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