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Video: Cold, the trailer…

Jun. 9th 2011

In February of 2011 SCARPA athlete Cory Richards and veteran Himalayan alpinists Denis Urubko and Simone Moro made the first winter ascent of an 8,000m peak in Pakistan’s Karakoram, summitting Gasherbrum II. Richards recorded dispatches of their progress and the world followed as the team accomplished their goal while braving high-altitude winter conditions. Following the milestone ascent, the team was avalanched on their way down to base camp and successfully dug each other out. Richards captured his team’s incredible feat and now he and filmmaker Anson Fogel are bringing the experience to life with the film, “Cold.”

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Mt. Hunt spring ski tour trip report in Grand Teton National Park

Jun. 2nd 2011

Changing gears from one season to the next is a part of mountain town living. Weather and conditions dictate how we embrace the outdoors. The late winter mud season is usually a pickle, as Mother Nature tends to be a two-faced bitch and it affects everyone. Folks around town moan about the continued snowfall and inclement weather that continues to persist, and they’re sick of wearing wools hats, long johns and getting shut down by her mercurial mood swings. Everyone gets cranky. On some levels I agree. Grey mornings, sloppy snow showers and dirty streets leave little to be desired after a long winter. Hangovers don’t help either.

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Focusing on the Sharp End: Q&A with climber and filmmaker Chuck Fryberger

May. 3rd 2011

SCARPA-sponsored climber and accomplished filmmaker Chuck Fryberger can often be seen through the lens—from both sides.  Striking a balance between climbing and art has been his bag for over a decade. And he does it well.

Climbing and filming have taken him around the world in search of stone and story. He’s produced several full-length climbing films, twice been the cover boy for Climbing, and rounds out the experience with musical documentaries and commercial film work.

We tracked him down during a film shoot to find out how Chuck keeps things in focus.

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SCARPA Gecko Guide field review by Jim Donini

Apr. 28th 2011

Jim Donini (via Wikipedia) – (born 1943, Philadelphia, PA) is an American rock climber and alpinist, noted for a long history of cutting-edge climbs in Alaska and Patagonia. He was president of the American Alpine Club from 2006 to 2009, and a 1999 recipient of the AAC’s Robert and Miriam Underhill Award.

“I’ve done a lot of trekking into remote, nearly inaccessible, places – make that about 50 years’ worth. Scree, glacial moraines, temperate rain forest, sandy desert washes, river crossings and even the occasional maintained trail or two. Your pack is important and so is your clothing but nothing is the game changer your footwear can be – for better or worse.

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Field Report: NTN Demo at 36th Annual North American Telemark Festival (NATO)

Mar. 16th 2011
To: Chris Clark, Field Marshall, SCARPA North America
From: The Franconia Group, New England Represent!
Date: 3/13/11

Event: The 36th Annual North American Telemark Festival, Mad River Glen, Vermont

Weather:

Windy, overcast with occasional snow squalls and temps warming up to the low 30’s

Snow Conditions:

Very firm, icy even by New England standards.  Rained the day before then hardened up over night.  Conditions were too wet to run the groomers.  Trees were very crusty.

Equipment:

  • Boots: TX Pro and TX Comp and Wmn TX Pro
  • T1, W T1, T Race
  • Skis: Volkl Mantra, Rossi Sick Bird
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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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Red Rock Rendezvous Registration is Now Open

Jan. 11th 2011

Registration is now open for the annual spring climbing pilgrimage known as the Red Rock Rendezvous. presented by Mountain Gear.com. Hundreds of climbers and dozens of manufacturers will converge on the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area for the weekend (March 18-20.)

Located about 15 miles west of Las Vegas, Nevada the RRCNS provides easy access to more than 1700 different climbing routes. The Red Rock Rendezvous attracts every level of climber, from newbie to expert, to learn and hone new skills, get the download on the latest gear, meet the pros, and celebrate climbing while enjoying the sun and red sandstone cliffs.

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Colorado Ski Mountaineering Cup Kicks Off Season on December 11th at new CS Irwin Venue

Nov. 24th 2010

Randonee racing continues to gather steam in North America. Witness the success of the Colorado Ski Mountaineering Cup (COSMIC). Entering its fifth season, COSMIC will include 9 races on the 2010/2011 schedule. The COSMIC season kicks off with a new race on December 11th, with the CS Irwin rando race outside of Crested Butte, Colorado.

COSMIC 2010/2011 season schedule

The CS Irwin race will be burly and is sure to attract some of the fastest backcountry ski racers in North America. As usual, there’ll be a lot of green on the scene.

The race will start at 10,400 ft and climb (yes, climb) from there, leading skiers up to the top of Scarp Ridge (12,100 ft) three separate times for a total of over 5000ft+ of gain/loss. If the elevation isn’t enough to make your quads shake, racers will travel the equivalent of over 10 miles, all of it above 10,000ft.

As Race Director Pete Swenson explains, the CS Irwin race takes ski mountaineering races back to its roots.

“There is a movement in the Rocky Mountains to establish race venues modeled after a European style of racing, which means getting these competitions off traditional ski resorts and into a backcountry setting.”

Mission accomplished: The race course is 7 miles from Crested Butte and with no maintained roads in the Winter. Athletes will either take a CS Irwin cat ride or supply their own sled for transportation to the start line. Because of the remote venue,

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