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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Retailer Shout Out: Ute Mountaineer

Dec. 27th 2013


In the late 70s, Bob Wade, a geology major at the University of Colorado, followed his climbing mentor into the tumultuous world of outdoor retail. Bob Culp owned Boulder Mountaineer, a core climbing shop, and the two went on several trips together. While on a climbing trip to the Roaring Fork in blooming Aspen, Colorado, they saw promise for an outdoor store for the growing community. So, like any auspicious venture, they opened their new outdoor shop in April 1977, which happened to be right after the worst season in resort history — there were bare slopes in January — but they knew if the shop could succeed then, it could succeed anytime. “No one had money after that winter,” remembered Wade.

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SCARPA Phantom Boot Lacing and Maintenance

Dec. 19th 2013

Designed for utilization at high altitudes, SCARPA’s Phantom boot features an easy to use quick-lace system, rear randing locks heels, and a waterproof T-Zip and integrated gaitor to keep your feet warm and dry even if conditions become slushy. The Phantom’s technology lends itself to stand up to any terrain you trek it through but regular maintenance and correct lacing will help keep this high-performing boot in excellent shape.

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The Ouray Mixed Climbing Comp: Exhibition or Spectacle?

Dec. 18th 2013

Vince Anderson has come full circle in alpinism. A third-generation Coloradoan, he began his mountaineering apprenticeship at a young age, hiking to a fire lookout with his parents when he was younger than 5. He soon took to the hills, climbing and skiing as much as possible. His abilities bloomed and he realized he had genuine talent in the big peaks. In September 2005, he and Steve House completed the 13,000-plus-vertical-foot Central Pillar of the Rupal Face, on Pakistan’s Nanga Parbat, one of the world’s largest, most spectacular walls. The two were awarded the Piolet d’Or, France’s highest honor for mountaineering excellence. He’s also a husband and father of three young boys, and works as a fully certified IMFGA guide, instructor and examiner.

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Against the Grain: The Rebel Pro’s Values

Dec. 12th 2013

Four-season versatility; it’s the new black when it comes to technical mountain boots. Designed with the help of Swiss Ace climber Ueli Steck, SCARPA’s Rebel Pro GTX is the lightest full service, all-mountain alpine climbing boot on the market. Whether your thing is steep ice, mixed terrain, demanding alpine routes, or simply all of the above, the super-light Rebel Pro GTX is the correct answer.

The boot’s first contact with the world is The Vibram sole, which provides the perfect balance of climbing proficiency, traction and weight savings. Broad support surfaces at the tip, or “climbing zone” are particularly useful when climbing rocky passages were grip is essential. Accepting full and semi-automatic crampons, the Pro can appeal to a broad array for cramponing preferences as well.

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How to Mold Your SCARPA Ski Boot Liners

Dec. 10th 2013

The beauty of Intuition liners is that you can heat mold them to custom fit your feet. Heat molding allows you to create the optimal liner for your foot’s unique structure. This short video shows you the tools and techniques needed to make your liner fit perfectly and comfortably. See below for a full list of SCARPA boots with Intuition liners.

SCARPA Ski Boot Liner Molding from SCARPA North America on Vimeo.

  • Mobe
  • Hurricane Pro
  • Typhoon
  • Maestrale RS
  • Maserale
  • Gea RS
  • Gea
  • Rush
  • Blink
  • Skookum
  • Alien 1.0
  • Alien

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One Man’s Continuum: Vince Anderson’s Mountaineering Evolution

Dec. 6th 2013

Vince Anderson has come full circle in the mountaineering milieu. A third generation Coloradan, he began his mountaineering career at a young age, hiking to a fire lookout with his parents before the age of five. He took to the hills as any young mountaineer, satiating his appetite with climbing and skiing as much as possible. His abilities bloomed and he realized he had a genuine talent at persevering in the big peaks. In September 2005, he and Steve House completed the 13,000-plus-vertical-foot Central Pillar of the Rupal Face, on Pakistan’s Nanga Parbat, one of the world’s largest, most spectacular walls. The two were awarded the Piolet d’Or, France’s highest honor for mountaineering excellence, a first for any North American. He’s also a husband and father of three young boys, works as a fully certified IMFGA guide, instructor and examiner. Vince is also a humble vinyl collector who loves the thunderous sounds of quality metal.

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Sam Magro’s 2012-13 Ice Season Wrap Up

Dec. 3rd 2013

SCARPA athlete and Montana-based climber, Sam Magro has been climbing crags, ice faces in the Northwest, and just about anything he can scurry up since a young age. Magro spends his seasons traveling abroad searching for new routes and FAs. Last season while climbing in El Potrero Chico, Mexico, the cartel carried out a massive kidnapping and murder of 17 members of a mariachi band. Magro hid in the nearby mountains and waited for a safe escape. However, the horrors he faced in Mexico have not stopped him from venturing to new areas and pursuing his career.

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