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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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6 Reasons Why Skiing with Girls Rules

Oct. 29th 2014

The backcountry isn’t a place reserved solely for testosterone. While the current demographics of the sport’s participants are slanted in favor of the boys, a day in the hills without Y chromosomes offers a completely different, yet totally enriching, experience. And thanks to products like the Freedom SL and the Gea RS, girls have never had better gear for getting out there. Here are some of the best aspects of skiing with the gals according to our athletes Annelise Loevlie, Rebecca Selig, and Shaun Raskin. You better believe that farts are involved.

Credit: Re Wikstrom Photography

Chicks break it down

When was the last time you were with a bunch of dudes who broke into a rendition of Lady Gaga’s Fame and busted out a few dance moves just before dropping in? Probably never. Guys don’t typically admit their love of fun girl music, and they don’t typically express themselves by shaking their hips and belting out ridiculous lyrics. For us girls, dancing breaks up the tension. It reminds us that it’s about having fun right before dropping a sweet line.
Chicks set better skin tracks
Skin tracks and boot packs are generally better fit to our stride when they’re set by a fellow female. Plus we get to talk about food and farts on the way up.
Chicks laugh more
There is something about getting a bunch of badass ladies into the backcountry that stirs collective hysteria. Expect jokes, pranks, funny faces, and a conscious effort to keep spirits high. Why? Well, why not? We are free in the mountains. We’re free to share all of our wild unabashed selves with our girlfriends. If skiing is about setting our souls free, then laughter is the wings upon which it rides.
Chicks understand the importance of pee breaks
We tend to be on the same pee schedules, so when nature calls one of us, we generally all take a moment to appreciate the view. There isn’t the same worry of slowing the group down when you have to go to the bathroom.
Chicks let you hear it
If you want a good show, watch a bunch of women standing at the top of a pillow line pushing each other to go bigger. Girls know how to support each other, and they aren’t afraid to vocalize that support: “woohoo,” “take it deeper,” “you’re killing it.” There’s a level of mutual respect and admiration amongst ladies. When one girl pushes hard, others inevitably follow.
Chicks ski with fire
When women come together on the hill they create a sense of power, and they bring a connection not found in many places. The energy behind the costumes, smiles, and stoke explodes in lift lines and on skin tracks brightening up any hill and making everyone wish they had similar experiences to take home.
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Go Heli-Skiing with Chris Davenport

Oct. 28th 2014

Our friends at Freeskier Magazine have teamed up with CMH Heli-skiing to give away 3.5 days of guided heli-skiing, four nights of accommodations in Revelstoke, ski rentals, food and airfare. Need another reason to enter? You get to do all of that with SCARPA athlete Chris Davenport. Not bad.

Pack your Freedom SLs and enter here. Good luck!

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SCARPA Athletes in the News

Oct. 13th 2014

Once a month, we will be keeping you posted on SCARPA athletes goings-on, whether they’re breaking new records, winning wild races, or are just out there having fun.

October 6 – Blind kayaker Erik Weihenmayer finished the recent No Barriers Grand Canyon expedition, a three-week, 277-mile white water kayaking adventure through the Grand Canyon. Read more about Weihenmayer’s trip.

October 9 – Red Bull Media House released the first part of their new series about Chris Davenport, “Faces of Dav.” The first episode takes a look at Davenport’s return to Bella Coola after Doug Coomb’s tragic accident in 2007. Watch the episode.

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Red Bull Drops Chris Davenport’s “Faces of Dav” Trailer

Sep. 25th 2014

Chris Davenport spent the last year working on an eight-part video series with Red Bull Media House focused on his life and skiing career. Shot in Bella Coola, Aspen, Antarctica and Norway, the series is called the “Faces of Dav” and explores Dav’s life as an engineer, mountaineer, father, explorer, adventurer and guide.

SEE THE BOOTS CHRIS DAVENPORT DEVELOPED WITH SCARPA: FREEDOM SL

Red Bull just released the trailer, getting us all stoked on the series that starts on October 9.

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Tips on Backcountry Skiing From Chris Davenport

Sep. 25th 2014

The name Chris Davenport brings to mind the images that usually exist in only dreams—shredding mountains in Alaska, skiing faces on Mount Everest, traveling the world for endless powder faceshots, and more. But over the past few years, Dav has changed his skiing to focus on uphill challenges, including a mission to ski the Centennial Peaks—the 100 tallest peaks in Colorado.

Although we usually ask Dav to talk about the SCARPA Freedom SL, we asked him about his fondness for another boot—the F1 Evo. The newest boot to the SCARPA family, the F1 Evo has a hands-free ski/walk mechanism that switches modes automatically based on whether the heel is locked into the binding.

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SCARPA Athletes in the News

Aug. 20th 2014

Once a month, we will be keeping you posted on SCARPA athletes goings-on, whether they’re breaking new records, winning wild races, or are just out there having fun.

July 27 – In Washington’s Stuart Range, Blake Herrington and Jens Holsten free climbed 5.12 routes to the summits of Colchuck Balanced Rock, Dragontail and Prusik Peak in 23 hours and 40 minutes. It was over 4,000 vertical feet of technical climbing and required 20 miles of hiking. Read Herrington and Holsten’s thoughts on the day.

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Seven Days On El Cap With David Allfrey

Aug. 14th 2014

Once a California climbing bum with big wall aspirations, David Allfrey is now has now proven himself an accomplished climber—recently climbing seven routes in seven days on El Capitan with friend and partner Alex Honnold.

SEE THE SHOES DAVID ALLFREY WORE WHEN CLIMBING THE 7-IN-7: SCARPA ZEN

He spoke to us about his recent climbing achievement, alpine climbing aspirations, and balancing the sport with the rest of his life.

SCARPA: Talk about your 7-in-7 project on El Cap. What inspired you to attempt this?

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No Boys Allowed: Climbing in Alaska With All Girls

Aug. 5th 2014

Playing on this month’s alpine climbing theme, Jewell Lund spoke to us about her recent all-ladies alpine climbing trip to Alaska. Here, she muses on what climbing with girls is like.

I glared hard at the three hoodies folded on my bed; we were in a staring contest and I wasn’t about to lose.  Only two of the three were going to make it into the suitcase. Should I go with the heavier weight, or the trim fit? Was it more important to be warm, or to not have extra fabric in my layers that would bother me as I climbed? Why was this decision so crucial?

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SCARPA Athletes in the News

Jul. 23rd 2014

Once a month, we will be keeping you posted on SCARPA athletes goings-on, whether they’re breaking new records, winning wild races, or are just out there having fun.

Photo: Udax/Flickr

Alex Puccio recently did her first V13 — Top Notch — in Chaos Canyon, Rocky Mountain National Park. Check out her accomplishment. Just five days later, she was back in Rocky Mountain National Park and easily sent her second V13, Nothin’ but Sunshine, on her first try. Read about it here.

David Allfrey not only climbed seven full-length routes up El Capitan in seven days with Alex Honnold in June, but he also completed the Yosemite Triple Crown — climbing the three biggest walls in Yosemite — with Cheyne Lempe in 22 hours and 59 minutes. Read about Allfrey’s amazing day.
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