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How to Prevent Injuries When Climbing

Sep. 10th 2014

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.

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Rock Climbers: How To Stay Motivated Through Winter

Mar. 27th 2014

Do you boulder or rock climb? Have you been watching films, salivating through those epic shots of Yosemite? It may be officially spring, but there’s still plenty of snow on the ground. Alli Rainey, a SCARPA climber and coach, gave us five tips on how to stay motivated throughout the cold months.

It has been bitterly cold here for several weeks and my partner is currently unable to train with me. Since I don’t do winter sports, this could appear to be the perfect setup for a seriously bleak winter spent getting out of shape for climbing. After all, it can be a major challenge to stay inspired when perfect climbing conditions seem far in the future. However, I’ve learned a few key ways that help me keep motivation high.

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RRGCC Rocktoberfest 2013 in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge

Oct. 17th 2013

SCARPA athlete Alli Rainey has been climbing since 1992 and has been lucky enough to turn her passion for crags into a career. Alli is primarily a sport climber and started an online climbing coaching clinic in 2008. Most recently, Alli has been hosting clinics at different events and training other eager climbers.

Kevin Wilkinson climbing a route in the Miller Fork Recreation Preserve.

They did it again – and it was awesome!

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Small Town Confessions: Kevin Wilkinson finds his climbing pace in outback Wyoming

Jul. 2nd 2013

Kevin Wilkinson keeps a fairly low profile. That’s pretty easy to do when you live in Ten Sleep, Wyoming, and spend most of your day honing your climbing chops and developing routes in one of the best sport cragging areas in the lower 48. The Canadian-born transplant wound up here after meeting his wife Alli Rainey – also a SCARPA athlete – at a climbing festival in Vegas. A good story would’ve been they got hitched then and there. Instead they became climbing partners, and approached their courtship more like a hard boulder problem, keeping at it diligently until they put it all together with skill, determination and honesty. Perhaps a little luck, too. The international couple lives an agrarian lifestyle where Kevin has been one of the more prodigious route setters in the area. “It actually takes away from my skill,” he says. Nevertheless, he’s found a balance in his climbing that many of us could follow.

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Alli Rainey: Fall Report – Climbing Events, Climbing, & More Climbing Events

Dec. 20th 2012

Alli Rainey spent the fall participating in and representing SCARPA at climbing events such as Rocktoberfest and the Team Clif Bar athlete summit where she got to know athletes in other sports, such as Chris Davenport. She also honed her sport-climbing skills in the Red River Gorge and played a supporting role for her climbing partner as he set up new sport routes.

It’s been a busy fall season filled with events for me, as well as my annual pilgrimage to the Red River Gorge to work on honing my still-developing steep sport-climbing skills. Autumn kicked off with participation in the local Bureau of Land Management’s National Public Lands Day trail maintenance event near our home in Wyoming. After that, along with my husband, Kevin Wilkinson, and my dog, Jedi, I embarked on the 24-hour drive to Kentucky, stopping for the night in the middle of Iowa before continuing on to arrive just in time to be a part of Rocktoberfest 2012. We taught an intermediate sport-climbing clinic, spending the day sharing our knowledge before I handed out SCARPA goodies to all the participants.

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Alli Rainey: Winter Sport Climbing in Wyoming

Jan. 31st 2012

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Alli Rainey is a sport climber through and through. Claiming to have a “one dimensional passion,” Alli loves climbing even in the heart of a cold Wyoming winter. Below, she shares a little bit about her climbing passion and the benefits of climbing close to home – even if it is a little chilly.

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