For nine-time ABS National Champion Alex Puccio, the last two years have been the most trying of her career. After a nine-month recovery from a June 2015 knee injury she was climbing some of the hardest outdoor boulder problems of her career only to have a freak accident only weeks after a full recovery cause a disc in her neck to rupture. The neck injury would go undiagnosed by several specialists until an MRI, prompted by a shooting electrical pain in her arms during the 2016 Vail World Cup, revealed the severity of the injury. Now after another surgery and several months of rehab, Alex is back to near normal form, winning major comps and testing her limits outdoors. We caught up with Alex to discuss injury and rehab and the mindset it takes to keep coming back.
Alex Puccio on Crown of Aragorn (V13). Photo: Joel Zerr
In early June 2015, Alex Puccio was warming up for the Vail, Colorado, stop of the IFSC Bouldering World Cup. She took an awkward fall and heard a pop. The first doctor she saw confirmed the worst, a blown knee. Her first run inwith major injury, this was a gut check, but in the year that followed, Alex committed herself to intense rehab and training. Through the experience, she found a new level of focus, determination, and mental strength, and some might argue she’s come back even stronger. Watch the full story below.
Alex Puccio and her trusty SCARPA Instinct VS take on Buttermilk test pieces. Must Watch!
It’s the first Friday of the month which means we’re bringing you the perfect excuse to procrastinate in the office or kick back with a cold one at the end of the day: a fresh heap of climbing and skiing videos. This month’s batch of moving pictures takes you from Alaska to Northern Spain, where SCARPA’s crew of dedicated climbers and skiers continue to push what’s possible in the mountains. #NoPlaceTooFar Continue reading...
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...
Alex sent her way to another ABS Nationals victory (her 9th, in fact). We caught up with her to hear about the win and what’s in store for her post-comp season.
Alex sends in the SCARPA Instinct VS
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...
It’s officially December 5th, which means the First Friday Film Fest is back! Scroll through this month’s collection of videos featuring our athletes pushing their limits on rock, snow and ice.
Working for the Weekend
SCARPA’s newest ski athlete (and full time lawyer in Portland, ME) Ben Leoni is featured in a web series about weekend warriors backcountry skiing out East.
Exposure Vol II. featuring Alex Puccio
Exposure Vol. II follows athletes Alex Puccio, Daniel Woods, Jimmy Webb, Alex Megos, and Dmitry Sharafutdinov as they push both their own personal limits and the limits of climbing. Continue reading...
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.
Alex Puccio recently did her first V13 — Top Notch — in Chaos Canyon, Rocky Mountain National Park. Check out her accomplishment. Just five days later, she was back in Rocky Mountain National Park and easily sent her second V13, Nothin’ but Sunshine, on her first try. Read about it here.
We met up with Alex Puccio on a hot summer day in Boulder, Colorado. She lives just a few blocks from the SCARPA office and although the 25-year-old climber couldn’t make a 5 o’clock happy hour, she was thrilled to meet up for a midday coffee. We sat down with her to talk about where she’s been climbing and what she has in store for the future.
ALEX’S PREFERRED SHOES: THE INSTINCT VS FOR CLIMBING, SPARKS FOR HAPPY HOUR
SCARPA: How did you end up in Boulder?
Alex Puccio probably didn’t think she was going to become a world-class boulderer. That said, she might’ve had some idea after she entered the U.S. Bouldering Championships as a teenager… and won. Since then, she has gone on to become a tour de force in competitive bouldering, winning several titles in the last several years – including eight U.S. National Champion titles. At 24 years old, the native Texan is showing no signs of slowing down and is currently ramping up for another season on the World Cup. Though it’s hard to schedule in the time when you’re on the circuit, she even finds occasion to actually climb outside and answer a few questions from us. Continue reading...