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Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Crux of Photography in the Wilderness

Oct. 31st 2013

Matt Hage is in independent photographer based out of Anchorage, Alaska with a specialty in shooting outerwear and gear for several outdoor brands in wilderness areas across the globe.

Crossing the Kotsina River was to be the crux of our weeklong trek across Alaska’s Wrangell Mountains – at least that’s what everyone told us – from a friend that guides in these mountains, to random man on the street in Chitina, to our pilot who delicately assessed our wilderness cred before leaving us on the Wrangell Plateau.

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Like a Glove: Fitting SCARPA Ski Boots

Oct. 29th 2013

It can’t be said enough – your ski boots are the most important part of your gear set up. They provide you with power, support, and the ability to control your skis. Almost all of your steering capabilities come from the movements you make with your boots. If they’re too big, you might as well be skiing in gym shoes. If they’re too small, you risk black toes or worse, ingrown toenails. This short video explains exactly how to fit a SCARPA ski boot so you can ski on or off piste in perfect control.

SCARPA Boot Fitting from SCARPA North America on Vimeo.

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Retailer Shout Outs: Outdoor Gear Exchange

Oct. 24th 2013

Marc Sherman got the idea for a gear exchange while camping with a friend in the mossy Adirondack Mountains in 1995. He found an 800 square foot room to launch his visionary business model. What began as a simple consignment for spendthrift customers is now a Burlington outdoor gear institution with a huge staff, multisport capabilities and loyal following.

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Beans and Rice Freeride EP 2: 10 Reasons to Telemark

Oct. 22nd 2013

Ever wonder why people telemark? Have you ever considered telemarking? If you’re already a freeheeler, why did you start in the first place?

In Beans and Rice Freeride’s EP 2, professional telemarkers Jake Sakson and Paul Kimbrough give you 10 (actually eight) reasons to telemark. From face shots to face plants these guys dive, albeit not too seriously, into the minds of freeheelers everywhere. Be warned, this is not your conventional ski edit featuring dreamy pillow lines set to pleasing music. Prepare yourself for quirky humor, goofballs, and a little Notorious BIG. Enjoy!

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9 Random 9-Related Facts Inspired by the Freedom SL’s 9 Media Awards

Oct. 18th 2013

This week, SCARPA North America won its ninth award for its Freedom SL freeride ski boot, with an Editor’s Choice from Backpacker Magazine. In celebration of this great recognition here is a list of nine completely random facts that feature this momentous number. While those suffering from a fear of odd numbers, an illness referred to as dispar numerophobia, may not be too excited by this, the number nine has more going for it than many would think. In addition to being the largest single digit and an integral member of our numerical system, the number also carries significant meaning among many cultures. Specifically, the Chinese associate the number with the Chinese dragon, a symbol of magic and power.  Now, on to the random facts.

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RRGCC Rocktoberfest 2013 in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge

Oct. 17th 2013

SCARPA athlete Alli Rainey has been climbing since 1992 and has been lucky enough to turn her passion for crags into a career. Alli is primarily a sport climber and started an online climbing coaching clinic in 2008. Most recently, Alli has been hosting clinics at different events and training other eager climbers.

Kevin Wilkinson climbing a route in the Miller Fork Recreation Preserve.

They did it again – and it was awesome!

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Beans and Rice Freeride Episode 1: The Simple LIfe

Oct. 15th 2013

After years of exploring different lifestyles, Freeheelers and big mountain skiers, Jack Sakson and Paul Kimbrough have decided the simple life suits them best. Firewood, a warm, bed, and plenty of beans and rice are all these two need to chase their freeskiing adventures through untracked powder. In the first episode of their trilogy, Sakson and Kimbrough head to Grand Targhee, Wyoming where snow fields and fall lines are never in short supply.

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A Continued State of Freedom

Oct. 10th 2013

SCARPA really liked the Freedom SL, so they made a PU version. And, why not? The Freedom is a slightly simpler version of the award winning SL. It’s the same design crafted by Chris Davenport and the Parisotto family, it still drives big boards at the resort, and still tours more smoothly than any freeride boot of its ilk. So, the PU weighs a little more than its Pebax brethren, it also costs significantly less at $599.

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How to Properly Fit and Put on a Rock Climbing Shoes with Heinz Mariacher

Oct. 8th 2013

For some people, putting on a rock shoe can be similar to putting on a ski boot – it can take some effort. But, knowing how to first properly size, and – then – how to properly put on a rock shoe, can make all the difference.

There’s a correct way to put on rock shoes, you say? Indeed there is, and it’ll help you get the longest life out of your shoes. In this short video, SCARPA’s Climbing Line Product Manager Heinz Mariacher demonstrates how to properly fit and put on a rock shoe.

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The Laws of Physics: Chris Davenport is a Body in Motion

Oct. 3rd 2013

A body in motion stays in motion. At least it does if you’re Chris Davenport. The SCARPA athlete is currently on the road keeping up with the professional side of being a career skier. Meetings, appearances, hob-knobbing with politicians, and juggling family responsibilities—it’s not all about clicking into his skis. There’s actual work, of which he’s been doing a lot. From the terminal he was able to squeak in some time to update us of his latest exploits and plans for the coming winter.

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