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SCARPA North America to distribute the world’s most innovative randonee racing boots – the SCARPA Alien and Alien 1.0 – for Fall 2011.

Mar. 3rd 2011

Randonee racers are their own breed of skiers.  Tights-wearing, gram-counting, lung-busting animals with an unnatural capacity to RUN… not walk, not skin… RUN uphill.  SCARPA-shod rando racers have long dominated ski mountaineering races in Europe with our F1 series boot. So much so that the starting line in European racing is commonly referred to as the Linea Verde, the Green Line, due to so many F1’s lined up and down the start!)

While North America is still a relative newcomer to the ski mountaineering race scene, the number of North American-based races and racers continues to increase, as does the availability of rando racing products designed specifically to meet the unique performance demands of the sport.

Witness the new benchmark in rando racing boot technology, SCARPA’s new Alien and Alien 1.0 boots, to be available in North America in Fall 2011.

A little background: As is always the case, if you want the best feedback on any kind of product, the best source is the folks who put that product to the pinnacle test. So it was a given that SCARPA would put the Alien 1.0 to the test on its top rando racers as part of the development process, for the 2009/10 and 2010/11 World Cup race seasons.

The results? The Alien 1.0 has consistently been on the podium in the EU racing scene. In the last two seasons, racers using the Alien 1.0 have rounded up 12 first-place finishes and 10 seconds. The Ski Mountaineering World Championships happened last month in Claut, Italy, and the top-finishing men’s and women’s racing teams were on this boot.

And so, after SCARPA debuted the Alien/Alien 1.0 at ISPO last month, SCARPA North America can now present the Alien boots though only to a limited number of specialty retailers for Fall 2011.

With that, here’s the dirt on the Alien 1.0 and the Alien:

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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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Brian Arnold’s Secret Spot

Jan. 28th 2011

SCARPA climbing team member, Brian Arnold, sent in a couple of pics and videos from a recent foray into some apparently still semi-secret bouldering spot in New Mexico. Brian reports that, “The problems are mostly new and the rock is super hard sandstone with a good amount of iron in it. If you want directions give me a call it is hard to find but only 5 hours from Boulder!”

So pull out your maps and start plotting. Not sure how fast Brian drives, though. It could be 350 miles or 450. Or, you could just call Brian and ask…looks worth it.

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SCARPA shod Gadd grabs Climbing Mag’s Golden Piton (Ice) for Spray On (WI10)

Jan. 14th 2011

Climbing Magazine recognized Will Gadd and Tim Emmett’s crazy unique Spray On route, which they discovered behind the 463 -foot-high Helmcken Falls in British Columbia, Canada last winter, with the magazine’s prestigious Golden Piton award in the Ice category.

Revisiting Will’s report on the discovery and subsequent adventure of what he calls the coolest, steepest and hardest ice route he’s ever climbed still brings chills of excitement.

For a better sense of the unique route, check out Tim’s video below. Congrats to Tim and Will for the recognition.

Helmcken Falls from Tim Emmett on Vimeo.

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To shred suitably…you have to nail your ski, boot, binding set-up

Dec. 21st 2010

What do you like to ski? Powder? Bumps? Backcountry steeps? All of the above? <check> While there is no single ideal setup that will shred in every situation, pairing the right gear with the intended purpose can be the difference between a decent winter and a great one. The trick is in being honest with yourself about how, where and when you’ll be shredding, then matching the right skis, boots and bindings for your specific needs.

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