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SCARPA to sponsor Rocktoberfest, celebration of SE climbing

Sep. 25th 2012

The much-anticipated 12th annual Rocktoberfest takes place this year October 5-7 and the weekend-long climbing celebration and fundraiser is expected to be bigger and better than ever. New this year, SCARPA has signed on as a sponsor of the event, hosted by the Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition.

Rocktoberfest began as a way to raise money to build trails and get people to become active members of the RRGCC. Twelve years later the organization is ready to make the final purchase on a historic piece of property that will ensure climbing access in the area. All proceeds from Rocktoberfest will go towards supporting RRGCC and preserving land in the Red River Gorge for future generations of climbers to enjoy. A worthy cause and celebration indeed.

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Get Trail-Ready! Enter to win trail running shoes from SCARPA on Facebook

Apr. 2nd 2012

In honor of warmer weather and the trails drying up, SCARPA will be giving away two pairs of trail running shoes (one men’s, one women’s) each week to two lucky Facebook fans. This is no April Fool’s joke! All you have to do is “Like” the SCARPA Facebook page, enter your name and email address on the ‘Contest Giveaway’ link, and… voila! You’re entered to win.

The first contest launched today with the Corsa Boa (women’s) and Blitz Boa (men’s), a running shoe with a triple-density EVA sole (=more cushion and a softer forefoot) and the Boa quick adjustment dial system for a precise fit.

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Team Crested Butte Episode 3: A Teva Mountain Games Podium Party

Feb. 23rd 2012

Randonee racing requires more than just physical stamina and strength. It also requires mental quickness and emotional toughness. Plus, ski mountaineering racers need to be quick on the uphill and downhill, and even quicker on the transitions in between. Team Crested Butte trains hard to be in the best shape possible for races, and all the hard work paid off recently. An all-Team Crested Butte podium was the icing on the cake at the Teva Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado.

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Josh Wharton: Mugs Stump Award Recipient

Feb. 21st 2012

Room with a view, Latok Basecamp

SCARPA Athlete, Josh Wharton was a 2012 recipient of a Mugs Stump Award for his upcoming expedition to Latok 1. He will attempt the Northwest Face with partners Mike Pennings and Nate Opp. In his application for the award, Wharton, who has tried various routes on the north side of the mountain in 2007, 2008 and 2009 said, “I have now spent more than six months of my life camped below Latok I’s north side. I have begun to understand its various moods, and why it routinely defeats some of the world’s best alpinists.” We caught up with Wharton to find out more about his inspiration, fears, gear list and a little insight into the expedition.

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Episode 2: Team Crested Butte competes in the North American Ski Mountaineering Championships

Feb. 14th 2012

It’s the middle of the randonee racing season in North America and Team Crested Butte has been training hard and competing in the COSMIC Race Series events, including the North American Ski Mountaineering Championships at their home mountain, Crested Butte Mountain Resort. In Episode 2, Jari Kirkland, Jon Brown and Brian Smith of Team Crested Butte battle place in the top ten in a competition field stacked with the fastest randonee racers in North America.

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Episode 1: Team Crested Butte Trains for the COSMIC Race Series

Jan. 27th 2012

Episode One of a web series chronicling SCARPA/SKI TRAB Team Crested Butte 2012 season. In this episode Bryan Wickenhauser, Brian Smith, Jon Brown, and Jari Kirkland talk about their training for randonee racing. Team Crested Butte’s training days last anywhere from two to nine hours and include skiing, touring, climbing and practicing transitions. They stress the importance of interval training as well as resting.

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Growing Ice: Upcoming 2012 Ice Festivals

Jan. 24th 2012

The swinging of tools and the kicking of crampons have a unique satisfaction that has to be experienced in order to be realized. With the proliferation of climbers who have been hooked by ice climbing has come the evolution of regional ice climbing festivals. Or, is it the other way around? Either way, ice festivals have gotten a foothold on aspiring winter enthusiasts, alluring people to embrace the frozen landscapes in the wilds near their home.

Will Gadd. Photo: Christian Pondella

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Gord McArthur – Training, Climbing and Competing

Jan. 19th 2012

SCARPA Athlete, Gord McArthur is back at it, training and climbing and competing in the first World Cup of Mixed Climbing in South Korea. Below, he shares about his experience training this fall in Canada.

The crew at the airport

Since the end of the summer I’ve been doing my best to train as hard as possible–long nights in the backyard, climbing all over North America, working on weaknesses, doing everything I can to come to a place of confidence, believing in my ability to climb and compete. Well, it’s here now; months of preparation and commitment have finally come to this point…the first world cup of mixed climbing…in South Korea.

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Sam Elias: On the Ouray Ice Fest, the climbing community and learning opportunities

Jan. 12th 2012

Sam Elias at Ouray Ice Fest 2012SCARPA athlete, Sam Elias spent last weekend at the Ouray Ice Festival in Colorado celebrating frozen water, climbing, camaraderie and learning. Sam has attended and taught at five Ouray Ice Fests and cannot wait for the next one. Here are Elias’ reflections on the 2012 festival:

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Sneak Peek: Ouray Ice Festival, January 5-8

Dec. 20th 2011

The world’s first ice climbing park is celebrating its 15th anniversary this coming January. Ouray, Colorado was once a booming mining town, but now ice is the gold standard. With over 200 ice and mixed climbs, the Ouray Ice Park is one of the largest ice climbing meccas in North America. And this coming January 5-8th, climbers of all abilities will make their pilgrimage to southwestern Colorado in search of ice, camaraderie and glory.

Photo by Jack Brauer:

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