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Cuba Libre, A Climber’s Paradise

Jan. 15th 2018

Cueva Yarobis Rock Climb in Cuba

In a land where the rhythm of life can flow like a sultry Salsa or the creep of a snail, words like ‘authentic’ and ‘unique’ fail to capture the essence of what’s really happening. It’s true though, that in 2018, Cuba is one of the most distinct places you’ll ever visit. With a rough history scarred by colonialism, revolution and a failed Communist ideal, Cuba continues to roll up it’s sleeves and plow onward.

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Access Fund Annual Summit – The Breakdown

Sep. 14th 2017

As you click through the prompts when buying a pair of Scarpa shoes online you are asked if you would like to donate to the Access Fund. You may wonder what value this has…Myself, Jimmy Keithley, and my family headed to Oakland, CA this past weekend for the Access Fund Annual Summit and Dinner. Keep on reading to see what we experienced and you will see the importance of such an organization. The weekend consisted of workshops that focused on various issues affecting climbers, as well as a semi formal dinner party focusing on raising funds and highlighting some of those in our community.

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Run To Feel Alive

Aug. 31st 2017

unnamedAnswering Jeff’s Question:

“Why do we bother doing this?” In the last 5,000 foot climb of the Ouray 50 mile run, Jeff Stephens, my pacer, asked me this question. It was two o’clock in the morning and we had just embarked on the final ten miles of the race. “There is no grand enlightenment waiting at the end so what is it that attracts us to this?” he continued.

Our 50 Mile Ultra Race
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Hiking, Running, and Approaching – Which Shoe Do I Wear for What?

Aug. 25th 2017


Hiking a mountain, running a trail, approaching a climb—these activities seem pretty similar, right? The
thought of needing a different shoe for each one sounds crazy, until you picture this scenario…
Your feet are slipping out from under you, all control of your upward motion is gone and no matter how
hard you press your toenails into the sole of your shoe, nothing will stop you from sliding down the rock.
You are now on all fours, attempting to use your fingertips to grip the granite beneath you, but to no
avail. Keeping up with your crew? Consider that out of the question, thanks to your poor footwear
choice for today’s approach.

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Building Anchors and Placing Gear; How To Do It Right.

Aug. 17th 2017

What is the best way to get good at building anchors and placing gear?

Building Anchors

This is the most asked question that I get when I am teaching climbers at climbing festivals.
Here is what I tell my clients.

1. Know your rack. This means that you should (with practice) be able to eye a crack or placement up and be able to grab the proper piece of gear to place on the first try. This also means that you should have a system for placing your gear on your harness or shoulder sling (or combination) that you can visualize while blindfolded. If you struggle with the sizes and grab the incorrect pieces it can and will slow you down, pump you up and make the entire climb feel much more difficult than it actually is.

Building Anchors
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The Yoga of Climbing

Jun. 23rd 2017

Do You Practice Yoga?
You may practice yoga already without necessarily labeling it as yoga.


A formal yoga practice can involve much, much more than just an asana (pose) practice, and practicing yoga does not necessarily include asana for all formal yoga practitioners. Additionally, it’s by no means a far stretch to consider a regular dedicated, inward-focused, rock-climbing practice a form of asana practice in and of itself.

The word yoga itself can be translated several ways. My preferred translation is simply “to unite.” We are striving to unite within ourselves, to cultivate and maintain a quiet equanimity within. Attaining a state of yoga involves letting go of the need for external circumstances or outcomes to match internal expectations or desires.

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SCARPA Athletes Win Cutting Edge Award

Jun. 16th 2017

Deep snow, steep ice sheets, excessive heat, 18 rappels, and minimal food…sounds likes the recipe for a successful first ascent, right? Despite the imperfect ingredients, SCARPA athletes, Graham Zimmerman and Scott Bennett made their way to the top of K6 West. This month, they were recognized by the American Alpine Club for this incredible achievement.

Pakistan - K6 2
On June 3, 2017, The American Alpine Club presented them with the 2017 Cutting Edge Award for their first ascent on the Southwest Ridge of K6 West, a 7,040-meter (23,097-foot) peak in the Karakoram.

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Pakistan - K6 2
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The Best Ski Boots of 2017

Oct. 19th 2016

A quick flip through any of the major American ski publications this fall and you’re likely to find a SCARPA ski boot featured front and center. Yet again, gear testers from around the country fell in love with our boots from the new featherweight, yet surprisingly stout SCARPA F1, to freeride and backcountry category benchmarks like the SCARPA Freedom RS 130 and SCARPA Gea RS. SCARPA continues to push the boundaries of ski-touring product and the industry continues to respond with plenty of love. Need a little extra insight into your next boot purchase? Here’s what the magazine testers had to say.

The most award-winning boots of 2017.
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Freedom RS 130: The Best Ski Boots of 2016

Oct. 13th 2015

The SCARPA Freedom RS 130 wins every major magazine award in 2016.


Best ski boots, SCARPA Freedom RS

Best ski boots, SCARPA Freedom RS
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Sarah Hart: Battling The Little Wolf

Apr. 17th 2014

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.

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