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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Climb on with SCARPA’s premium climbing shoe, the Boostic

Jun. 27th 2013

When dangling from a rock wall, hundreds of feet above the earth’s surface with nothing more than a harness, ropes, and some bolts, there’s nothing more vital than having full control over your next move. This is where the SCARPA Boostic comes into play. This professional rock shoe designed by Heinz Mariacher, provides toe power and precision in vertical and overhanging terrain. Intended to provide maximum edging and maneuverability, the Boostic features SCARPA’s Vibram XS Edge for ultimate grip and durability. Combined with a stretchable upper made with micro suede and leather, the Boostic is an easy-on / easy-off shoe that fits most feet types. Additionally, the SCARPA V-Tension active rand pulls tension from the forefoot backward to provides you with the power and accuracy needed to make your next move without experiencing pain.

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Retailer Shout Out: Bent Gate Mountaineering

Jun. 25th 2013

Bent Gate is a Golden institution. Pun intended. The Golden, Colorado outdoor shop first opened its doors in 1994 by the brother and sister duo, Greg and Kristi Floyd. Originally a climbing shop, Bent Gate catered to serious end users who paid close attention to the rapidly evolving gear of the day. Since then Bent Gate has grown into a mature, full service outdoor store with a national following. What makes them different from other shops? “We’re a hardgoods driven store,” says Bent Gate Marketing Manager Jon Frederick.

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Turning Twenty: Lander, Wyoming’s International Climber’s Festival’s Landmark Anniversary

Jun. 20th 2013

The unassuming town of Lander, Wyoming has not so quietly been a bastion for climbers of all disciplines for more than two decades. And this coming July 10-14th, the International Climbers’ Festival will kick off its 20th anniversary with five days of climbing, trail running, clinics, and a communal vibe. Started by the seminal climber Todd Skinner, the Fest is the longest-running climbing event of its kind in the world.

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Finding the Perfect Shoes for all of Your Adventures

Jun. 19th 2013

Arltey Goodhart has been an invaluable member of the SCARPA team for four years in the warranty department and is currently studying pathology and microbiology. He enjoys most styles of climbing – everything from from big wall to bouldering but big climbs that require full commitment and persistence are what he finds most rewarding.

Ah, springtime. Everything is fresh, new and the climbing temps are nothing short of perfect. As a student, spring grants me time to finally venture to the climbing spots I’ve had my eye on for the past semester. For me, springtime equals an agenda of multi-sport days that include climbing, running and biking.

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Breaking the Speed Limit with the Dorais Brothers

Jun. 13th 2013
Jason and Andy skinning the upper snowfield of the Otter Body.

The terms “physically fit” and “expert ski mountaineers” don’t even begin to describe the Dorais brothers – some would say they’re possibly beyond human. Climbing and skiing higher, faster and harder than many mountaineers, Andy and Jason are consistently raising the bar. Most recently, the duo has been all over newsfeeds and media outlets for climbing and skiing down Mt. Rainier in under four hours. But, that’s not the only monumental adventure the brothers embarked on this season. We caught up with these SCARPA athletes to hear about their ascent of Rainier and skiing the Grand Teton’s Otter Body (both on SCARPA Aliens and Ski Trab skis), and what it’s like to set a speed record on racing gear.

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The New River Rendezvous Recap

Jun. 11th 2013

Touted as one the best, if not the best, fund-raising climbing festivals in the Southeast is the New River Rendezvous (aka The ‘Vous) and this year attendees, volunteers, and SCARPA athletes all agree – it’s one for the books.

Bouldering at The ‘Vous

Put on by the New River Alliance of Climbers and a handful of volunteers from the surrounding New River Gorge area, the event attracted about 800 attendees and raised $20,000 to be used for park restoration, facility improvements and trail work.

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The Relationship of Force: SCARPA’s versatile Force X rock shoe

Jun. 6th 2013

Forces only exist as a result of an interaction. Whenever there’s an interaction between two objects—a climber and a sheer rock face, for instance—there’s a force upon each of the objects. Contact forces are the types of forces that result when the two interacting objects are perceived to be physically contacting each other. So, it’s simple science that we’d make a versatile, can-do shoe that fully embraces the laws of physics; thus, the Force X.

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Ever Ready: Majka Burhardt Keeps Things Moving

Jun. 4th 2013

Heraro Arch, 5.12, Namibia. Photo: Gabe Rogel

Majka Burhardt doesn’t slow down much. The SCARPA athlete, author and speaker has spent much of her adult life combining a love and talent for climbing with an equal tenacity toward the arts and social responsibility. Born and raised in Minnesota, Burhardt was an unlikely candidate to be a rising voice for African conservation. But after her first trip years ago, she was entranced and thus, found her calling.

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