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Guidebook Writing With Martin Volken

Feb. 11th 2014

Martin Volken is one of only three officially IFMGA-certified Swiss guides working in the U.S. He has an instructor and examiner for the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) elite certification and the founder of Pro Guiding Services. Martin muses on writing a book, after recently publishing Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes – Washington.

mount-buckner-martin-volkenTaking notes on the summit of Mount Buckner

She said, “You should just write a guidebook about the Washington Cascades.” Here is my first piece of advice: Be suspicious of any advice that starts out with “you should just.”

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World Cup Boulderer Alex Puccio Joins SCARPA As Athlete Ambassador

Feb. 6th 2014
CREDIT: Pantera and Mateusz

When world-renowned boulderer Alex Puccio hits the IFSC Bouldering World Cup Circuit in April in Chongqing, China, she’ll be doing it in SCARPA rock shoes.

A friend first introduced her to SCARPA shoes while climbing in Europe, suggesting the rock shoes would be a good match for her style. “I really liked that SCARPA’s a family-owned company,” said Puccio. “I just have a really great vibe all around.”

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Ice Climbing In The Olympics With Gordon McArthur

Feb. 4th 2014

Gordon McArthur is one of the best ice climbers in the world and this year, he got the invite every athlete hopes for: to go to the Olympics. Ice climbing is still not an official Olympic sport this year, instead it is seen a “cultural event,” or showcase, of the competition. But it’s the first step to getting the sport as an actual Olympic event. Throughout the days, attendees can witness the thrilling event and get stoked on it.

Although currently competing on the World Cup in Switzerland, Gordon took a few minutes to answer some questions for us about his upcoming trip to Sochi and representing his favorite sport.

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The Desert Dawg Trail

Feb. 3rd 2014

A piece from Ace Kvale, professional photographer and adventure-seeker.

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” ― John Muir

I went out for a walk this fall, a long walk. I walked out my front door and returned a month later, and in that time, I only crossed only one road. It took four years of planning the desert and canyon wilderness hike, with water sources, weather, and conditions all having to be just right.

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Revitalization in Revelstoke With Kellie Okonek

Jan. 23rd 2014

Professional ski mountaineer, Kellie Okonek, tore her ACL last season. Fear, surgery and recovery has kept her off of her skis, but this season is different. Here is her story about a recent week in Revelstoke, British Columbia and how it changed her winter and her injured mindset.

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Climbing At The Ouray Ice Festival With Ueli Steck

Jan. 16th 2014

Artley Goodhart, SCARPA employee and grassroots athlete, took off for the Ouray Ice Festival last week. Here is his wrap up of the event.

The Ouray Ice Festival is something I look forward to every year; it’s the perfect way to finish up the gluttonous holiday season. Ouray, Colorado is a small mountain town in southwest Colorado that comes alive during this festival. People come from far and wide, traveling to watch, climb and test the latest gear in the Ice Park.

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Climbing in the Cathedral Spires with Cody Scarpella

Jan. 9th 2014

A guest post from SCARPA climber, Cody Scarpella.

Three years ago, on a climbing trip out to the magical Cathedral Spires, I was introduced to the South Platte of the Colorado River. We dropped onto the rural road that follows the west arm of the river and I knew then that it was a special kind of place. The narrow road winds around dilapidated cabins built on boulders of solid rock, hugging the river and mimicking the flow of every bend. Hillsides rise steeply from the edges of the narrow valley and bold granite formations stand like castles at the top of those hills.

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Exponential Growth: Kitty Calhoun’s Meteoric Arc in Alpinism

Jan. 7th 2014


All things being equal, Kitty Calhoun isn’t your likely cutting-edge alpinist. As the unassuming daughter of a prominent South Carolinian lawyer, she did like any blossoming 18-year-old belle and took a month-long Outward Bound course to get a taste of the real outdoors.

And she took to it. Since her inauspicious introduction to Rock Climbing 101, the 5-foot 3-inch Calhoun has gone on to become one of the most preeminent alpinists, male or female, in the last 30 years. She has broken records on several continents, including being the first woman to make an ascent of Dhaulagiri in 1987 (world’s seventh highest peak), and then Makalu (world’s fifth highest peak) three years later. Her laundry list of climbs is long.

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One Man’s Continuum: Vince Anderson’s Mountaineering Evolution

Dec. 6th 2013

Vince Anderson has come full circle in the mountaineering milieu. A third generation Coloradan, he began his mountaineering career at a young age, hiking to a fire lookout with his parents before the age of five. He took to the hills as any young mountaineer, satiating his appetite with climbing and skiing as much as possible. His abilities bloomed and he realized he had a genuine talent at persevering in the big peaks. In September 2005, he and Steve House completed the 13,000-plus-vertical-foot Central Pillar of the Rupal Face, on Pakistan’s Nanga Parbat, one of the world’s largest, most spectacular walls. The two were awarded the Piolet d’Or, France’s highest honor for mountaineering excellence, a first for any North American. He’s also a husband and father of three young boys, works as a fully certified IMFGA guide, instructor and examiner. Vince is also a humble vinyl collector who loves the thunderous sounds of quality metal.

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Sam Magro’s 2012-13 Ice Season Wrap Up

Dec. 3rd 2013

SCARPA athlete and Montana-based climber, Sam Magro has been climbing crags, ice faces in the Northwest, and just about anything he can scurry up since a young age. Magro spends his seasons traveling abroad searching for new routes and FAs. Last season while climbing in El Potrero Chico, Mexico, the cartel carried out a massive kidnapping and murder of 17 members of a mariachi band. Magro hid in the nearby mountains and waited for a safe escape. However, the horrors he faced in Mexico have not stopped him from venturing to new areas and pursuing his career.

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