Scarpa North America Blog

3 Tips for Setting Belays in Alpine Terrain

Aug. 14th 2014

Topher Donahue, a photographer, writer and guide based in Boulder, Colorado, gives us three tips on setting belays when alpine climbing.

Amidst the more heroic elements of alpine climbing, like executing difficult leads, enduring full-on weather conditions and managing complex route-finding, one of the most important, yet under-emphasized aspects of alpine climbing—be it on summer rock or winter ice and snow—is choosing a belay location.

CHECK OUT SCARPA’S TRIO OF ALPINE CLIMBING SHOES: VITAMIN, TECH ASCENT & TECHNO X

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Celebrating the Climb: Vitamin, Tech Ascent & Techno X

Aug. 14th 2014

Leaving the trail is only the first step. Boulders, talus, scree and slabs often make up the landscape that lies between our beloved rock climbing and our feet. For that, we know it’s best to have friction. Whatever the mountaineering objective, SCARPA wants you to scramble with confidence every step of the way.

Photo credit: David Allfrey

That’s why we’ve produced three category-defining shoes—two approach and one climbing shoe—that are born from decades of experience and crafted through a culture that attends to detail like no other. The result: efficient, strong and comfortable shoes that will deliver you to the base of potential glory.

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Seven Days On El Cap With David Allfrey

Aug. 14th 2014

Once a California climbing bum with big wall aspirations, David Allfrey is now has now proven himself an accomplished climber—recently climbing seven routes in seven days on El Capitan with friend and partner Alex Honnold.

SEE THE SHOES DAVID ALLFREY WORE WHEN CLIMBING THE 7-IN-7: SCARPA ZEN

He spoke to us about his recent climbing achievement, alpine climbing aspirations, and balancing the sport with the rest of his life.

SCARPA: Talk about your 7-in-7 project on El Cap. What inspired you to attempt this?

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No Boys Allowed: Climbing in Alaska With All Girls

Aug. 5th 2014

Playing on this month’s alpine climbing theme, Jewell Lund spoke to us about her recent all-ladies alpine climbing trip to Alaska. Here, she muses on what climbing with girls is like.

I glared hard at the three hoodies folded on my bed; we were in a staring contest and I wasn’t about to lose.  Only two of the three were going to make it into the suitcase. Should I go with the heavier weight, or the trim fit? Was it more important to be warm, or to not have extra fabric in my layers that would bother me as I climbed? Why was this decision so crucial?

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SCARPA Athletes in the News

Jul. 23rd 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.

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Alex Puccio recently did her first V13 — Top Notch — in Chaos Canyon, Rocky Mountain National Park. Check out her accomplishment. Just five days later, she was back in Rocky Mountain National Park and easily sent her second V13, Nothin’ but Sunshine, on her first try. Read about it here.

David Allfrey not only climbed seven full-length routes up El Capitan in seven days with Alex Honnold in June, but he also completed the Yosemite Triple Crown — climbing the three biggest walls in Yosemite — with Cheyne Lempe in 22 hours and 59 minutes. Read about Allfrey’s amazing day.
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Happy Hour With Alex Puccio

Jul. 23rd 2014

We met up with Alex Puccio on a hot summer day in Boulder, Colorado. She lives just a few blocks from the SCARPA office and although the 25-year-old climber couldn’t make a 5 o’clock happy hour, she was thrilled to meet up for a midday coffee. We sat down with her to talk about where she’s been climbing and what she has in store for the future.

ALEX’S PREFERRED SHOES: THE INSTINCT VS FOR CLIMBING, SPARKS FOR HAPPY HOUR

SCARPA: How did you end up in Boulder?

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Happy Hour at Basecamp: 3 Things to Do When Stuck in a Tent

Jul. 21st 2014

Joel Bettner, a skier, mountaineer and coach based in Boulder, Colo., considers what “happy hour” means in basecamp.

It’s the “in-between” time on an expedition that makes all the difference. So many of us plan adventures with an eagle-like focus on a big goal, all too often neglecting the time spent waiting out storms, recovering or generally living in a tent. That time not actively pursuing the big goal can make or break you; it’s crucial to your sanity and therefore crucial to your success.

THE PERFECT AROUND-THE-CAMPFIRE SHOES: THE MAI TAI

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Why Après is the Best Time of the Day

Jul. 10th 2014

After a long day, unlacing rock shoes or unbuckling ski boots verges on a religious experience. And the sound of a beer cracking after a 4,000-calorie day wraps it up perfectly. It makes it seem like après is the main event and the sport is just what we do to make the après feel so darn good.

CHECK OUT SCARPA’S LIFESTYLE LINE – THE PERFECT SHOES FOR APRES

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Some of our best memories of mountain sports are those days after a huge adventure. Here are three of our favorite après escapades.

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Rob Pizem on the Notion of “Happy Hour”

Jul. 2nd 2014

Rob Pizem is an experienced climber, who has explored the world looking for traditional, sport and big wall climbs. But when he’s not climbing, he has another passion. He describes that here.

Happy hour isn’t just the hour associated with drinking beer with your friends or those couple of hours unwinding after work. If you break down the simple language, it’s just the hour you’re most happy.

SEE SCARPA’S “HAPPY HOUR” LIFESTYLE COLLECTION — THE MOJITO, MARGARITA, MANHATTAN, CITY & MAI TAI

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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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