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Alien Invasion: 2014 U.S. Ski Mountaineering National Championships

Mar. 21st 2014

Bryan Wickenhauser races for Team GO-CB, a ski mountaineering team sponsored by SCARPA. Important to him that athletes, especially those with European racing experience, give back to their sport and produce high-caliber events, he was the race director for last weekend’s U.S. Ski Mountaineering National Championships. He believes it helps the U.S. compete on a level playing field with Europe. Taking a quick breather before the Grand Traverse next week, Wick recapped the fun at the National Champs.

The SCARPA Alien invasion at the starting line. (credit: Crested Butte Mountain Resort)
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Vertfest: Backcountry Education and Spandex-Clad Fun

Feb. 13th 2014

It started out as a simple race – fit uphillers donned their tightest pants and lightest skis and made their pilgrimage to the United States’ great northwest in search of rando race glory. Oddly enough, something stuck. The race took off, and soon the spandex-clad uphill ski-running race became a growing haven for backcountry education and passion for the great snowy mountains. They call it Vertfest.

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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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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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RRGCC Rocktoberfest 2013 in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge

Oct. 17th 2013

SCARPA athlete Alli Rainey has been climbing since 1992 and has been lucky enough to turn her passion for crags into a career. Alli is primarily a sport climber and started an online climbing coaching clinic in 2008. Most recently, Alli has been hosting clinics at different events and training other eager climbers.

Kevin Wilkinson climbing a route in the Miller Fork Recreation Preserve.

They did it again – and it was awesome!

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One Track Mind: Compete in Park City’s Mid Mountain Marathon

Aug. 29th 2013

On Saturday, September 7th, SCARPA is pleased to help trail runners of greater Park City lace up for the 9th annual Mid Mountain Marathon. Runners of all strides will make their way through the alpine wilds of the Wasatch Range as they take on one of the most scenic race courses in North America.

The race itself is a mountain trail run that connects three world-class resorts: Deer Valley, Park City and the Canyons. Unlike traditional road marathons, the nature of mountain terrain creates new objective hazards, obstacles, and is ultimately more challenging – physically and mentally. That said, it’s still way better than pounding pavement. Slithering through aspen lined ridges, gullies, and meadows, where the average elevation is above 8,000 feet, racers have the added challenge of elevation if they make a move for trail running glory.

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Recap: Rifle Climbing Festival

Jul. 30th 2013

Rifle has always held a reputation as the place in Colorado for hard sport climbing. With clinics, demos, and countless routes it’s no surprise the Rifle Climbing Festival hosted by apparel brand, prAna, drew over 300 moderate, advanced, and elite level climbers.

Battling major temperature swings – from the low 40’s at night to 100 degrees mid-day – attendees warmed up on 5.11 climbs, switching to 5.12 and 5.13s for the rest of the day.

SCARPA’s demo selection of trailrun, approach, and climb shoes went quickly as everyone awoke with the sun, eager to hit the crags. SCARPA climber, Sam Elias was there to explain the uses and benefits of each shoe to those interested.

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Shingo Ohkawa Trades his Rack for Draws at the 2013 International Climbers’ Fest

Jul. 23rd 2013

A few weeks ago, I had the unique pleasure of attending the 2013 International Climbers’ Festival in Lander, Wyoming—home to the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and two of the West’s most celebrated sport crags, Wild Iris and Sinks Canyon. Despite the fact that I’ve done almost zero sport climbing—ever, the trip was, for this stubborn traddie, a terrific opportunity to see how the other half lives, and how to live off a steady diet of humble pie.

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Gearing up for the Squamish Mountain Festival in British Columbia

Jul. 11th 2013

Put on your Lumberjack attire, tighten your harness, and get ready for the 8th annual Squamish Mountain Festival (SQUMF) July 17 through 21 in British Columbia. Less than an hour’s drive from Vancouver lies one of B.C.’s world-renown climbing destinations and for five days, the area known as Squamish will be filled with climbing experts, boulderers and all-around crag-cravers.

Hosted by Arc’teryx, SQUFM offers an opportunity to inspire, unite, and celebrate the sport of climbing with others who share the same passion for a life on the rocks. Several types of climbing and bouldering clinics put on by professional guides and pro athletes, gear demos, themed parties, and off-the-rocks activities draw crowds from all over B.C. and the northwestern US.

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Turning Twenty: Lander, Wyoming’s International Climber’s Festival’s Landmark Anniversary

Jun. 20th 2013

The unassuming town of Lander, Wyoming has not so quietly been a bastion for climbers of all disciplines for more than two decades. And this coming July 10-14th, the International Climbers’ Festival will kick off its 20th anniversary with five days of climbing, trail running, clinics, and a communal vibe. Started by the seminal climber Todd Skinner, the Fest is the longest-running climbing event of its kind in the world.

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