Scarpa North America Blog

SCARPA Athlete Updates

Jun. 19th 2014

Once a month, we will be keeping you posted on SCARPA athletes goings-on, whether they’re breaking new records, winning wild races, or are just out there having fun.


May 30 – Scott Simmons completed the fastest ascent of Mount Hood in 1:26:28. Keep up with Scott on his blog.

June 6 – Alex Puccio came in 10th place in Vail, Colorado’s IFSC Climbing World Cup. Stay up to date with Alex on her Facebook.

June 9 – Scott Bennett set the speed record on the Naked Edge in Boulder, Colorado’s Eldorado Canyon in 00:29:53. His friend, Bill Wright, wrote a trip report.

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Results of a Failed Freerider Attempt

Jun. 19th 2014

SCARPA employee Artley Goodhart took a week off and headed to Yosemite to finally try the climb he’s been dreaming about for years: El Capitan’s Freerider. But what happens when you don’t achieve your goal?


Recently I attempted a project on El Capitan in Yosemite that I’ve been eyeing for years. After training for six months, I was ready to give Freerider (5.12d, 35 pitches) a go. But a day before we left, we saw that Mother Nature had other plans. We made some adjustments to the game plan, but our one-week window was already a little tight.

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9 Tips for Multipitch Climbing

Jun. 19th 2014

Sarah Hueniken is one of only 10 women who are ACMG-certified rock and alpine guides in Canada. As a NOLS instructor and a private guide, Sarah has a number of first ascents under her belt, and has competed in many ice and mixed competitions. To add to this month’s theme of trad climbing, Sarah wrote out nine tips for SCARPA fans to follow when multipitch climbing.

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How To Be A Better Trad Climber

Jun. 17th 2014

Topher Donahue, one of the world’s most experienced trad climbers, is running a new trad coaching program in collaboration with the Colorado Mountain School for beginner through advanced leaders. He volunteered to help SCARPA readers make it to their next level in trad climbing.

Do you ever think, “What do I need to do to be a better trad climber?”

Check out SCARPA’s Techno X and Techno X Women’s for your next trad climbing trip.

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Techno-cal Climbing In The North Cascades

Jun. 10th 2014

Seasoned climber and writer Blake Herrington took time to tell us about his experiences climbing at Washington Pass and what the area means to him.

I was a 19-year-old student when I first climbed at Washington Pass, an area of steep granite spires in Washington’s North Cascades. I was carless and had found a partner (primary qualification: own a car) through a climbing website. I remember fretting over potential temperatures and snow conditions, and I still recall the first route I did – an 800-foot 5.8 on the highest spire in the Liberty Bell group. I repeated this route, with some 5.10 variations, as a “date” with my now wife, Allison. In the last nine years I have climbed abroad and returned to Washington Pass dozens of times, banking up a list of memories, completing new routes, and bailing amid dead ends and storms. I’ve learned about my abilities and my skills as a partner, making Washington Pass a great yardstick to return to and measure myself against.

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Dream Job: Heinz Mariacher Builds Your Rock Shoes

Jun. 4th 2014

Heinz Mariacher’s biggest impact on climbing might be on climbers’ feet—he’s the wizard behind many groundbreaking climbing shoe designs, and likely the only shoe designer most climbers know by name. But his beginnings in shoe design sprang from an intense passion for the sport, and the hard, bold routes he has climbed on the foreboding limestone peaks of Italy’s Dolomites.

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How To Love Running

May. 21st 2014

Andy and Jason Dorais are accomplished ski mountaineers, known for flying up mountains in the Wasatch Mountains. But now that the ski season is slowing down, the two have been running trails. Andy told us a story on how they came to love running and their recent trip to the Paria River.

For so many people running is a chore. And although it was like that for us once, now running equals freedom and fun. It can be painful, but it’s always gratifying after the fact. How did we change running from monotonous drudgery to something fun we do nearly every day? Read on.

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The Media Loves The SCARPA TRU and Ion

May. 16th 2014

Outside Magazine’s featured the TRU in their summer buyer’s guide, calling the shoe the “most welcoming of the low-and-light trail shoes here.”

Trail Runner Magazine reviewed the SCARPA Ion in their trail-shoe review issue, writing that the Ion “excels on gnarly terrain, offering excellent purchase on mucky, rocky trails.

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Trail Running From Snakes in Baja Sur

May. 14th 2014

Based in Anchorage, Alaska, Matt and Agnes Hage take pride in producing authentic photography for outdoor brands around the world. This time, they took off to Baja California, Mexico for some adventurous trail running with some rad shoes.

Having lived my entire life in Alaska, I’d never really gotten to know snakes. But, as I learned, there’s something primordial embedded in my DNA that kicks in during a snake encounter.

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The Trail-Running Family Grows With Three New Shoes

May. 7th 2014

There’s a niche in your training program for a great pair of trail runners – whether you’re dedicated to the sport or just using the single track as a transition-season training tool. But, like any outdoor endeavor, there are different ways to approach trail running, and different styles of doing it.

For Spring 2014, SCARPA introduces three new shoes that help create its most well-rounded trail-running program yet. Building on the success of its award-winning Spark, SCARPA has created a family of complimentary shoes for your trail running adventures. Meet the Ignite, Ion and TRU.

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