Scarpa North America Blog

The Maestrale RS Continues Its Rising Arc

Feb. 20th 2014

In the mountains, it’s sometimes hard to find your identity. Even harder is maintaining that identity in the ever-evolving world of alpinism. But the Maestrale RS, SCARPA’s most award-winning alpine touring boot to date, has an identity based upon a firm foundation: downhill power and maximum tourability.

Similar to its newer cousin, the Freedom SL, The RS has resort-based aspirations, but its true passion yearns for the trailhead, and the glory that comes with backcountry and ski mountaineering ambitions. The body of the RS is comprised of Polyamide instead of Pebax, which has a slightly higher strength-to-weight ratio, giving the RS a 120-flex index (20% advantage) over the original Maestrale’s initial 100 flex. However, it only adds 1.4oz (40g) in additional weight – less than a pound per pair than the slightly more muscular Freedom SL.

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Dean Cummings’ Big Mountain Evolution

Feb. 18th 2014

Dean Cummings has been at the big mountain skiing game for well over two decades. The New Mexico native got a strong start in the mountains at an early age and never looked back. His passion and dedication has landed him atop the World Extreme Skiing Championships stage, captain of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team, and then later as one of the most revered ski guides in Alaska’s hallowed heli-skiing stomping grounds of the Chugach Mountains. He’s a busy man, but we got him to share a little about his evolution as a skier, guide and big mountain pioneer.

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Vertfest: Backcountry Education and Spandex-Clad Fun

Feb. 13th 2014

It started out as a simple race – fit uphillers donned their tightest pants and lightest skis and made their pilgrimage to the United States’ great northwest in search of rando race glory. Oddly enough, something stuck. The race took off, and soon the spandex-clad uphill ski-running race became a growing haven for backcountry education and passion for the great snowy mountains. They call it Vertfest.

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Guidebook Writing With Martin Volken

Feb. 11th 2014

Martin Volken is one of only three officially IFMGA-certified Swiss guides working in the U.S. He has an instructor and examiner for the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) elite certification and the founder of Pro Guiding Services. Martin muses on writing a book, after recently publishing Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes – Washington.

mount-buckner-martin-volkenTaking notes on the summit of Mount Buckner

She said, “You should just write a guidebook about the Washington Cascades.” Here is my first piece of advice: Be suspicious of any advice that starts out with “you should just.”

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World Cup Boulderer Alex Puccio Joins SCARPA As Athlete Ambassador

Feb. 6th 2014
CREDIT: Pantera and Mateusz

When world-renowned boulderer Alex Puccio hits the IFSC Bouldering World Cup Circuit in April in Chongqing, China, she’ll be doing it in SCARPA rock shoes.

A friend first introduced her to SCARPA shoes while climbing in Europe, suggesting the rock shoes would be a good match for her style. “I really liked that SCARPA’s a family-owned company,” said Puccio. “I just have a really great vibe all around.”

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Ice Climbing In The Olympics With Gordon McArthur

Feb. 4th 2014

Gordon McArthur is one of the best ice climbers in the world and this year, he got the invite every athlete hopes for: to go to the Olympics. Ice climbing is still not an official Olympic sport this year, instead it is seen a “cultural event,” or showcase, of the competition. But it’s the first step to getting the sport as an actual Olympic event. Throughout the days, attendees can witness the thrilling event and get stoked on it.

Although currently competing on the World Cup in Switzerland, Gordon took a few minutes to answer some questions for us about his upcoming trip to Sochi and representing his favorite sport.

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The Desert Dawg Trail

Feb. 3rd 2014

A piece from Ace Kvale, professional photographer and adventure-seeker.

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” ― John Muir

I went out for a walk this fall, a long walk. I walked out my front door and returned a month later, and in that time, I only crossed only one road. It took four years of planning the desert and canyon wilderness hike, with water sources, weather, and conditions all having to be just right.

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WATCH: Cuff, Cant, Midstrap

Jan. 28th 2014

A quick how-to video on maintaining and repairing your cuff and midstrap on SCARPA ski boots. Plus, learn how to adjust your cant on SCARPA ski boots.

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Revitalization in Revelstoke With Kellie Okonek

Jan. 23rd 2014

Professional ski mountaineer, Kellie Okonek, tore her ACL last season. Fear, surgery and recovery has kept her off of her skis, but this season is different. Here is her story about a recent week in Revelstoke, British Columbia and how it changed her winter and her injured mindset.

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Ski Trab’s Talent Runs Deep

Jan. 22nd 2014

The town of Bormio, Italy is a crucible of mountain sports, where skiing and alpinism form a seamless bond. Home to the Pista Stelvio, one of the world’s most spectacular downhill courses, the village has an engrossing history of glissé. So, it should come as no surprise that some of the world’s finest skis are designed, crafted and produced in this bucolic alpine village. Enter Ski Trab.

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