep costs way down,” said Big-Cheese Rendezvous Organizer, Maura Kistler. SCARPA is bringing four athletes to The ‘Vous: boulderers Dan Horne and Michael Rosato, route climber Seth Bentley, and Editor of dpmclimbing.com, climber, and author, Mike Williams. Williams is a local in the New River Gorge and leads guided climbs.

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One, or Both, but not the Other: Keeping Up with Cory Richards

May. 7th 2013

Photo Courtesy: National Geographic

Cory Richards is a busy man. The SCARPA athlete and Himalayan climber/photographer has found a new appreciation of remote in the abyss of Antarctica and will soon be focusing his photographic expertise on dinosaurs before returning to the vertical wilderness of northern Russia and Canada. It’s man vs. self as he juggles both athleticism and photography career paths. They often overlap, but Cory doesn’t sweat it, as he’s learned how to handle himself when they don’t.

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Tele Skiing and Mountain Biking with The Life Unbound

May. 2nd 2013

A few weeks back SCARPA athletes Weston D. and Shaun Raskin took several sets of gear down to the desert for a dual-sport weekend – backcountry telemark skiing and singletrack mountain biking. Weston and Shaun are creators of The Life Unbound blog and web series where they track their journeys across the West seeking bigger thrills and higher peaks.

Red & White: Life Unbound EP3 [S2] from The Life Unbound on Vimeo.

As winter slowly fades to spring, a time honored tradition is followed in Utah. That is, as the mud season approaches, many – if not all – the locals migrate south. Southern Utah boasts some of the country’s greatest natural gems; from rock arches to sand to slickrock, there is something for everyone.

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