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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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City of Rocks: Dirt-Bagging as the Great Equalizer

Aug. 12th 2013
Photo Courtesy: David Crothers

Just after the recent Outdoor Retailer show, a number of SCARPA team members escaped the Salt Lake City heat by driving three hours north to southern Idaho’s City of Rocks with a group of climbing media and industry friends. Here, SCARPA ambassador Shingo Ohkawa recounts high points of the trip:

Under the clearest night sky I’d ever seen at the City of Rocks, I sat by the fire with Heinz Mariacher, listening as he described the remarkable lives of the nomadic Tuareg people who inhabit the arid lands of southern Algeria where the maestro now devotes much of his time.

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Retailer Shout Outs: Wild Iris Climbing

Jul. 25th 2013

Legendary climber Todd Skinner was onto something when he followed his sister’s advice—she was a gold prospector—to check out the climbing near the small town of Lander in central Wyoming. The Pinedale, Wyoming resident grew up climbing on the opposite side of the Wind River Range with nary a clue of the virtually untapped sport climbing Mecca that lay just east of the Winds. Todd would go on to help develop two of Wyoming’s greatest sport climbing areas: Sinks Canyon, and the beautiful dolomite cliffs of Wild Iris climbing area, the namesake of Lander’s climbing and outdoor hub: Wild Iris Mountain Sports.

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The New River Rendezvous Recap

Jun. 11th 2013

Touted as one the best, if not the best, fund-raising climbing festivals in the Southeast is the New River Rendezvous (aka The ‘Vous) and this year attendees, volunteers, and SCARPA athletes all agree – it’s one for the books.

Bouldering at The ‘Vous

Put on by the New River Alliance of Climbers and a handful of volunteers from the surrounding New River Gorge area, the event attracted about 800 attendees and raised $20,000 to be used for park restoration, facility improvements and trail work.

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Bringing (Back) Climbing: Starting a Community Climbing Initiative in Wyoming

May. 21st 2013

SCARPA athlete and professional climber and coach, Alli Rainey, recently ventured off the beaten path to investigate rumors of an impressive bouldering wall at a wellness center in Thermopolis, Wyoming. Not only did Alli confirm the rumor, she and her husband Kevin spent several days working with the facility to update the walls and plant a seed to grow a climbing community in this small town.

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