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Shingo Ohkawa Trades his Rack for Draws at the 2013 International Climbers’ Fest

Jul. 23rd 2013

A few weeks ago, I had the unique pleasure of attending the 2013 International Climbers’ Festival in Lander, Wyoming—home to the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and two of the West’s most celebrated sport crags, Wild Iris and Sinks Canyon. Despite the fact that I’ve done almost zero sport climbing—ever, the trip was, for this stubborn traddie, a terrific opportunity to see how the other half lives, and how to live off a steady diet of humble pie.

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Finding the Perfect Shoes for all of Your Adventures

Jun. 19th 2013

Arltey Goodhart has been an invaluable member of the SCARPA team for four years in the warranty department and is currently studying pathology and microbiology. He enjoys most styles of climbing – everything from from big wall to bouldering but big climbs that require full commitment and persistence are what he finds most rewarding.

Ah, springtime. Everything is fresh, new and the climbing temps are nothing short of perfect. As a student, spring grants me time to finally venture to the climbing spots I’ve had my eye on for the past semester. For me, springtime equals an agenda of multi-sport days that include climbing, running and biking.

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Keeping the Spark Alive: The SCARPA Spark GTX

May. 14th 2013

Slowly, mountain run-off and latent winter storms give way to spring weather. But it’s never easy. This time of year it’s a crapshoot to predict trail conditions. Morning squalls drop an inch (or more) of snow, leaving intermediate wet zones, slippery corners and Oh, shi-! moments in the event of a misstep. Nevertheless, when the sun starts taunting us through office windows the urge to seek out our favorite single track pulls from every direction. It’s ironically frustrating.


Men’s Spark GTX

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One, or Both, but not the Other: Keeping Up with Cory Richards

May. 7th 2013

Photo Courtesy: National Geographic

Cory Richards is a busy man. The SCARPA athlete and Himalayan climber/photographer has found a new appreciation of remote in the abyss of Antarctica and will soon be focusing his photographic expertise on dinosaurs before returning to the vertical wilderness of northern Russia and Canada. It’s man vs. self as he juggles both athleticism and photography career paths. They often overlap, but Cory doesn’t sweat it, as he’s learned how to handle himself when they don’t.

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26,320 Days SCARPA FACEBOOK GIVEAWAYS start this week

Mar. 27th 2013

To celebrate spring and summer and to ensure you’re spending as much time climbing and running as possible, SCARPA has launched our “26,320” month-long giveaway.

Over the next four weeks, SCARPA is hosting four product giveaways on our Facebook page. Simply head over to facebook.com/scarpana and click the “26,320 Giveaway” button in our Tabs menu to unlock your entry.

Why 26,320? It’s roughly the amount of days you have on Earth and it’s a symbolic reminder for making sure you spend as many of them as possible in the mountains. It’s also a benchmark number for our Facebook community; we have currently just fewer than 25,000 Likes. We would love for you to share the SCARPA page with your friends and grow our community to 26,320 and beyond.

Starting today with the new Spark GTX trail running shoe (for men and women) giveaway, a new contest will start each consecutive Tuesday until April 20. Fans will have the opportunity to win our newest Trail, Approach, and Climbing shoes.

Fans are encouraged to share the SCARPA contest with friends because we’re giving away a pair of shoes to one winner + a friend of their choice each week. Good luck!

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Ueli Steck on training via running in the SCARPA Sparks

Apr. 20th 2012

Most folks familiar with Ueli Steck’s achievements think of him as one of the world’s most accomplished alpinists. And that’s certainly accurate. But staying in shape for the world’s most visionary climbs involves a lot of training of the more everyday sort – running.

Because he does so much training (1,200 hours per year!), Steck says the simplicity and ease of running appeals to him. That, and the fact that – as he says – unlike with speed solo climbing, if you make a mistake running, you won’t die. So there’s that …

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