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How to Set Great Gym Routes with Joel Zerr

May. 21st 2015

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.

Joel Zerr foreruns a route he just set at The Spot.
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Three Steps to Help Kickstart Your Spring Trail Running

May. 19th 2015

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.

Trail running in the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado.

Jeremy Duncan trains in the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorao.

1. Start Slow

Spring trail running in the high country.
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Are We Hardwired for Adventure?

Mar. 17th 2015

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.

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SCARPA First Friday Film Fest: December

Dec. 5th 2014

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.

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SCARPA Athletes in the News

Oct. 13th 2014

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.

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SCARPA Athlete Updates

Jun. 19th 2014

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.


May 30 – Scott Simmons completed the fastest ascent of Mount Hood in 1:26:28. Keep up with Scott on his blog.

June 6 – Alex Puccio came in 10th place in Vail, Colorado’s IFSC Climbing World Cup. Stay up to date with Alex on her Facebook.

June 9 – Scott Bennett set the speed record on the Naked Edge in Boulder, Colorado’s Eldorado Canyon in 00:29:53. His friend, Bill Wright, wrote a trip report.

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Will Gadd Video Urges You to MOVE

Oct. 1st 2013

The majority of us sit at a desk most of the week, crunching numbers, shooting off emails, surfing the internet or worse, stalking old friends on Facebook. SCARPA athlete, writer, and most notably professional ice and sport climber, Will Gadd doesn’t succumb to the seated position. Instead, he moves. Constantly.

In this memorable video, Will speaks about the importance of movement – what it does for your body, your mind, and overall well-being. He understands many of us have pressures that don’t always allow us to get outside or move the way he does. But Will says it’s not the type of movement that matters, what matters is that you MOVE.

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A New Season: Cherishing Each Turn with Mike Leake

Sep. 19th 2013

With winter right around the corner, I imagine most people are preparing as they always do, with dry land training, sets at the gym, dusting off gear, and watching ski movies. For many these are fall rituals. Mine are typically right along those lines, and of course, this goes hand in hand with great anticipation. But what happens when this ritual is disrupted by a potentially lifestyle changing disease? This year my anticipation for winter has a bit different feel than years past. It brings a sense of appreciation and perspective.

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Adam U’s Summer at Sea

Oct. 30th 2012

SCARPA athlete Adam Ü seems to have found the perfect balance between work and play. A marine biologist by trade, he spent the summer touring around islands in the South Pacific doing marine mammal surveys. He arrived home to the Pacific Northwest just in time for some late season marine mammal surveys near Juan de Fuca Plate. Now that the weather is changing, he will put on his ski boots and spend the winter touring around the Cascades. Rough life, we know.

Adam Ü + summer = sea time.

Every spring I make a transformation from Adam Ü: professional skier to Adam Ü: marine biologist. This year the transformation was especially abrupt; in mid-April I bid my skis adieu and flew from snowy Mt. Baker to American Samoa to join a research expedition on the NOAA ship Oscar Elton Sette.

There was plenty to see in the month it took us to sail from American Samoa to Hawaii. Here’s a Red-tailed tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda.

Here is a nice group of Fraser’s dolphins Lagenodelphis hosei.

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