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.
Whether it’s during the offseason or the middle of winter, strength training is always important if you want to take your climbing to the next level. Luckily, SCARPA athlete Aaron Mulkey has a great, cheap, do it yourself method for building a training wall in your own backyard.
Because of the “Dry Tooling revolution,” athletes are putting up harder mixed lines that require not only strength, but focus and comfort with the tools needed to get the job done. Not long after he saw Gordon McArthur train on his creation “The Great Arch,” Aaron knew he had to build one of his own. Continue reading...
I pulled the hood on my belay jacket over my helmet. Spindrift hissed over my shoulders and I remember looking at my buddy’s feet. “They’re like a belay jacket for your feet,” I said. He didn’t quite hear through the wind and his hood. “Those Phantom Guides! They’re like a puffy jacket for your feet!”
He just smiled. Right then and there, I knew I wanted a pair. Insulated, warm, zipped up and battened down – SCARPA’s Phantom Guide.
Redefining mountain performance, this boot is suitable for challenging the most technical routes in cold climates, whether ice cragging or in the high mountains. Continue reading...
We’re so excited to announce that freeride skier Lynsey Dyer has joined our athlete roster! Based in Jackson, Wyoming, Dyer is well known as one of the most accomplished women in big-mountain skiing.
In 2014, she was named Skier of the Year by Freeskier Magazine, and, through her Film Production Company, Unicorn Picnic, she also spearheaded the release of the industry’s first all-women’s ski film, Pretty Faces.
She’s also been featured in ski films from Teton Gravity Research and Warren Miller, and she’s hosted television shows on NBC and ESPN, along with appearing on Good Morning America. In 2006, Dyer also co-founded the non-profit organization SheJumps, which works to increase women’s participation in outdoor sports. Continue reading...
What started as a small gathering of ice enthusiasts back in 1996 has turned into one of the world’s premier ice climbing events. The 20th annual Ouray Ice Festival hosted over 3,000 climbers this past weekend, from beginners to the world’s best. Our athletes continued to out climb the competition during the main event, where Will Gadd took 1st place in the Elite Mixed Climbing Competition, Sam Elias placed 4th and Matthieu Maynadier placed 6th, while Sarah Hueniken placed an impressive 2nd in the Elite Women’s competition. Continue reading...
For the last 10 years, National Geographic has selected the world’s most accomplished athletes, explorers and humanitarians to join their esteemed list of Adventurers of the Year. Among this year’s impressive roster of adventurers are SCARPA athletes Ueli Steck, Will Gadd and Erik Weihenmayer. These men have trekked, summited, soared and rafted their way into some of the most uncharted territory in their respective sports. And while we’re not surprised that they’re nominated, we’re incredibly excited to share more about the incredible feats that have landed them on National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year list.
What better way to ring in the New Year than with our First Friday Film Fest? Our athletes are at it again as they tackle the hardest lines, establish new ascents and venture into the unknown. Sit back and enjoy.
Aaron Mulkey’s “The Pursuit”
The Pursuit film takes you into the mind of Aaron Mulkey and his pursuit of mother nature’s greatest watery treasures. With over 100 first ascents of frozen waterfalls and nearly 20 first descents of rivers and creeks around the world, Aaron Mulkey has proven he is not afraid to walk a little farther to explore unknown places. Continue reading...
Even at a glance it’s easy to notice the free heel TX Pro is not messing around. The four buckle NTN (New Telemark Norm) system boot is built for maximum power and finesse, boasting all of SCARPA’s tricks and materials, including tech fitting compatibility. By design, the system’s dual connection creates a stronger interface between boot and ski, providing more powerful edge to edge responsiveness, while maintaining natural flex and overall driveability. Paired with NTN, this boot/binding system sets the new standard for free heel performance.
It used to be for stability – dropping one knee provided better fore and aft stability than the parallel position, especially when wearing soft, leather lace-up boots. With good telemark technique, the backcountry became a ski playground long before AT gear became as reliable and lightweight as it is today. Only recently, with the invention of ultralight Rando-racing technology, does fixed-heel ski gear compete with the weight advantage of old school tele gear.
Over the last 35 years, SCARPA has contributed immensely to the development of alpine touring equipment. In that time, SCARPA has designed boots that meet the needs of skiers heading into the snowy mountains with their eye on untracked powder.
SCARPA’s alpine touring boots are designed for skiers, by skiers. It all began with the production of leather boots in the 1980s, followed by the arrival of plastic boots that changed the game of ski touring. With years of experience in the design and manufacturing of ski boots, the R&D team pays close attention to detail, while seeking input from World Champion athletes, alpine guides, ski instructors and mountain rescue operators (to name a few). Continue reading...