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All About Skimo: Max Taam Recaps the 2015 World Championships

Feb. 25th 2015

Between ski patrolling full time on Aspen Mountain, training for skimo and racing, SCARPA athlete, Max Taam, rarely has a day out of ski boots all winter and spring. And the 2015 ISMF World Championship in Switzerland this February was no different. This was the fourth Worlds for the 32-year-old representing the US National Team, where he and John Gaston placed an impressive 15th in the Senior Men’s category with a time of 2 hours and 34 minutes.

Max Taam bootpacking up Sunlight Resort during the COSMIC Heathen Challenge. Photo credit: Joe Risi

Max Taam bootpacking up Sunlight Resort during the COSMIC Heathen Challenge. Photo credit: Joe Risi

We chatted with Max about his season so far, and highlights from Verbier:

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Q&A with Alex Puccio: ABS National Champion Nine Years Running

Feb. 13th 2015

Alex sent her way to another ABS Nationals victory (her 9th, in fact). We caught up with her to hear about the win and what’s in store for her post-comp season.

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Alex sends in the SCARPA Instinct VS

How does it feel to come home with another ABS National Title?

A: I was very excited and honored to place first at ABS Nationals this year. This was my 9th ABS National Championship Title. Every year there are more youngsters in the finals and they are sooo strong. And every year it gets harder to win, But I’m definitely going to keep trying my hardest to be the best I can! :)

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My Enduring Love Affair with Trout Creek

Feb. 11th 2015

By Blake Herrington

I had never been cheered on by a flash mob at the crag until my first visit to Trout Creek, Oregon’s splitter crack-climbing mecca. Trout doesn’t have a single protection bolt and it sits in the middle of nowhere, approached via a mile of riverside hiking, and an 800’ uphill trudge. Maybe the shared challenge ofgetting to the wall, let alone climbing there, puts everyone in a mood to encourage their fellow climber on the sharp end.

Blake Herrington on Fall Line (5.13-)
Photo: Blake Herrington on Fall Line (5.13-) in his SCARPA Vapor Vs.

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SCARPA FIRST FRIDAY FILM FEST: FEBRUARY

Feb. 6th 2015

Welcome back to our First Friday Film Fest featuring SCARPA athletes on big mountain adventures, free-climb missions and some of Utah’s finest crack.

Dean Cummings’ The Steep Life Film 2015

The Chugach Mountains surrounding Valdez, Alaska are the proving grounds for big mountain skiing and the foundation of Dean Cummings’ The Steep Life. Since 1991 Dean has been dedicated to exploring and guiding in the Chugach and developing the protocols needed to safely access this terrain.

Fine Jade (5.11a) – Utah’s Best Sandstone Tower

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Aaron Mulkey Shows Us How to Build A Wall For Ice Climbing Training

Jan. 21st 2015

Whether it’s during the offseason or the middle of winter, strength training is always important if you want to take your climbing to the next level. Luckily, SCARPA athlete Aaron Mulkey has a great, cheap, do it yourself method for building a training wall in your own backyard.

Because of the “Dry Tooling revolution,” athletes are putting up harder mixed lines that require not only strength, but focus and comfort with the tools needed to get the job done. Not long after he saw Gordon McArthur train on his creation “The Great Arch,” Aaron knew he had to build one of his own.

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Freeride Skier Lynsey Dyer Joins SCARPA Athlete Roster

Jan. 14th 2015

We’re so excited to announce that freeride skier Lynsey Dyer has joined our athlete roster! Based in Jackson, Wyoming, Dyer is well known as one of the most accomplished women in big-mountain skiing.

In 2014, she was named Skier of the Year by Freeskier Magazine, and, through her Film Production Company, Unicorn Picnic, she also spearheaded the release of the industry’s first all-women’s ski film, Pretty Faces.

She’s also been featured in ski films from Teton Gravity Research and Warren Miller, and she’s hosted television shows on NBC and ESPN, along with appearing on Good Morning America. In 2006, Dyer also co-founded the non-profit organization SheJumps, which works to increase women’s participation in outdoor sports.

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SCARPA Athletes Among National Geographic Adventurers of the Year

Jan. 8th 2015

For the last 10 years, National Geographic has selected the world’s most accomplished athletes, explorers and humanitarians to join their esteemed list of Adventurers of the Year. Among this year’s impressive roster of adventurers are SCARPA athletes Ueli Steck, Will Gadd and Erik Weihenmayer. These men have trekked, summited, soared and rafted their way into some of the most uncharted territory in their respective sports. And while we’re not surprised that they’re nominated, we’re incredibly excited to share more about the incredible feats that have landed them on National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year list.

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SCARPA FIRST FRIDAY FILM FEST: JANUARY

Jan. 2nd 2015

What better way to ring in the New Year than with our First Friday Film Fest? Our athletes are at it again as they tackle the hardest lines, establish new ascents and venture into the unknown. Sit back and enjoy.

Aaron Mulkey’s “The Pursuit”
The Pursuit film takes you into the mind of Aaron Mulkey and his pursuit of mother nature’s greatest watery treasures. With over 100 first ascents of frozen waterfalls and nearly 20 first descents of rivers and creeks around the world, Aaron Mulkey has proven he is not afraid to walk a little farther to explore unknown places.

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SCARPA First Friday Film Fest: December

Dec. 5th 2014

It’s officially December 5th, which means the First Friday Film Fest is back! Scroll through this month’s collection of videos featuring our athletes pushing their limits on rock, snow and ice.

Working for the Weekend
SCARPA’s newest ski athlete (and full time lawyer in Portland, ME) Ben Leoni is featured in a web series about weekend warriors backcountry skiing out East.

Exposure Vol II. featuring Alex Puccio
Exposure Vol. II follows athletes Alex Puccio, Daniel Woods, Jimmy Webb, Alex Megos, and Dmitry Sharafutdinov as they push both their own personal limits and the limits of climbing.

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SCARPA First Friday Film Fest: November

Nov. 7th 2014

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the SCARPA First Friday Film Fest. Here we collect all the inspiring web flicks featuring our athletes pushing themselves in their respective sports. Check back on the first Friday of every month for more of the best skiing, climbing, and mountaineering action from Team SCARPA.

Expand these flicks to full screen and enjoy. It’s Friday, you deserve a break.

In typical Red Bull fashion, the Red Bull White Cliffs comp takes the world’s best mixed climbers and sticks them on the face of a 400 foot chalk wall rising out of the sea. Watch Gord McArthur take on this impressive competition while wearing the new Rebel Ice.

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