The glory belongs to face shots, fall lines, and untouched powder, but the skin track is where backcountry skiing happens. It’s not uncommon to spend four hours skinning and four minutes making turns. For a first time backcountry skier (or for most of us on our first day each season) the skin track is grueling a work out. But with time, the hypnotic rhythm and the winter beauty creep under our skin (and skins!) and we learn to love a well-made skin track as much as the descent. Well, almost as much.
It’s no secret the savvy backcountry skier values efficiency. While he or she might be unkempt in other aspects of their lives, skiing isn’t one of them. Long days in the snowy hills depend on it. For the entire history of backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering, the melding of light and stiff has played an elemental role in the advancement of the Alpine Touring boot. While there is no such thing as the perfect AT boot, SCARPA’s F1 Evo comes as close as any.
Chris Davenport spent the last year working on an eight-part video series with Red Bull Media House focused on his life and skiing career. Shot in Bella Coola, Aspen, Antarctica and Norway, the series is called the “Faces of Dav” and explores Dav’s life as an engineer, mountaineer, father, explorer, adventurer and guide.
SEE THE BOOTS CHRIS DAVENPORT DEVELOPED WITH SCARPA: FREEDOM SL
Red Bull just released the trailer, getting us all stoked on the series that starts on October 9.
The name Chris Davenport brings to mind the images that usually exist in only dreams—shredding mountains in Alaska, skiing faces on Mount Everest, traveling the world for endless powder faceshots, and more. But over the past few years, Dav has changed his skiing to focus on uphill challenges, including a mission to ski the Centennial Peaks—the 100 tallest peaks in Colorado.
Although we usually ask Dav to talk about the SCARPA Freedom SL, we asked him about his fondness for another boot—the F1 Evo. The newest boot to the SCARPA family, the F1 Evo has a hands-free ski/walk mechanism that switches modes automatically based on whether the heel is locked into the binding. Continue reading...
From the start, we at SCARPA have been pretty excited about the F1 Evo. A ski boot that combines a featherweight 2.5 pounds per boot with a relatively stiff flex (95 flex index) and 62 degrees of cuff motion, the F1 Evo also offers a first in alpine-touring boot technology: a ski/walk mechanism that automatically locks and unlocks the cuff of the boot based on whether or not the boot is locked into the heel of the binding.
It’s still summer and we’re still out there climbing before the snow falls (which it already has in a few places). Alli Rainey, a SCARPA climber and coach, gives us a couple quick tips on how crucial muscle balance is for injury prevention.
Climbers get injured all the time, and it generally happens when you’re not strong enough. Although you may hit the climbing gym regularly, do you train your opposing muscle groups? These are the muscle groups that get far less attention from climbers.
Once a month, we will be keeping you posted on SCARPA athletes goings-on, whether they’re breaking new records, winning wild races, or are just out there having fun.
July 27 – In Washington’s Stuart Range, Blake Herrington and Jens Holsten free climbed 5.12 routes to the summits of Colchuck Balanced Rock, Dragontail and Prusik Peak in 23 hours and 40 minutes. It was over 4,000 vertical feet of technical climbing and required 20 miles of hiking. Read Herrington and Holsten’s thoughts on the day.Continue reading...
Topher Donahue, a photographer, writer and guide based in Boulder, Colorado, gives us three tips on setting belays when alpine climbing.
Amidst the more heroic elements of alpine climbing, like executing difficult leads, enduring full-on weather conditions and managing complex route-finding, one of the most important, yet under-emphasized aspects of alpine climbing—be it on summer rock or winter ice and snow—is choosing a belay location.
Leaving the trail is only the first step. Boulders, talus, scree and slabs often make up the landscape that lies between our beloved rock climbing and our feet. For that, we know it’s best to have friction. Whatever the mountaineering objective, SCARPA wants you to scramble with confidence every step of the way.
Photo credit: David Allfrey
That’s why we’ve produced three category-defining shoes—two approach and one climbing shoe—that are born from decades of experience and crafted through a culture that attends to detail like no other. The result: efficient, strong and comfortable shoes that will deliver you to the base of potential glory. Continue reading...
Once a California climbing bum with big wall aspirations, David Allfrey is now has now proven himself an accomplished climber—recently climbing seven routes in seven days on El Capitan with friend and partner Alex Honnold.