The SCARPA Freedom RS 130 wins every major magazine award in 2016.
Sarah Hart headed down to Patagonia this winter for some warm weather climbing with just a friend and some SCARPA gear. But it was a different trip than she was anticipating.
In June of 2012, I quit my desk job, packed my things into storage, and set off on what became an almost two-year climbing trip. But by January 2014, I could no longer ignore the fact that my bank account was quickly running dry, and I was going to need a job soon. To go out with a bang, I traveled to southern Patagonia for my fourth visit. If the previous Patagonia climbing season was to be any indication, I was pretty certain I’d be running hot laps up Fitz Roy in my tank top.
Martin Volken is a professional skier, mountaineer as well as owner and founder of Pro Guiding Service and Pro Ski and Mountain Service, a skiing and mountaineering guide service and retail store, located in North Bend, Washington. Volken earned his Swiss IMFGA mountain guides license in 1996 and has since been leading ski tours along with rock and ice climbing expeditions throughout the Pacific Northwest. He’s published several guidebooks and pioneered many routes in the Cascades.
The Monte Rosa massif is big. Everything about it is actually. It’s main summit, the Dufourspitze towers at 4,634 meters and its height is surpassed only by Mont Blanc in the Alps.
This week, SCARPA North America won its ninth award for its Freedom SL freeride ski boot, with an Editor’s Choice from Backpacker Magazine. In celebration of this great recognition here is a list of nine completely random facts that feature this momentous number. While those suffering from a fear of odd numbers, an illness referred to as dispar numerophobia, may not be too excited by this, the number nine has more going for it than many would think. In addition to being the largest single digit and an integral member of our numerical system, the number also carries significant meaning among many cultures. Specifically, the Chinese associate the number with the Chinese dragon, a symbol of magic and power. Now, on to the random facts.
September 18, 2013 – The first snow of the season fell on the Tetons last night. It glimmers atop Taylor Mountain like the icing on a freshly baked cake. Winter is coming–the season of ski swaps, wood chopping, and ski movie premiers.
Jake Sakson and I will be adding to the ski season hype this fall by releasing a webisode trilogy documenting our season exploring the Tetons. Last year we decided to team up, buy a camera, create a website, and document our take on backcountry freeriding. Full disclosure–neither of us have much experience behind the lens. We were both introduced to backcountry ski filming through skiing with Powderwhore and Sweetgrass Productions, but we were always in front of the camera. It seemed simple enough; find some good snow, good lighting, ski through it and catch it on camera. Hit repeat and BAM! You have a ski movie.
Want to strengthen your hand, finger, shoulder, and contact strength? Then you should start training on a campus board. In this video, SCARPA athlete Mercedes Pollmeier goes through the basics of beginner campus board exercises and proper technique.
If you’re sick of summer revisit this post from Team Crested Butte on how to train for randonee racing.
A few years back a little known Italian artist named Leonardo da Vinci used canvas as the backdrop for a portrait he called the Mona Lisa—you might have heard of it. Well, the Italian SCARPA family liked the idea of art built upon canvas, and decided to use the material to create their own three-dimensional masterpiece. They call it the Canvas Crux.
Kevin Wilkinson keeps a fairly low profile. That’s pretty easy to do when you live in Ten Sleep, Wyoming, and spend most of your day honing your climbing chops and developing routes in one of the best sport cragging areas in the lower 48. The Canadian-born transplant wound up here after meeting his wife Alli Rainey – also a SCARPA athlete – at a climbing festival in Vegas. A good story would’ve been they got hitched then and there. Instead they became climbing partners, and approached their courtship more like a hard boulder problem, keeping at it diligently until they put it all together with skill, determination and honesty. Perhaps a little luck, too. The international couple lives an agrarian lifestyle where Kevin has been one of the more prodigious route setters in the area. “It actually takes away from my skill,” he says. Nevertheless, he’s found a balance in his climbing that many of us could follow.
When dangling from a rock wall, hundreds of feet above the earth’s surface with nothing more than a harness, ropes, and some bolts, there’s nothing more vital than having full control over your next move. This is where the SCARPA Boostic comes into play. This professional rock shoe designed by Heinz Mariacher, provides toe power and precision in vertical and overhanging terrain. Intended to provide maximum edging and maneuverability, the Boostic features SCARPA’s Vibram XS Edge for ultimate grip and durability. Combined with a stretchable upper made with micro suede and leather, the Boostic is an easy-on / easy-off shoe that fits most feet types. Additionally, the SCARPA V-Tension active rand pulls tension from the forefoot backward to provides you with the power and accuracy needed to make your next move without experiencing pain.
Bent Gate is a Golden institution. Pun intended. The Golden, Colorado outdoor shop first opened its doors in 1994 by the brother and sister duo, Greg and Kristi Floyd. Originally a climbing shop, Bent Gate catered to serious end users who paid close attention to the rapidly evolving gear of the day. Since then Bent Gate has grown into a mature, full service outdoor store with a national following. What makes them different from other shops? “We’re a hardgoods driven store,” says Bent Gate Marketing Manager Jon Frederick.