Scarpa North America Blog

How to Build a Trad Climbing Rack

Apr. 14th 2016

To many new climbers, alpine and trad climbing are the dark arts of the vertical world. Everything about route finding and placing one’s own gear seems intimidating. Hell, even putting together your first rack can be tricky. But SCARPA athlete Shingo Ohkawa is here to help…with the gear part anyway. He specializes in new routing, especially if there’s unusual, creative, or as some might call, slightly odd terrain to sort out. Here’s his suggestion for dialing in your first trad setup.

Wind River Range Vista

Shingo Ohkawa and Oli take in the view after summiting Helen’s Tower 1 in the Wind River Range.

Posted in Athletes, Beta, Gear | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Video: A – B Red Rock Bouldering

Apr. 12th 2016

Just some good quality climbing footage from SCARPA athlete Michael Rosato (@mikerosay) and several members of the SCARPA southeast grassroots team. Read the full story here.

A␥B from Michael Rosato on Vimeo.

For a limited time, WIN FREE GEAR from SCARPA and Petzl. Hurry and sign up. The contest closes May 13, 2016.

Posted in Athletes, Climbing, Trips | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

What Makes a Great Climbing Trip?

Apr. 12th 2016

Good friends, classic problems, and a relative lack of real-world responsibility: Bouldering trips are hard to beat. When several members of our Southeast grassroots team, Michael Rosato (@mikerosay), Al Smith, Keith Share (@sharekeith), Dan Horne, Billy Brown (@southernsteeze), Eric Eigner, and Kaitlyn Honnold (@khonnold), got together in Red Rock, Nevada, over New Year’s 2016, they worked about every problem they could get their hands on and put together a pretty sweet little edit of their trip. We asked the crew a few questions about their experience in one of America’s premiere climbing destinations. Here’s what they had to say.

Michael Rosato works Monkey Bar Direct (V8).

Michael Rosato works Monkey Bar Direct (V8).

Posted in Athletes, Climbing, Trips | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Introducing the New SCARPA Origin

Mar. 22nd 2016

The first time a climber pushes off the ground and ascends into the vertical can be a life-changing experience. Instincts fire, movements refine, and the climber experiences a feeling that’s both unsettling and completely natural. It’s addicting. This feeling has drawn thousands to climbing in recent years and helped build the critical mass needed to support countless state-of-the-art gyms around the country. With this explosion of growth SCARPA recognized that it needed a shoe that would appeal to the masses of new climbers exploring the gym and the rock for the first time. So SCARPA’s legendary rock-shoe designer Heinz Mariacher went to work. The result is the new SCARPA Origin, an $89 (USD) rock shoe that’s edgy and supportive in all the right places, while offering an approachable and super comfy fit.

The New SCARPA Origin. ($89 USD)

The New SCARPA Origin. ($89 USD)

Posted in Climbing, Gear | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Sean McColl’s Week of Crush

Mar. 18th 2016
Sean McColl works through M3 in the finals of CWIF 2016.

Sean McColl works through M3 in the finals of CWIF 2016.

SCARPA’s newest global athlete Sean McColl did work last week. On March 12, he took home the win against an incredibly stacked field that included Rustam Gelmanov, Jan Hojer, and Jimmy Webb at the Climbing Works International Festival (CWIF) in Sheffield, England. The the technical finals problems played well into Sean’s style. “I managed to pull a couple “off-the-book” climbs,” said McColl of his comp experience. “And adventure my way through some tricky boulders to win the event.” Men’s final’s problem #3 was the real crowd pleaser, requiring insane body tension and some creativity. Watch the problem here.

Posted in Athletes, Climbing | Tagged , | Leave a comment

5 Questions with New SCARPA Athlete Sean McColl

Jan. 19th 2016

Sean McColl needs no introduction. He’s one of the world’s most prolific climbers with an incredible resume both indoors and out. And we’re incredibly excited to announce that Sean has joined the SCARPA global athlete team in 2016, further establishing SCARPA as the go-to rock shoe brand for performance-driven climbers. We caught up with Sean to chat about climbing, training, his future goals, and the new SCARPA-Sean McColl partnership.

Sean McColl works a boulder problem in Squamish BC.

Sean McColl works a boulder problem in Squamish BC. Photo: Matt Johnson

Posted in Athletes, Climbing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Beans and Rice Freeride: Ep. 1 “Too Deep, Too Steep”

Dec. 7th 2015

SCARPA athlete Jake Sakson and his buddy Morgan Boyles are back at it with their own brand of deep and quirky telemark action. Relocating to Central Colorado opens the crew up to the ski mountaineering potential of the Colorado Rockies and has them seriously considering the true place of Freeheel skiing.

Beans and Rice: Episode One “To Deep, Too Steep” from BeansandRiceFreeride on Vimeo.

Posted in Athletes, Skiing | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

CYBER MONDAY SALE ALL WEEKEND LONG

Nov. 25th 2015

Get your FREE SCARPA Hoodie with any retail-price ski boot purchase.
Offer valid through 11/30/2015

SCARPA Ski BootsSHOP NOW

Posted in Gear, Skiing | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Alex Puccio Sends in Bishop, CA

Nov. 16th 2015

Alex Puccio and her trusty SCARPA Instinct VS take on Buttermilk test pieces. Must Watch!

Posted in Athletes, Climbing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

5 Best Ski Days of an Everyday Skier

Nov. 11th 2015

SCARPA athlete Doug Evans gets after it. A landscaper by trade with a few odd jobs scattered in there the rest of the year, he’s structured his entire life around snow sliding and face shots. His Instagram feed (@Dougtheskier) will make the weekend warrior drool. As of November 11, 2016, he’s already logged several memorable days in the Colorado high country extending his streak to 171 consecutive months of skiing. But to get the rest of us stoked for what we hope is to come, we asked him to recount his five favorite days from Winter 2014/15 while he was testing our award-winning Freedom boots. From epic deepness in Taos, New Mexico, to long summer-ski missions on the Front Range, he sets the standard for a passionate skier logging almost 160 days last season. Let’s hope this season shapes up as good as last.

SCARPA Freedom RS 130 wear test.

160 days a year is a dream for some. It’s healthy to have dreams.

Posted in Athletes, Skiing | Leave a comment