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. Continue reading...
With a new 3-day structure and good weather roughly 80 telemarkers put on a wild display on Grand Targhee’s Peaked venues. Snowy skies and good visibility greeted the juniors for Friday’s junior qualifying day and the nearly 40 contestants age 11-18 got two runs to impress the judges and earn the honor to ski in the Saturday finals.
At the heart of any adventurer is the courage to take a leap into the unknown, to explore far and wide, and to set out to achieve what no man or woman has done before. Three such adventurers call themselves the Centennial Skiers, and they fit this bill quite perfectly.
Throughout their home of Colorado resides the 100 highest summits in the state known as the Centennial Peaks; these three Aspen ski mountaineers, Chris Davenport, Christy Mahon, and Ted Mahon, have embarked on an outstanding goal to ski them all.
Happy First Friday Film Fest! See the latest video collection featuring our athletes on big mountain adventures. From V14 sends to Aspen’s big lines and weekending in Vermont, take a break from your day and get stoked for the weekend.
Spring Time Big Lines: Hunter Hayden Linkup
Jake Sakson and Paul Kimbrough, of Beans and Rice Free Ride, knock off two of Aspen’s big lines in a single push, skiing the East face of Hunter (13,497′) and the West face of Ski Hayden (13,300′). Both lines are 3,500′ of non stop leg screaming fun and offer steep open faces, reminiscent of Alaska style shredding. Continue reading...
GO-CB is an elite ski mountaineering team of athletes from the Gunnison Valley. Jon Brown, Bryan Wickenhauser, Jari Kirkland, Brian Smith and Stevie Kremer make up the accomplished line-up. The Team has enjoyed the support of Scarpa for 12 years and owes its longevity to a shared passion for adventure and competition.
Go-CB on top of the world (Mont-Fort) at the Ski Mountaineering World Championships 2015. Photo credit: Teague Holmes
March is just around the corner and things are about to get crazy with most of the biggest races on the US Skimo calendar stacked up in the next 6 weeks. Continue reading...
Between ski patrolling full time on Aspen Mountain, training for skimo and racing, SCARPA athlete, Max Taam, rarely has a day out of ski boots all winter and spring. And the 2015 ISMF World Championship in Switzerland this February was no different. This was the fourth Worlds for the 32-year-old representing the US National Team, where he and John Gaston placed an impressive 15th in the Senior Men’s category with a time of 2 hours and 34 minutes.
Max Taam bootpacking up Sunlight Resort during the COSMIC Heathen Challenge. Photo credit: Joe Risi
The fusion of rando race efficiency with ski mountaineering is changing the way we ski. Whether it’s big mountain pursuits, in a comp, or simply in our backyard hills, this new dynamic is turning out of reach objectives and better race performances into realities.
Andy Dorais skinning in the Aliens.
Combining the lightweight aesthetics of skimo racing with backcountry proficiency, SCARPA has engineered the Alien and Alien 1.0, the benchmark for ultra-light touring and racing performance. With ergonomics that maximize cuff articulation and natural striding, these boot essentials are available for skiers who want the freedom of movement in a boot that can get them into the hills like they’ve never done before. Continue reading...
How does it feel to come home with another ABS National Title?
A: I was very excited and honored to place first at ABS Nationals this year. This was my 9th ABS National Championship Title. Every year there are more youngsters in the finals and they are sooo strong. And every year it gets harder to win, But I’m definitely going to keep trying my hardest to be the best I can! Continue reading...
I had never been cheered on by a flash mob at the crag until my first visit to Trout Creek, Oregon’s splitter crack-climbing mecca. Trout doesn’t have a single protection bolt and it sits in the middle of nowhere, approached via a mile of riverside hiking, and an 800’ uphill trudge. Maybe the shared challenge ofgetting to the wall, let alone climbing there, puts everyone in a mood to encourage their fellow climber on the sharp end.
Welcome back to our First Friday Film Fest featuring SCARPA athletes on big mountain adventures, free-climb missions and some of Utah’s finest crack.
Dean Cummings’ The Steep Life Film 2015
The Chugach Mountains surrounding Valdez, Alaska are the proving grounds for big mountain skiing and the foundation of Dean Cummings’ The Steep Life. Since 1991 Dean has been dedicated to exploring and guiding in the Chugach and developing the protocols needed to safely access this terrain.