Early last summer, SCARPA athlete Dave Allfrey and filmmaker Cheyne Lempe set out on a journey that would test both their limits, big-wall climbing on Baffin Island. While both had plenty of climbing experience ranging from places like Yosemite, Patagonia, and the Himalaya, neither climber had pushed themselves in an area as remote and unsupported, beautiful and dangerous as Baffin Island. If there’s one dish in which the miles of fjord ice and thousands of feet of vertical granite of Baffin serve in abundance, it’s humble pie of the purest, most enriching variety. Watch Haywire, the story of their trip below. Continue reading...
In “Westward,” a new video series from KGB Productions that’s debuting online this fall, viewers get a glimpse into the worlds of four distinct mountain characters who’ve made lives for themselves in the West and found the perfect balance between work, life, and play. These four intriguing individuals are dedicated skiers who’ve chosen to eschew traditional jobs and city life to follow their own paths and pursue their passions in the remote, snow-covered corner of the globe that is Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Along the way, they may have been forced to leave something behind, but through their migration, they have discovered a treasure all their own. Watch the trailer below.
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.
Like it or not, the leaves are changing, the temps are dropping, and summer is slipping away. That’s not all bad though because though we lose the warmth of summer we gain the jaw-dropping beauty of fall. From golden aspens to waves of orange and red tundra grass, there’s a lot to love about this season, especially if you’re a trail runner. We asked four of our trail athletes about their favorite spots to stretch their legs as the season changes. Time to lace up those sneakers and hit the trail.
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. Continue reading...
Climbing participation has exploded due in part to the growth of climbing gyms. These indoor facilities provide both a controlled environment for new climbers to test the waters and a place for more seasoned climbers to train year round. Part of the attraction of gym climbing is variety. With quality route setting, a gym can offer a new experience with almost every visit. But good climbing gym route setting is a science not easily replicated according to SCARPA athlete and USAC Level IV sport and bouldering route setter Joel Zerr. Joel currently sets for The Spot in Boulder, Colorado. He’s also guest set for countless gyms and national competitions including USAC youth events and the UBC Pro Tour. Quality route setting, according to Joel, is critical to the enjoyment of indoor climbing and it can actually help a climber progress. Here are a few of his tips to get it right. Continue reading...
Spring is about transition: cold to warm, snow to dirt, and winter activities to summer activities. It’s a transition of muscle usage as well. Often fitness gains from winter activities can transfer well. But after several months of low mileage, it’s important to be smart about your first few trail running sessions. We asked to SCARPA Athlete Jeremy Duncan share his secrets that will help you pull your SCARPA trail runners back out of the closet and get back into the groove.
Jeremy Duncan trains in the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorao.
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by Rob Coppolillo
People much smarter, braver, and tougher than me have spent books upon books writing about adventure. They’ve gone bigger than me, written in second and third languages about epics on unknown peaks, survived buck-naked disasters in backwater republics, been held hostage by savage barbarians in empires that have crumbled to dust.
But I did lead the Bastille Crack (5.7) in a snowstorm one time … and this was in the days before cell phones, so it counts as “extreme.” Has Reinhold Messner climbed the Bastille in winter? Thought so. Continue reading...
It’s officially December 5th, which means the First Friday Film Fest is back! Scroll through this month’s collection of videos featuring our athletes pushing their limits on rock, snow and ice.
Working for the Weekend
SCARPA’s newest ski athlete (and full time lawyer in Portland, ME) Ben Leoni is featured in a web series about weekend warriors backcountry skiing out East.
Exposure Vol II. featuring Alex Puccio
Exposure Vol. II follows athletes Alex Puccio, Daniel Woods, Jimmy Webb, Alex Megos, and Dmitry Sharafutdinov as they push both their own personal limits and the limits of climbing. Continue reading...
Once a month, we will be keeping you posted on SCARPA athletes goings-on, whether they’re breaking new records, winning wild races, or are just out there having fun.
October 6 – Blind kayaker Erik Weihenmayer finished the recent No Barriers Grand Canyon expedition, a three-week, 277-mile white water kayaking adventure through the Grand Canyon. Read more about Weihenmayer’s trip.
October 9 – Red Bull Media House released the first part of their new series about Chris Davenport, “Faces of Dav.” The first episode takes a look at Davenport’s return to Bella Coola after Doug Coomb’s tragic accident in 2007. Watch the episode.