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Introducing the Award-Winning SCARPA Furia

May. 27th 2015
Sam Elias boulders with the SCARPA Furia.

SCARPA athlete Sam Elias bouldering on The Monkey Traverse (V4). Flagstaff Mountain, Colorado.

Need a shoe that will find every nuanced hold on steep rock? Then check out the new, award-winning SCARPA Furia. By trading the bulky midsole for a responsive Power Connection Band (a tensioned rubber strip under the foot), legendary SCARPA rock-shoe designer Heinz Mariacher has achieved a new paradigm of sensitivity, softness, performance, and comfort in the Furia. The Furia’s PCB rand helps activate the strength in your entire foot for dynamic movement, insane grip, and delicate touch. It’s so good, Climbing Magazine gave it the coveted Editor’s Choice award. Sport or bouldering, indoors or out, the Furia is the perfect shoe for your next project.

Michael Rosato rocks the SCARPA Furia at the Boulder Rock Club.
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SCARPA’S FIRST FRIDAY FILM FEST: MAY

May. 1st 2015

Can you believe it’s May already? Either way, TGIFFFF (Thank God It’s First Friday Film Fest)! From the freshly powdered trees of New Hampshire to the toughest routes in Lebanon, check out what a few of our athletes have been up to this month.

Working For The Weekend S2|E2 – New Hampshire River Shred

By midwinter, the river beds around the East Coast have filled up and are ready to be shredded. Ben Leoni and his fellow weekend warrior buddy, Dr. Motley, find an ideal stream in backwoods New Hampshire.

Rooted: Climbing Lebanon (Teaser)

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A Year in the Life of Sam Elias

Apr. 6th 2015

As a prolific climber and adventurer based in Salt Lake City, Sam Elias has made his way around the globe and back this past year, nabbing some first ascents, tackling beautiful lines and taking off the beaten path adventures. Here’s a quick look at some of his career highlights from the past year, and a little preview of what’s to come.

Photo credit: Seth Andersen

MARCH 2014 – American Hustle in Oliana, Spain

After spending five weeks in Oliana, Spain working an epic new route, Same nabbed the first ascent of American Hustle (5.14b).

APRIL 2014 – Climbing in Morocco

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IMAGE GALLERY: The 20th Annual Ouray Ice Festival

Jan. 13th 2015

What started as a small gathering of ice enthusiasts back in 1996 has turned into one of the world’s premier ice climbing events. The 20th annual Ouray Ice Festival hosted over 3,000 climbers this past weekend, from beginners to the world’s best. Our athletes continued to out climb the competition during the main event, where Will Gadd took 1st place in the Elite Mixed Climbing Competition, Sam Elias placed 4th and Matthieu Maynadier placed 6th, while Sarah Hueniken placed an impressive 2nd in the Elite Women’s competition.

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Recap: Rifle Climbing Festival

Jul. 30th 2013

Rifle has always held a reputation as the place in Colorado for hard sport climbing. With clinics, demos, and countless routes it’s no surprise the Rifle Climbing Festival hosted by apparel brand, prAna, drew over 300 moderate, advanced, and elite level climbers.

Battling major temperature swings – from the low 40’s at night to 100 degrees mid-day – attendees warmed up on 5.11 climbs, switching to 5.12 and 5.13s for the rest of the day.

SCARPA’s demo selection of trailrun, approach, and climb shoes went quickly as everyone awoke with the sun, eager to hit the crags. SCARPA climber, Sam Elias was there to explain the uses and benefits of each shoe to those interested.

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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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Ouray Ice Festival Recap Part 1: Sam Elias

Jan. 30th 2013

The Ouray Ice Festival took place January 10-13 in Ouray, Colorado. SCARPA athlete, Sam Elias, participated in the festival competition this year wearing the SCARPA Phantom Guides. Elias shared a few thoughts on competing and his experience at the festival.

The Ouray Ice Festival is the largest ice climbing event in North America. It is also the busiest few days of the winter for the small mountain town in southwestern Colorado. I love the town, and the festival is one of my favorite climbing events to be a part of. My first experience at the festival was for the difficulty competition, and it has been a source of sweetness and suffering for me ever since. In 2008, it was my second season ice and winter mixed climbing. It was incidentally my first climbing competition ever. I took 16th, and didn’t qualify for the finals. I had no expectations or thoughts about how I should do, and it was fun, but I knew I was strong and could be good at it. In 2009, I was not invited to compete. Unlike 2008, in 2009 there was no qualifier, only a final. So, you were either invited into the final, or not. I was still inexperienced and unaccomplished. I was invited into the final in 2010, and I had a very memorable performance. I ended up topping the route in a diving, buzzer beating finish with only 2 seconds left on the clock.

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Go East Young Man: Sam Elias explores a different kind of variation

Aug. 7th 2012

Broadening horizons can definitely have its benefits. Sam Elias knows this. The mixed climbing pro just got back from an Everest expedition, a major departure for an individual who normally makes bigger waves in ice climbing festivals and sport climbing test pieces. What’s more, he’s left the west for the summer and is currently living in New York City, training hard, but also embracing the lifestyle change to hopefully retain a broader sense of self. We had the chance to speak with him briefly before he went to work on the docks along the East River. This fall the SCARPA athlete heads back to Europe to reacquaint himself with the sharp end.

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Sam Elias reports from Everest base camp

May. 3rd 2012

Everest Base Camp - Sam Elias

Sam Elias and other SCARPA athletes are at Everest base camp gearing up for an expedition that has many parts including a scientific medical study, a historical Everest story, a geologic survey and an art project. Not to mention actually climbing Mt. Everest. Elias wrote in to tell us what it’s been like getting ready for the expedition, the challenges he has faced as a sport climber, as well as the gear he is using.

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Sam Elias: On the Ouray Ice Fest, the climbing community and learning opportunities

Jan. 12th 2012

Sam Elias at Ouray Ice Fest 2012SCARPA athlete, Sam Elias spent last weekend at the Ouray Ice Festival in Colorado celebrating frozen water, climbing, camaraderie and learning. Sam has attended and taught at five Ouray Ice Fests and cannot wait for the next one. Here are Elias’ reflections on the 2012 festival:

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