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How to Build a Trad Climbing Rack

Apr. 14th 2016

To many new climbers, alpine and trad climbing are the dark arts of the vertical world. Everything about route finding and placing one’s own gear seems intimidating. Hell, even putting together your first rack can be tricky. But SCARPA athlete Shingo Ohkawa is here to help…with the gear part anyway. He specializes in new routing, especially if there’s unusual, creative, or as some might call, slightly odd terrain to sort out. Here’s his suggestion for dialing in your first trad setup.

Wind River Range Vista

Shingo Ohkawa and Oli take in the view after summiting Helen’s Tower 1 in the Wind River Range.

A starter trad rack.
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Video: A – B Red Rock Bouldering

Apr. 12th 2016

Just some good quality climbing footage from SCARPA athlete Michael Rosato (@mikerosay) and several members of the SCARPA southeast grassroots team. Read the full story here.

A␥B from Michael Rosato on Vimeo.

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Michael Rosato works Monkey Bar Direct (V8).
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What Makes a Great Climbing Trip?

Apr. 12th 2016

Good friends, classic problems, and a relative lack of real-world responsibility: Bouldering trips are hard to beat. When several members of our Southeast grassroots team, Michael Rosato (@mikerosay), Al Smith, Keith Share (@sharekeith), Dan Horne, Billy Brown (@southernsteeze), Eric Eigner, and Kaitlyn Honnold (@khonnold), got together in Red Rock, Nevada, over New Year’s 2016, they worked about every problem they could get their hands on and put together a pretty sweet little edit of their trip. We asked the crew a few questions about their experience in one of America’s premiere climbing destinations. Here’s what they had to say.

Michael Rosato works Monkey Bar Direct (V8).

Michael Rosato works Monkey Bar Direct (V8).

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Sean McColl’s Week of Crush

Mar. 18th 2016
Sean McColl works through M3 in the finals of CWIF 2016.

Sean McColl works through M3 in the finals of CWIF 2016.

SCARPA’s newest global athlete Sean McColl did work last week. On March 12, he took home the win against an incredibly stacked field that included Rustam Gelmanov, Jan Hojer, and Jimmy Webb at the Climbing Works International Festival (CWIF) in Sheffield, England. The the technical finals problems played well into Sean’s style. “I managed to pull a couple “off-the-book” climbs,” said McColl of his comp experience. “And adventure my way through some tricky boulders to win the event.” Men’s final’s problem #3 was the real crowd pleaser, requiring insane body tension and some creativity. Watch the problem here.

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5 Questions with New SCARPA Athlete Sean McColl

Jan. 19th 2016

Sean McColl needs no introduction. He’s one of the world’s most prolific climbers with an incredible resume both indoors and out. And we’re incredibly excited to announce that Sean has joined the SCARPA global athlete team in 2016, further establishing SCARPA as the go-to rock shoe brand for performance-driven climbers. We caught up with Sean to chat about climbing, training, his future goals, and the new SCARPA-Sean McColl partnership.

Sean McColl works a boulder problem in Squamish BC.

Sean McColl works a boulder problem in Squamish BC. Photo: Matt Johnson

Sean McColl works a boulder problem in Squamish BC.
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Alex Puccio Sends in Bishop, CA

Nov. 16th 2015

Alex Puccio and her trusty SCARPA Instinct VS take on Buttermilk test pieces. Must Watch!

Alex Puccio works Buttermilker V12 in Bishop, California.
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Erik Weihenmayer Takes on the Dolomites

Sep. 14th 2015

One of the world’s foremost adventurers and advocates explores the roots and the routes of one of the world’s most famous mountain ranges.

 

Erik Weihenmayer has climbed the 7 summits, kayaked the Grand Canyon, and so much more all while being blind.

Though he’s blind, Erik Weihenmayer has climbed the 7 Summits, kayaked the Grand Canyon, and much, much more.

Erik Weihenmayer has climbed the 7 summits, kayaked the Grand Canyon, and so much more all while being blind.
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Expedition Pakistan: First Ascents in Far Flung Places

Sep. 14th 2015

During the summer of 2015 SCARPA athletes Graham Zimmerman and Scott Bennett spent two months in the Pakistani Karakoram in search of new routes in one of the world’s truly stunning ranges with one of the Karakoram’s most seasoned climbers, Steve Swenson of the American Alpine Club. The amount of planning and training that goes into an expedition in this corner of the world is massive, then everything has to line up just perfectly for the actual send. During this trip, Graham and Scott achieved two impressive first ascents including the Changi Tower (6500m) and a new route up the south face of K6 (8126m). We asked Graham to put together a short photo recap of the incredible trip.

Alpine Climbing Pakistan

First glimpse of the peaks.

Alpine Climbing Pakistan
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Photos from City of Rocks 2015

Aug. 13th 2015

Trade shows are a tough racket. Long days, countless meetings, and more than enough shop talk to put you into a stupor. Thankfully, the SCARPA family figured out the perfect remedy to a grueling Outdoor Retailer 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah: a bitching camp and climbing trip to City of Rocks, Idaho. From August 8-10, we gathered several of our employees, athletes, dealers, and media friends in Southern Idaho’s premiere climbing destination for three days of tacky granite, campfire whiskey, and no cell service. The one rule, no shop talk, this was a climbing trip amongst friends not a schmooze fest. It was righteous. Thanks to everyone in the crew for helping make it happen. Here’s a photographic look at the trip. If you can’t tell from the images below, you should be planning a trip to City of Rocks, like NOW.

Jay from Next Adventure in Portland, Oregon works Colossus (5.10c).
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Our 8 Favorite Summer Climbing Crags

Jul. 30th 2015

It’s hot out there people. The dog days of summer can put a drag on serious sending thanks to humidity and slick rock. But it’s a great time to hit those alpine boulders and crags. It’s also a great time to mellow out, climb with friends, and enjoy everything about summer cragging like nearby swimming holes, umbrella cocktails, and copious vitamin D. We asked eight of our athletes about there favorite summer climbing zones. Here are their greatest hits. Notice a few repeats. Of course you’ll need footwear for summer sessions. Look to the Booster S if you need stick on steep routes, the Vapor V for comfort and performance, or the Techno X for those multi-pitch trad missions.

Bouldering and Summer Climbing in RMNP
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