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Dream Job: Heinz Mariacher Builds Your Rock Shoes

Jun. 4th 2014

Heinz Mariacher’s biggest impact on climbing might be on climbers’ feet—he’s the wizard behind many groundbreaking climbing shoe designs, and likely the only shoe designer most climbers know by name. But his beginnings in shoe design sprang from an intense passion for the sport, and the hard, bold routes he has climbed on the foreboding limestone peaks of Italy’s Dolomites.

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Meet The Family Instinct

Mar. 6th 2014

We had a vision. We wanted a set of climbing shoes to cover the spectrum of technical climbing, bouldering and everything in between. They would be shoes that could defeat any boulder problem, any steep overhang, any wall. They would edge, smear, toe in, but also stand alone. They would be a family of shoes.

Meet the family Instinct.

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Behind the Instinct VS

Jul. 16th 2013

An expert shoe for technical climbs, the Instinct VS was crafted with hard sport routes and bouldering in mind. The Bi-Tension active rand works from the heel to toes, literally pulling the toes back so they don’t jam and crush into the front of the shoe. The toe and heel piece are separate from one another allowing the arch of your foot greater ability to flex and work your toe independently of your heel and vice versa. Power straps on the upper help you maintain a snug fit and eliminate the need to re-lace your shoes leading to faster and easier adjusting. Another feature that separates the Instinct VS from other climbing shoes is its light rubber material that keeps your feet from cramping and offers added comfort and flexibility in the upper.

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SCARPA’s Crux Canvas is Another Work of Art

Jul. 9th 2013

A few years back a little known Italian artist named Leonardo da Vinci used canvas as the backdrop for a portrait he called the Mona Lisa—you might have heard of it. Well, the Italian SCARPA family liked the idea of art built upon canvas, and decided to use the material to create their own three-dimensional masterpiece. They call it the Canvas Crux.

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SCARPA’s “26,320 Days” Giveaway Ends with a Bang

Apr. 19th 2013

To wrap up our “26,320 Days” Facebook Giveaway, we’re  hooking up one fan plus a friend of their choice with a $300 gift card to Scarpa.com. To up the ante, we’ll give away a $500 gift card if we reach our goal of 26,320 fans by Thursday April 25th. Think how far 500 bucks worth of SCARPA gear can take you!

The goal of SCARPA’s Giveaway is to reach 26,320 fans. It might seem like a strange number but if you do the math, it’s the average number of days a human spends on earth and we want you to embrace every one of those days to the fullest ­– outside.

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Understanding Instinct: Introducing the new Instinct VS

Apr. 16th 2013

Winter has given way to Spring, and those with Instinct are shelving their AT boots for rock climbing shoes, and headed for the warmer climates to return to the sharp end. From sport crags to boulder fields, SCARPA’s Instinct VS is the tool for versatile precision and performance in a sophisticated package. “The Instinct models are my favorite and most used in the entire line,” says SCARPA athlete Sam Elias. “And though it’s called the Instinct VS, and is supposed to be an ‘Instinct,’ it’s truly a different shoe.”

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Unaweep Wall

Aug. 24th 2011

Rob Pizem, a member of SCARPA’s rock climbing team, has plans to free climb Unaweep Wall in Colorado this coming weekend.

In Rob’s words:
“Unaweep Wall lies on the west end of Unaweep Canyon just outside Grand Junction, Colorado. It is a granite and metamorphic gneiss, an overlooked and underused rock climbing mecca. Most of the noteworthy and established climbing is at the east end of the canyon on smaller features from sandstone boulders to 600 ft granite walls. Traditional routes are the main attraction, but more and more mixed and sport routes are being established by myself, Jesse Zacher and a few others.

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Q&A with SCARPA rock shoe designer Heinz Mariacher

Aug. 1st 2011

Storied climber and legendary rock shoe designer Heinz Mariacher is still in love with climbing. And shoe cobblery. The 55-year-old Austrian spends as much time at the crag as he does at the sewing machine. Matching proactive materials, Active Randing methods, and biophysical ergonomics, Mariacher and SCARPA are creating shoes that showcase Mariacher’s expertise. Their common goal: produce shoes perfect for their function. We talked with Heinz from his home in Italy to share a little about how his passion for climbing created a craftsman at the top of his game.

What were your first memories of climbing?
That brings us back to the sixties. Back then Climbers were not considered athletes, but kind-of-crazy-outsiders who risked their ass every time they went to the mountains. Already as a kid I admired them and dreamed about becoming a real climber. After exploring and scrambling up every freaking canyon around my home town, I couldn’t wait any longer, jumped on my small bicycle. and pedaled 20 miles to a real mountain. I was 12 years old, had no idea about the dimensions, and how exhausting the following approach with one mile elevation gain would be. After an endless 4-hours hike I finally found my wall: vertical, big and frightening. I had no climbing equipment, just well-worn tennis shoes and a dream about living a real adventure. I followed some old rusty pitons, challenged several times the absolute limit of my modest climbing skills and luckily survived (later I found out that the route was 5.8).

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deep in pow or warm winter bouldering… SCARPA’s team is getting after it

Feb. 9th 2011

Vicariously experience the professional athlete/world traveler adventure life through our climbing and ski teams’ weekly trip reports.

SCARPA tele ripper, Chris Erikson, sends in proof that he is, indeed, working hard with this mini-trip report from his shoot for PowderWhore’s Television.

Adam U returns from an exploration of Japan with this trip report: “Every local we talked to told us that conditions like we had were ‘normal.’ We hope to put their word to the test by returning next year for a month. Until then, enjoy!”

Winter 10/11 Episode 5: Made in Japan! from Bird Robot on Vimeo.

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