Scarpa North America Blog

Everest in Alpine Style: Gearing Up for the Ascent

Apr. 22nd 2015

This is the second report from SCARPA Athlete Raphael Slawinski, as he attempted to climb a new route on the North side of Mt. Everest.

Everest basecamp, April 16. I looked up from my laptop, distracted by a sound outside the yellow mess tent. It wasn’t the Buddhist chant that’d been playing all morning in the kitchen tent next door. No, it sounded like a four-wheel drive truck bumping over the cobbles. What, here in Everest basecamp at 5100 metres? Well, yes. The days of trekking into Chinese Base Camp (CBC) are gone. They’ve been made obsolete by a dirt track winding its way up the Rongbuk valley on the north side of Everest, all the way to where it’s blocked by moraines.

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Everest in Alpine Style: Training Day

Apr. 21st 2015

Editor’s Note: This spring, SCARPA Athlete Raphael Slawinski, winner of the 2014 Piolet d’Or for his K6 West expedition, has set his sight on a lofty goal—8,000 meters. And not just any 8,000-meter peak, Slawinski and his partners David Gottler and Daniel Bartsh are eyeing a new route on Mt. Everest. The team will acclimatize and climb this route in pure alpine style, without the assistance of oxygen, fixed ropes, or porters, over the next two months. And thanks to the technological marvels of the modern era like satellite internet and social media, you’ll be able to follow along on this expedition through semi-regular blog posts (like this one) and social media updates posted here and on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.

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SCARPA Vapor V and Crux Approach: A Winning Combo

Apr. 13th 2015

Our approach to climbing is simple. Enter the Crux and Vapor V, a rock climber’s conquering combo. Talented in their own realms, the approach shoe and all-around climber are an ideal pair, whether hiking into the crag or setting bigger sights on multi-pitch mountain climbs that include route finding, scrambling, belayed climbs and long slogs back to the car. Together they are the archetypal footwear package that provides climbers the maximum sensitivity, comfort and performance for the myriad scenarios played out in the rocky hills.

David Allfrey climbs in his SCARPA Vapor V on Free Rider (5.12b) in Yosemite Valley.

David Allfrey climbing in his Vapor Vs on Free Rider (5.12b) in Yosemite Valley. Photo credit: Austin Siadak

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VIDEO: Tips for Choosing Your Next Climbing Shoe

Apr. 10th 2015

SCARPA athlete Dan Beall shares his tips for picking your next rock shoe, whether you’re just starting out or need to sail through the crux of your next project.

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A Year in the Life of Sam Elias

Apr. 6th 2015

As a prolific climber and adventurer based in Salt Lake City, Sam Elias has made his way around the globe and back this past year, nabbing some first ascents, tackling beautiful lines and taking off the beaten path adventures. Here’s a quick look at some of his career highlights from the past year, and a little preview of what’s to come.

Photo credit: Seth Andersen

MARCH 2014 – American Hustle in Oliana, Spain

After spending five weeks in Oliana, Spain working an epic new route, Same nabbed the first ascent of American Hustle (5.14b).

APRIL 2014 – Climbing in Morocco

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SCARPA’s First Friday Film Fest: April

Apr. 3rd 2015

Spring is here! Celebrate making it to Friday by watching some inspiring videos from some of our athletes on rock, snow and raging rivers.

Will Gadd’s Historic Climb Up Frozen Niagara Falls

Will Gadd takes ice climbing to new heights by being the first person ever to ascend the frozen sections of the world’s largest flowing waterfall, Niagara Falls. Take an inside look at the journey behind Gadd’s historic first ascent.

Inhale, Exhale: Skiing the Weminuche Wilderness in Colorado. Video 3

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Seven Spring Crags That Aren’t Indian Creek

Mar. 26th 2015

You know winter’s running out of steam when you start dreaming of splitter cracks, perfect pockets and desert towers. That glorious red sand has a way of permeating every article of clothing and crevice of our brains– and we love it. It’s a sign of spring as much as baby bunnies and flowers. Yet if for some reason you’re hoping to switch things up this season, have a look at these other spring crags which feature cool rock and tons of route variety for your soft, pale winter body.

Michael Rosato on top of The Cube Boulder in Red Rock, NV. Photo Credit: Jeremy Thomley

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Erik Weihenmayer’s No Barriers Life

Mar. 18th 2015

From the Seven Summits to sheer ice faces and the class IV rapids on the Grand Canyon, Erik Weihenmayer has proven that there really is no place too far to explore. He’s circumnavigated the globe countless times on various expeditions, ticking off epic ascents of some of the world’s hardest climbs. While the well known sends and daring river descents make headlines, Erik recently spoke with us about his adventures that stand out for different reasons. The very reasons why we all step into the unknown and seek new adventures.

Erik Weihenmayer, Jeff Evans, and Eric Alexander on the summit of Mt. Everest.

Erik Weihenmayer, Jeff Evans, and Eric Alexander on the summit of Mt. Everest. Photo Credit: Luis Benitez

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R-evolution Plus GTX is Built for All Terrain Adventure

Mar. 18th 2015

It comes down to this: SCARPA’s R-evolution Plus GTX boot is a versatile all-conditions trekking boot that can handle the rigors of the mountain wilderness like no other. Whether shouldering heavy loads, crossing snowfields, climbing scree or covering miles of single track in route to new heights, the Revolution Plus GTX is built to prevail.

Trekking through Wrangell – St Elias National Park, Alaska. Photo Credit: www.hagephoto.com

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Are We Hardwired for Adventure?

Mar. 17th 2015

by Rob Coppolillo

People much smarter, braver, and tougher than me have spent books upon books writing about adventure. They’ve gone bigger than me, written in second and third languages about epics on unknown peaks, survived buck-naked disasters in backwater republics, been held hostage by savage barbarians in empires that have crumbled to dust.

But I did lead the Bastille Crack (5.7) in a snowstorm one time … and this was in the days before cell phones, so it counts as “extreme.” Has Reinhold Messner climbed the Bastille in winter? Thought so.

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