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“Westward” A New Web Series About Making A Life In The Mountains.

Oct. 7th 2015

Making a life in the mountains takes grit, determination, creativity, and a willingness to forge your own path. Produced by KGB Productions and supported by SCARPA, Flylow, and Rocky Mountain Underground, “Westward” is a new web series about skiers that have eschewed the traditional path of a stable job and a mortgage in a big city someplace in favor of Wyoming’s Teton Range.

Episode 4: Lynsey Dyer

Lynsey Dyer
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The Other Side of Risk: Yosemite Search and Rescue

Jun. 24th 2015

Words and Photos By Cheyne Lempe

Do you ever wonder what happens to all those close calls after they dissolve effortlessly and float away? Maybe you have heard stories and harrowing tales of near misses while sitting around a campfire. Though the percentage is low, the truth is, once in a while those near misses and close calls become a life altering accident. Unfortunately, those freaky “once in a while” events happen more frequently than you would like to know about. During the past few years of working on the Yosemite Search and Rescue team, I’ve experienced what happens on the other side of risk.

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Are We Hardwired for Adventure?

Mar. 17th 2015

by Rob Coppolillo

People much smarter, braver, and tougher than me have spent books upon books writing about adventure. They’ve gone bigger than me, written in second and third languages about epics on unknown peaks, survived buck-naked disasters in backwater republics, been held hostage by savage barbarians in empires that have crumbled to dust.

But I did lead the Bastille Crack (5.7) in a snowstorm one time … and this was in the days before cell phones, so it counts as “extreme.” Has Reinhold Messner climbed the Bastille in winter? Thought so.

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Elite Ski Mountaineering with Team Crested Butte

Feb. 25th 2015

By Jon Brown

GO-CB is an elite ski mountaineering team of athletes from the Gunnison Valley. Jon Brown, Bryan Wickenhauser, Jari Kirkland, Brian Smith and Stevie Kremer make up the accomplished line-up. The Team has enjoyed the support of Scarpa for 12 years and owes its longevity to a shared passion for adventure and competition.

Go-CB on the top of Mont Fort in Switzerland.

Go-CB on top of the world (Mont-Fort) at the Ski Mountaineering World Championships 2015. Photo credit: Teague Holmes

March is just around the corner and things are about to get crazy with most of the biggest races on the US Skimo calendar stacked up in the next 6 weeks.

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The Ouray Mixed Climbing Comp: Exhibition or Spectacle?

Dec. 18th 2013

Vince Anderson has come full circle in alpinism. A third-generation Coloradoan, he began his mountaineering apprenticeship at a young age, hiking to a fire lookout with his parents when he was younger than 5. He soon took to the hills, climbing and skiing as much as possible. His abilities bloomed and he realized he had genuine talent 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. He’s also a husband and father of three young boys, and works as a fully certified IMFGA guide, instructor and examiner.

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Retailer Shout Outs: White Pine Touring

Nov. 19th 2013

More than a retail store, Park City’s White Pine Touring is a tour de force of Wasatch Mountain enthusiasm. In its fourth decade, White Pine is a continually growing bastion for all things outdoors. “It’s a huge toy store,” says store manager Eric LaPerle. “People tend to have their mouths drop the first time they step into White Pine.”

Opened in 1972, Park City’s White Pine Touring was the brainchild of Charlie Sturgis, who began the shop as a modest Nordic ski shop and tuning outfit for the community’s burgeoning touring culture. Forty-plus years later and White Pine has evolved into a large, 7,000-square-foot stronghold.

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Retailer Shout Outs: Outdoor Gear Exchange

Oct. 24th 2013

Marc Sherman got the idea for a gear exchange while camping with a friend in the mossy Adirondack Mountains in 1995. He found an 800 square foot room to launch his visionary business model. What began as a simple consignment for spendthrift customers is now a Burlington outdoor gear institution with a huge staff, multisport capabilities and loyal following.

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Retailer Shout Outs: Mountain Equipment Co-op

Sep. 3rd 2013

All success stories begin with a single idea. For Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), the inspiration came from six University of Vancouver students who were tired of not being able to access good alpine climbing gear. “The idea came from the same primordial soup as REI,” said current Chief Product Manager Jeff Crook. They rallied together, creating a small hub for climbers to get the quality gear they needed with low markup and democratic principles. In 1971, their original shop was a hole in the wall. It was “a rustic ghetto,” commented Crook. “It was a gritty undertaking to say the least.” But, it allowed the area’s climbers to get the quality hard goods they needed. It was a shop that was proverbially “run by climbers for climbers.”

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The Natural Path: Meet SCARPA’s new Marketing Coordinator Tristan Hobson

Aug. 22nd 2013

The outdoors has always been a part of Tristan Hobson’s life, so why ruin a good thing? SCARPA’s new marketing coordinator grew up playing in the woods and backpacking before he could walk. He knew how to snowboard before he could write in cursive, and could tie into a rope and place an ice screw before he had a college degree. So, it was only a natural path for him to land a job in the outdoor industry. We sat the freshman down for a quick chat about his months on the job, and got his take on becoming part of the SCARPA family.

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Climbing for Bugs: Majka Burnhardt uses Climbing to Conserve Wildlife

Aug. 16th 2013

Professional climber and SCARPA athlete, Majka Burhardt, along with professional climber Kate Rutherford, are taking a hiatus from their typical climbing routines to advance a cause that ironically, presented itself to them through their passion to climb. The two women have started a Kickstarter campaign to fund a research mission on East Africa’s Mozambique Mountain to find new species of insects and reptiles, and build a conservation plan with local conservationists to help protect and preserve “one of the world’s most precious biodiversity hotspots”.

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