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Feb. 6th 2015

Welcome back to our First Friday Film Fest featuring SCARPA athletes on big mountain adventures, free-climb missions and some of Utah’s finest crack.

Dean Cummings’ The Steep Life Film 2015

The Chugach Mountains surrounding Valdez, Alaska are the proving grounds for big mountain skiing and the foundation of Dean Cummings’ The Steep Life. Since 1991 Dean has been dedicated to exploring and guiding in the Chugach and developing the protocols needed to safely access this terrain.

Fine Jade (5.11a) – Utah’s Best Sandstone Tower

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Going for Speed: Josh Wharton Shatters The Diamond Record

Apr. 1st 2014
photo: John Dickey

More than a decade ago, Josh Wharton and Jonny Copp broke the speed record for climbing the Diamond, the 13,000-foot east face of Longs Peak in Colorado. It was a 14 hour roundtrip, from leaving their car and returning to it. He claims they weren’t trying, just trying to stay warm in the Colorado winter chill above timberline. Last year, young climbers beat their record and it was just the motivation Wharton needed to try again. Here is how he stole the title back… at least for a little while.

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Josh Wharton: On Mixed Climbing in Colorado

Mar. 4th 2014

Josh Wharton, alpine climbing legend, muses on mixed climbing in his backyard.

A little over a month ago I partially tore the A3 pulley in my ring finger while trying Koyaanisqatsi, a great V11 in Boulder Canyon, just west of Boulder, Colorado. Of course it was disappointing to get injured, especially while enjoying the warm winter bouldering conditions, but after a day of sulking I decided it was time to get after all the ice and mixed climbing I could!

On the second pitch of True Grit in the San Juans (credit: John Dickey)
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Mugs Stump Award – Latok Trip Report 2012

Oct. 23rd 2012

SCARPA athlete, Josh Wharton, was a 2012 Mug Stump Award recipient for his planned expedition to Latok 1. Since 2007, climbing Latok 1 has been a personal dream of Wharton’s. He had been to the Choktoi four times and had invested a lot of time, energy and resources into completing Latok 1. Wharton wrote to us a few weeks ago to let us know that it was an unsuccessful trip – in terms of the climbing – plagued by illness and altitude sickness. But, like all great expeditions, there were small accomplishments woven into the big picture. As Wharton said, “I did succeed on an unclimbed rock spire and had some good times in the mountains with Kyle Dempster and Hayden Kennedy.”

Nate Opp and I arrived at basecamp below Latok on July 11th, intent on trying the North Ridge/Northwest face of the mountain. We set about acclimatizing, using skis to reach a bivouac at 5,500 meters on our third day. After a few days of rest in poor weather, we attempted a 6,500 meters snow peak in the valley north of Choktoi Glacier. It was an enjoyable, classic mountaineering adventure, but we turned around at ~6,400 meters, just shy of the summit due to poor snow conditions.

After 10 days at basecamp, Nate started to express doubts about Latok. He was concerned with the objective hazards involved, and ultimately decided he wasn’t willing to accept the risks. On July 24th Nate left basecamp and headed home.

Although extremely upset with Nate’s decision, I was unwilling to just abandon the trip. This was my fourth Latok mission; I knew more about the mountain, and had allotted more time at basecamp then I ever had before. Going home felt tantamount to quitting, and in many ways my multi-year commitment to Latok has always been about never giving up, about staying optimistic and pushing forward even when success might seem unlikely. I knew that Hayden Kennedy and Kyle Dempster were set to arrive on the Choktoi glacier around August 10th, so I chose to stay, and hoped they would be willing to try Latok.

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Jon Walsh and Josh Wharton climb Robson’s Emperor Face in a weekend

Jun. 26th 2012

Jon Walsh and Josh Wharton, two of SCARPA’s athletes (rock and alpine), recently made a first one-day ascent of Mt. Robson via the Emperor Face and the route Infinite Patience. The project took them about 32 hours from Berg Lake to the parking lot and they used helicopter assistance to bypass the half-day approach to the north side. This was Walsh and Wharton’s first time climbing together. Jon Walsh reports on their trip:

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Josh Wharton: Mugs Stump Award Recipient

Feb. 21st 2012

Room with a view, Latok Basecamp

SCARPA Athlete, Josh Wharton was a 2012 recipient of a Mugs Stump Award for his upcoming expedition to Latok 1. He will attempt the Northwest Face with partners Mike Pennings and Nate Opp. In his application for the award, Wharton, who has tried various routes on the north side of the mountain in 2007, 2008 and 2009 said, “I have now spent more than six months of my life camped below Latok I’s north side. I have begun to understand its various moods, and why it routinely defeats some of the world’s best alpinists.” We caught up with Wharton to find out more about his inspiration, fears, gear list and a little insight into the expedition.

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