Scarpa North America Blog

Climbing At The Ouray Ice Festival With Ueli Steck

Jan. 16th 2014

Artley Goodhart, SCARPA employee and grassroots athlete, took off for the Ouray Ice Festival last week. Here is his wrap up of the event.

The Ouray Ice Festival is something I look forward to every year; it’s the perfect way to finish up the gluttonous holiday season. Ouray, Colorado is a small mountain town in southwest Colorado that comes alive during this festival. People come from far and wide, traveling to watch, climb and test the latest gear in the Ice Park.

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The Total Package: The Women’s Mont Blanc Boot

Jan. 14th 2014

The complete mountain woman excels on rock, snow and ice. And so does the women-specific, all-mountain Mont Blanc GTX. On any given day, this all-rounder thrives on kicking waterfall ice, slogging through steep snow, circumnavigating exposed ridges, and battling all other mountain scenarios that comes its way. Crafted specifically to meet the needs of women’s feet, this four-season mountain boot is designed and built for versatility and alpine performance.

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Retailer Shout Out: Ouray Mountain Sports

Jan. 10th 2014

If there’s one thing that has put the otherwise unsung mountain town of Ouray, Colorado on the map, it’s ice climbing. The Ouray Ice Park was the brainchild of ice climbing pioneer Jeff Lowe, who made the park a reality in 1996. Since then, the Park has been owned and managed by the City of Ouray, the nonprofit Ouray Ice Park, Inc. and a mix of private and public landowners. But, if there’s a backbone to the Park and the now famous Ouray Ice Festival, it’s Ouray Mountain Sports.

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Climbing in the Cathedral Spires with Cody Scarpella

Jan. 9th 2014

A guest post from SCARPA climber, Cody Scarpella.

Three years ago, on a climbing trip out to the magical Cathedral Spires, I was introduced to the South Platte of the Colorado River. We dropped onto the rural road that follows the west arm of the river and I knew then that it was a special kind of place. The narrow road winds around dilapidated cabins built on boulders of solid rock, hugging the river and mimicking the flow of every bend. Hillsides rise steeply from the edges of the narrow valley and bold granite formations stand like castles at the top of those hills.

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Exponential Growth: Kitty Calhoun’s Meteoric Arc in Alpinism

Jan. 7th 2014


All things being equal, Kitty Calhoun isn’t your likely cutting-edge alpinist. As the unassuming daughter of a prominent South Carolinian lawyer, she did like any blossoming 18-year-old belle and took a month-long Outward Bound course to get a taste of the real outdoors.

And she took to it. Since her inauspicious introduction to Rock Climbing 101, the 5-foot 3-inch Calhoun has gone on to become one of the most preeminent alpinists, male or female, in the last 30 years. She has broken records on several continents, including being the first woman to make an ascent of Dhaulagiri in 1987 (world’s seventh highest peak), and then Makalu (world’s fifth highest peak) three years later. Her laundry list of climbs is long.

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Retailer Shout Out: Ute Mountaineer

Dec. 27th 2013


In the late 70s, Bob Wade, a geology major at the University of Colorado, followed his climbing mentor into the tumultuous world of outdoor retail. Bob Culp owned Boulder Mountaineer, a core climbing shop, and the two went on several trips together. While on a climbing trip to the Roaring Fork in blooming Aspen, Colorado, they saw promise for an outdoor store for the growing community. So, like any auspicious venture, they opened their new outdoor shop in April 1977, which happened to be right after the worst season in resort history — there were bare slopes in January — but they knew if the shop could succeed then, it could succeed anytime. “No one had money after that winter,” remembered Wade.

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SCARPA Phantom Boot Lacing and Maintenance

Dec. 19th 2013

Designed for utilization at high altitudes, SCARPA’s Phantom boot features an easy to use quick-lace system, rear randing locks heels, and a waterproof T-Zip and integrated gaitor to keep your feet warm and dry even if conditions become slushy. The Phantom’s technology lends itself to stand up to any terrain you trek it through but regular maintenance and correct lacing will help keep this high-performing boot in excellent shape.

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The Ouray Mixed Climbing Comp: Exhibition or Spectacle?

Dec. 18th 2013

Vince Anderson has come full circle in alpinism. A third-generation Coloradoan, he began his mountaineering apprenticeship at a young age, hiking to a fire lookout with his parents when he was younger than 5. He soon took to the hills, climbing and skiing as much as possible. His abilities bloomed and he realized he had genuine talent in the big peaks. In September 2005, he and Steve House completed the 13,000-plus-vertical-foot Central Pillar of the Rupal Face, on Pakistan’s Nanga Parbat, one of the world’s largest, most spectacular walls. The two were awarded the Piolet d’Or, France’s highest honor for mountaineering excellence. He’s also a husband and father of three young boys, and works as a fully certified IMFGA guide, instructor and examiner.

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Against the Grain: The Rebel Pro’s Values

Dec. 12th 2013

Four-season versatility; it’s the new black when it comes to technical mountain boots. Designed with the help of Swiss Ace climber Ueli Steck, SCARPA’s Rebel Pro GTX is the lightest full service, all-mountain alpine climbing boot on the market. Whether your thing is steep ice, mixed terrain, demanding alpine routes, or simply all of the above, the super-light Rebel Pro GTX is the correct answer.

The boot’s first contact with the world is The Vibram sole, which provides the perfect balance of climbing proficiency, traction and weight savings. Broad support surfaces at the tip, or “climbing zone” are particularly useful when climbing rocky passages were grip is essential. Accepting full and semi-automatic crampons, the Pro can appeal to a broad array for cramponing preferences as well.

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How to Mold Your SCARPA Ski Boot Liners

Dec. 10th 2013

The beauty of Intuition liners is that you can heat mold them to custom fit your feet. Heat molding allows you to create the optimal liner for your foot’s unique structure. This short video shows you the tools and techniques needed to make your liner fit perfectly and comfortably. See below for a full list of SCARPA boots with Intuition liners.

SCARPA Ski Boot Liner Molding from SCARPA North America on Vimeo.

  • Mobe
  • Hurricane Pro
  • Typhoon
  • Maestrale RS
  • Maserale
  • Gea RS
  • Gea
  • Rush
  • Blink
  • Skookum
  • Alien 1.0
  • Alien

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