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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Beans & Rice Freeride Trailer Drops

Sep. 26th 2013

September 18, 2013 – The first snow of the season fell on the Tetons last night. It glimmers atop Taylor Mountain like the icing on a freshly baked cake. Winter is coming–the season of ski swaps, wood chopping, and ski movie premiers.

Jake Sakson and I will be adding to the ski season hype this fall by releasing a webisode trilogy documenting our season exploring the Tetons. Last year we decided to team up, buy a camera, create a website, and document our take on backcountry freeriding. Full disclosure–neither of us have much experience behind the lens. We were both introduced to backcountry ski filming through skiing with Powderwhore and Sweetgrass Productions, but we were always in front of the camera. It seemed simple enough; find some good snow, good lighting, ski through it and catch it on camera. Hit repeat and BAM! You have a ski movie.

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Blake Herrington’s 4 Tips to Stay Warm in the High Alpine

Sep. 24th 2013

Blake Herrington is an accomplished rock climber, alpinist and contributor to Alpinist, Climbing, and Rock & Ice magazines, among others. He’s established over two dozen new alpine climbs ­– without bolts ­– throughout Patagonia, British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest. When not climbing near his home in Leavenworth, Washington, Herrigton is jumping borders and hopping planes in search of new rock climbs and alpine routes.

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A New Season: Cherishing Each Turn with Mike Leake

Sep. 19th 2013

With winter right around the corner, I imagine most people are preparing as they always do, with dry land training, sets at the gym, dusting off gear, and watching ski movies. For many these are fall rituals. Mine are typically right along those lines, and of course, this goes hand in hand with great anticipation. But what happens when this ritual is disrupted by a potentially lifestyle changing disease? This year my anticipation for winter has a bit different feel than years past. It brings a sense of appreciation and perspective.

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The Choice Is Yours: The Freedom of the Freedom SL

Sep. 17th 2013

It’s no secret that freedom comes with responsibility. And SCARPA has risen to the task with their new Freedom SL, an all-mountain, hard-charging freeride ski boot that combines strength and efficiency in one complete package. Designed with input from big mountain ski pioneer Chris Davenport, SCARPA’s Freedom SL boots were developed with alpine stiffness, superior range of cuff motion and weight, and an innovative DIN/Tech fitting sole system. Already the boots have won several awards from Ski, Skiing, Freeskier, Powder, and Backcountry, and the number is growing.

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A look at the different ways of building mountain footwear

Sep. 12th 2013

The different kinds of sports you can do in the mountains are as varied as the great mountain ranges of the world. Thus, it’s no surprise that there are different approaches to building the various kinds of mountain footwear for different sports.

Do you need a lot of support for carrying a big pack or a rigid midsole for climbing steep ice? Or do you need to feel the surface of the rock to gain maximum friction for climbing, or perhaps increase shock absorption on the trail for running?

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Moving with Purpose: Max Taam is Ascending his Upward Arc

Sep. 10th 2013

Max Taam is a lung man. The New York transplant has set up roots is Aspen where he works as a ski patroller and spends most of his free time running, cycling, and skiing uphill. Last season the SCARPA athlete won two major skimo races, and finished 10th in the Teams Race with John Gaston at the Ski Mountaineering World Championships in France (highest American finish in history), and finished the season ranking second in the US behind John Gaston. We caught him just before he left for France, where he’s beginning a long bike trek through the Alps to continue giving those lungs a good stretch.

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First Ascent of K6 West (7,040 m) via the northwest face by Raphael Slawinski and Ian Welsted

Sep. 5th 2013

SCARPA athlete Raphael Slawinski is a professional alpinist out of Alberta, Canada who partakes in serious ice climbing, rock climbing, drytooling, and bouldering. Raphael has made many first ascents including: La Bastille, Mt. Rundle in the Canadian Rockies via traditional rock route on the previous unclimbed north face; Ali Chhish in Karakorum, Pakistan; and set a new mixed route on the west-southwest face of Denali among others. He has also competed in the ESPN Winter X Games and the Ouray Ice Craft Invitational three times.

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Retailer Shout Outs: Mountain Equipment Co-op

Sep. 3rd 2013

All success stories begin with a single idea. For Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), the inspiration came from six University of Vancouver students who were tired of not being able to access good alpine climbing gear. “The idea came from the same primordial soup as REI,” said current Chief Product Manager Jeff Crook. They rallied together, creating a small hub for climbers to get the quality gear they needed with low markup and democratic principles. In 1971, their original shop was a hole in the wall. It was “a rustic ghetto,” commented Crook. “It was a gritty undertaking to say the least.” But, it allowed the area’s climbers to get the quality hard goods they needed. It was a shop that was proverbially “run by climbers for climbers.”

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