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.
October 6 – Blind kayaker Erik Weihenmayer finished the recent No Barriers Grand Canyon expedition, a three-week, 277-mile white water kayaking adventure through the Grand Canyon. Read more about Weihenmayer’s trip.
October 9 – Red Bull Media House released the first part of their new series about Chris Davenport, “Faces of Dav.” The first episode takes a look at Davenport’s return to Bella Coola after Doug Coomb’s tragic accident in 2007. Watch the episode.
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...
A body in motion stays in motion. At least it does if you’re Chris Davenport. The SCARPA athlete is currently on the road keeping up with the professional side of being a career skier. Meetings, appearances, hob-knobbing with politicians, and juggling family responsibilities—it’s not all about clicking into his skis. There’s actual work, of which he’s been doing a lot. From the terminal he was able to squeak in some time to update us of his latest exploits and plans for the coming winter. Continue reading...
SCARPA ambassador Chris Davenport is an icon in the world of big mountain skiers. He’s skied everywhere from the LHOTSE face of Mount Everest to the Antarctic Peninsula. He’s appeared in over thirty ski films and holds two World Extreme Skiing Championship titles. Davenport has made numerous first descents and skied hundreds of classics. When not skiing (which, by the way, is very rare) he commentates on ABC Sports, ESPN, and Outside Television, delivers professional lectures to businesses on risk management, and spends time with his family in Colorado. Davenport was also named one of ESPN’s 50 Most Influential People in Action Sports. In addition, he’s even written two coffee-table books: Ski the 14ers and 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America. In short, Davenport has a glittering ski resume—and has no plans to slow down. Continue reading...
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. Continue reading...
We’re psyched here at SCARPA to welcome big mountain skier Chris Davenport to the SCARPA roster. Not only is Dav a recognized face on the freeskiing scene, he’s a guy that understands ski products, thanks to the many days he logs each year and his racing background.
Which also makes him an idea guy to help the SCARPA team develop a new line of SCARPA freeride boots that will be available at the consumer level in Fall 2013. He’s already been testing boots on a recent trip to Chile and providing feedback. He talked a little more about the project with Mountain Magazine, Gear Institute and Earn Your Turns in recent days.
Plus, he’s an awesome ambassador for the sport, a really open, approachable skier, and that’s the kind of people that we also like to work with here at SCARPA.
Photo: Adam Clark
“I’m a product guy, a gear geek if you will. I love equipment, I love tweaking it, and I believe that you can always make a better product,” Davenport said. “SCARPA is super well respected in the world of skiing, so for me, this a chance to work with an already great line of products, but also a chance to help create something innovative and new.”
“There’s very definitely an opportunity in the freeride category – a product for a specific set of needs that doesn’t yet exist in the marketplace,” he said. “I’m not just joining SCARPA, I’m joining SCARPA to be involved in the development of the strongest boot line yet specifically built for the needs of freeride and sidecountry skiers.” Continue reading...