Editor’s note: We are relieved to hear that SCARPA Ambassador Raphael Slawinski and his teammates are safe and sound on the north side of Everest, but our hearts ache for all the people in the region affected by this weekends earthquake. Chinese officials just announced that they have closed the north side of Everest to climbing. Here, Raphael shares his experience on the mountain during the quake and reflects on what’s to come.
This is the second report from SCARPA Athlete Raphael Slawinski, as he attempted to climb a new route on the North side of Mt. Everest.
Everest basecamp, April 16. I looked up from my laptop, distracted by a sound outside the yellow mess tent. It wasn’t the Buddhist chant that’d been playing all morning in the kitchen tent next door. No, it sounded like a four-wheel drive truck bumping over the cobbles. What, here in Everest basecamp at 5100 metres? Well, yes. The days of trekking into Chinese Base Camp (CBC) are gone. They’ve been made obsolete by a dirt track winding its way up the Rongbuk valley on the north side of Everest, all the way to where it’s blocked by moraines. Continue reading...
Editor’s Note: This spring, SCARPA Athlete Raphael Slawinski, winner of the 2014 Piolet d’Or for his K6 West expedition, has set his sight on a lofty goal—8,000 meters. And not just any 8,000-meter peak, Slawinski and his partners David Gottler and Daniel Bartsh are eyeing a new route on Mt. Everest. The team will acclimatize and climb this route in pure alpine style, without the assistance of oxygen, fixed ropes, or porters, over the next two months. And thanks to the technological marvels of the modern era like satellite internet and social media, you’ll be able to follow along on this expedition through semi-regular blog posts (like this one) and social media updates posted here and on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.Continue reading...
Our approach to climbing is simple. Enter the Crux and Vapor V, a rock climber’s conquering combo. Talented in their own realms, the approach shoe and all-around climber are an ideal pair, whether hiking into the crag or setting bigger sights on multi-pitch mountain climbs that include route finding, scrambling, belayed climbs and long slogs back to the car. Together they are the archetypal footwear package that provides climbers the maximum sensitivity, comfort and performance for the myriad scenarios played out in the rocky hills.
David Allfrey climbing in his Vapor Vs on Free Rider (5.12b) in Yosemite Valley. Photo credit: Austin Siadak Continue reading...
As a prolific climber and adventurer based in Salt Lake City, Sam Elias has made his way around the globe and back this past year, nabbing some first ascents, tackling beautiful lines and taking off the beaten path adventures. Here’s a quick look at some of his career highlights from the past year, and a little preview of what’s to come.
Photo credit: Seth Andersen
MARCH 2014 – American Hustle in Oliana, Spain
After spending five weeks in Oliana, Spain working an epic new route, Same nabbed the first ascent of American Hustle (5.14b).
Spring is here! Celebrate making it to Friday by watching some inspiring videos from some of our athletes on rock, snow and raging rivers.
Will Gadd’s Historic Climb Up Frozen Niagara Falls
Will Gadd takes ice climbing to new heights by being the first person ever to ascend the frozen sections of the world’s largest flowing waterfall, Niagara Falls. Take an inside look at the journey behind Gadd’s historic first ascent.