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Retailer Shout Outs: Mountain Equipment Co-op

Sep. 3rd 2013

All success stories begin with a single idea. For Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), the inspiration came from six University of Vancouver students who were tired of not being able to access good alpine climbing gear. “The idea came from the same primordial soup as REI,” said current Chief Product Manager Jeff Crook. They rallied together, creating a small hub for climbers to get the quality gear they needed with low markup and democratic principles. In 1971, their original shop was a hole in the wall. It was “a rustic ghetto,” commented Crook. “It was a gritty undertaking to say the least.” But, it allowed the area’s climbers to get the quality hard goods they needed. It was a shop that was proverbially “run by climbers for climbers.”

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One Track Mind: Compete in Park City’s Mid Mountain Marathon

Aug. 29th 2013

On Saturday, September 7th, SCARPA is pleased to help trail runners of greater Park City lace up for the 9th annual Mid Mountain Marathon. Runners of all strides will make their way through the alpine wilds of the Wasatch Range as they take on one of the most scenic race courses in North America.

The race itself is a mountain trail run that connects three world-class resorts: Deer Valley, Park City and the Canyons. Unlike traditional road marathons, the nature of mountain terrain creates new objective hazards, obstacles, and is ultimately more challenging – physically and mentally. That said, it’s still way better than pounding pavement. Slithering through aspen lined ridges, gullies, and meadows, where the average elevation is above 8,000 feet, racers have the added challenge of elevation if they make a move for trail running glory.

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The Natural Path: Meet SCARPA’s new Marketing Coordinator Tristan Hobson

Aug. 22nd 2013

The outdoors has always been a part of Tristan Hobson’s life, so why ruin a good thing? SCARPA’s new marketing coordinator grew up playing in the woods and backpacking before he could walk. He knew how to snowboard before he could write in cursive, and could tie into a rope and place an ice screw before he had a college degree. So, it was only a natural path for him to land a job in the outdoor industry. We sat the freshman down for a quick chat about his months on the job, and got his take on becoming part of the SCARPA family.

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Pete Tapley and Scott Adamson Establish First Free Route on East Face of Moose’s Tooth

Aug. 20th 2013

*Photos by PeteTapleyImageWorks and Scott Adamson

SCARPA athlete, Pete Tapley is a professional mountain guide and climbing instructor out of Bozeman, Montana. Over twenty years of experience lend a hand to Pete’s impressive instructing and climbing resume. For the past eight years, Pete has worked with Montana Alpine Guides and Andes Mountain Guides. He also contributes photography and written work to Alpinist, Backcountry, Climberism Magazine, and others.

Despite frigid temperatures, Scott Adamson and I established the first free route on the East Face of The Moose’s Tooth on April 14th. We climbed the 5,000-ft. face in a single, 27-hour push.

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Climbing for Bugs: Majka Burnhardt uses Climbing to Conserve Wildlife

Aug. 16th 2013

Professional climber and SCARPA athlete, Majka Burhardt, along with professional climber Kate Rutherford, are taking a hiatus from their typical climbing routines to advance a cause that ironically, presented itself to them through their passion to climb. The two women have started a Kickstarter campaign to fund a research mission on East Africa’s Mozambique Mountain to find new species of insects and reptiles, and build a conservation plan with local conservationists to help protect and preserve “one of the world’s most precious biodiversity hotspots”.

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How to Train on a Campus Board

Jul. 18th 2013

Want to strengthen your hand, finger, shoulder, and contact strength? Then you should start training on a campus board. In this video, SCARPA athlete Mercedes Pollmeier goes through the basics of beginner campus board exercises and proper technique.

If you’re sick of summer revisit this post from Team Crested Butte on how to train for randonee racing.

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Climb on with SCARPA’s premium climbing shoe, the Boostic

Jun. 27th 2013

When dangling from a rock wall, hundreds of feet above the earth’s surface with nothing more than a harness, ropes, and some bolts, there’s nothing more vital than having full control over your next move. This is where the SCARPA Boostic comes into play. This professional rock shoe designed by Heinz Mariacher, provides toe power and precision in vertical and overhanging terrain. Intended to provide maximum edging and maneuverability, the Boostic features SCARPA’s Vibram XS Edge for ultimate grip and durability. Combined with a stretchable upper made with micro suede and leather, the Boostic is an easy-on / easy-off shoe that fits most feet types. Additionally, the SCARPA V-Tension active rand pulls tension from the forefoot backward to provides you with the power and accuracy needed to make your next move without experiencing pain.

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Chris Davenport and The Centennials Skiers Continute to Ski 47 of Colorado’s 13,000-ft. Peaks

May. 23rd 2013

SCARPA ambassador  Chris Davenport is an icon in the world of big mountain skiers. He’s skied everywhere from the LHOTSE face of Mount Everest to the Antarctic Peninsula. He’s appeared in over thirty ski films and holds two World Extreme Skiing Championship titles. Davenport has made numerous first descents and skied hundreds of classics. When not skiing (which, by the way, is very rare) he commentates on ABC Sports, ESPN, and Outside Television, delivers professional lectures to businesses on risk management, and spends time with his family in Colorado. Davenport was also named one of ESPN’s 50 Most Influential People in Action Sports. In addition, he’s even written two coffee-table books: Ski the 14ers and 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America. In short, Davenport has a glittering ski resume—and has no plans to slow down.

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Bringing (Back) Climbing: Starting a Community Climbing Initiative in Wyoming

May. 21st 2013

SCARPA athlete and professional climber and coach, Alli Rainey, recently ventured off the beaten path to investigate rumors of an impressive bouldering wall at a wellness center in Thermopolis, Wyoming. Not only did Alli confirm the rumor, she and her husband Kevin spent several days working with the facility to update the walls and plant a seed to grow a climbing community in this small town.

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Retailer Shout Out: New York’s Rock and Snow

May. 16th 2013

In 1982 a young climber named Rich Gottlieb started covering lunch shifts at a small climbing shop called Rock and Snow in New Paltz, New York. Back then, it was only a part time gig. Fast-forward thirty years, and he’s in charge of one of the most long-standing, independent climbing shops in North America.

Opening its doors in 1970, Rock and Snow was the baby of Richard “Dick” Williams, a member of the “Vulgarians” climbing contingency – an infamous group of savvy, scalawag counter-culturists who found glory exploring the Gunks’ vertical wilderness in the 1960s. Rock and Snow quickly became the place for climbers and backpackers to find gear, beta and partners for the Gunks.

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