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Alex Puccio Sends in Bishop, CA

Nov. 16th 2015

Alex Puccio and her trusty SCARPA Instinct VS take on Buttermilk test pieces. Must Watch!

Alex Puccio works Buttermilker V12 in Bishop, California.
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5 Best Ski Days of an Everyday Skier

Nov. 11th 2015

SCARPA athlete Doug Evans gets after it. A landscaper by trade with a few odd jobs scattered in there the rest of the year, he’s structured his entire life around snow sliding and face shots. His Instagram feed (@Dougtheskier) will make the weekend warrior drool. As of November 11, 2016, he’s already logged several memorable days in the Colorado high country extending his streak to 171 consecutive months of skiing. But to get the rest of us stoked for what we hope is to come, we asked him to recount his five favorite days from Winter 2014/15 while he was testing our award-winning Freedom boots. From epic deepness in Taos, New Mexico, to long summer-ski missions on the Front Range, he sets the standard for a passionate skier logging almost 160 days last season. Let’s hope this season shapes up as good as last.

SCARPA Freedom RS 130 wear test.

160 days a year is a dream for some. It’s healthy to have dreams.

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Why Chris Davenport Trusts the Freedom RS 130

Oct. 21st 2015

Developed in partnership with freeski icon Chris Davenport, the new SCARPA Freedom RS 130 is the most versatile freeride ski boot on the market. With its stout 130-flex and silky smooth walk mode, the Freedom RS 130 can tackle the entire mountain from lift-served hot laps to full days of backcountry touring. Awarded by every major North American ski publication, the Freedom RS 130 is the best ski boot of 2016. Dav has trusted this boot in the mountains from Alaska to Antarctica and everywhere in between. Watch and learn why Chris chooses the Freedom RS 130 for every skiing application. Then shop for your own pair here.

Why Chris Davenport Uses the Freedom RS 130 from SCARPA North America on Vimeo.

SCARPA Freedom RS 130
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Introducing “Westward” a New Film Series Featuring Lynsey Dyer

Sep. 29th 2015

In “Westward,” a new video series from KGB Productions that’s debuting online this fall, viewers get a glimpse into the worlds of four distinct mountain characters who’ve made lives for themselves in the West and found the perfect balance between work, life, and play. These four intriguing individuals are dedicated skiers who’ve chosen to eschew traditional jobs and city life to follow their own paths and pursue their passions in the remote, snow-covered corner of the globe that is Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Along the way, they may have been forced to leave something behind, but through their migration, they have discovered a treasure all their own. Watch the trailer below.

Lynsey Dyer

Lynsey Dyer sends in British Columbia in her SCARPA Freedom SL.

Lynsey Dyer
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Erik Weihenmayer Takes on the Dolomites

Sep. 14th 2015

One of the world’s foremost adventurers and advocates explores the roots and the routes of one of the world’s most famous mountain ranges.


Erik Weihenmayer has climbed the 7 summits, kayaked the Grand Canyon, and so much more all while being blind.

Though he’s blind, Erik Weihenmayer has climbed the 7 Summits, kayaked the Grand Canyon, and much, much more.

Erik Weihenmayer has climbed the 7 summits, kayaked the Grand Canyon, and so much more all while being blind.
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Expedition Pakistan: First Ascents in Far Flung Places

Sep. 14th 2015

During the summer of 2015 SCARPA athletes Graham Zimmerman and Scott Bennett spent two months in the Pakistani Karakoram in search of new routes in one of the world’s truly stunning ranges with one of the Karakoram’s most seasoned climbers, Steve Swenson of the American Alpine Club. The amount of planning and training that goes into an expedition in this corner of the world is massive, then everything has to line up just perfectly for the actual send. During this trip, Graham and Scott achieved two impressive first ascents including the Changi Tower (6500m) and a new route up the south face of K6 (8126m). We asked Graham to put together a short photo recap of the incredible trip.

Alpine Climbing Pakistan

First glimpse of the peaks.

Alpine Climbing Pakistan
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Our 4 Favorite Fall Trail Runs

Sep. 14th 2015

Like it or not, the leaves are changing, the temps are dropping, and summer is slipping away. That’s not all bad though because though we lose the warmth of summer we gain the jaw-dropping beauty of fall. From golden aspens to waves of orange and red tundra grass, there’s a lot to love about this season, especially if you’re a trail runner. We asked four of our trail athletes about their favorite spots to stretch their legs as the season changes. Time to lace up those sneakers and hit the trail.

Fall Trail Running

Aspen Groves on McClure Pass, Colorado.

Fall Trail Running
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SCARPA First Friday Film Fest: September

Sep. 4th 2015

And after a short hiatus, we’re back. It’s the first Friday of the month which means we’re bringing you the perfect excuse to procrastinate in the office or kick back with a cold one at the end of the day: a fresh heap of climbing and skiing videos. This month’s batch of moving pictures starts off with the most anticipated ski boot of 2015, the SCARPA Freedom RS. Then we have rock flicks from mega stars like Ueli Steck and Sam Elias. Sit back and enjoy.

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The 7 Best Ways to Apres Your Summer Climbing Sessions

Aug. 13th 2015

Summer climbing isn’t just about spending time on rock. It’s also about friends, good weather, and taking it easy. Apres, that time of relaxation, reflection, and maybe a cold beverage, is one of the beauties of summer climbing. In fact, we love apres so much that we even make shoes designed specifically for the occasion. To celebrate summer and the wonderful institution of post-climb refreshments, we asked seven of our athletes how they unwind after a day of cragging. Here’s what they said.

Summer Climbing Apres
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Everest in Alpine Style: Processing an Early Homecoming

Jul. 7th 2015

Editor’s Note: On April 25, 2015 a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal and the region around Mt. Everest killing over 9,000 people including at least 19 at base camp on the Nepali side of the mountain. SCARPA athlete and college professor Raphael Slawinski was on the peak’s northern base camp in China when the quake struck attempting a new alpine-style route up the mountain’s northeast face. Though the north side of Everest was relatively unscathed, the Chinese government promptly closed the mountain for climbing, ending his groundbreaking summit attempt. 

Shrine at Mt. Everest

A shrine near Mt. Everest

Mt. Everest Earthquake
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