Scarpa North America Blog

This brings new meaning to fast and light …

Sep. 1st 2010

One of the key athletes involved in SCARPA’s 2010 redesign of its technical mountaineering boot line is Ueli Steck. In fact, Steck was super involved in giving design feedback that helped SCARPA achieve a new sole/midsole design that both increased shock absorption for walking while simultaneously increasing climbing precision – seemingly goals at odds.

If you pay even a little attention to the world of climbing, you probably know this guy gets after it and excels in all realms of the sport – hard rock climbing, alpine terrain at elevation, and just being fast.

Absurdly fast.

Anyway, here’s a video showing Steck’s speed ascent of the north faces of the Eiger, Grandes Jorasses and Matterhorn. And this gives you something of a sense of how comfortable this guy is in big mountain terrain, in order to be able to move this fast.

And did we mention fit? Yeah, he’s fairly fit.

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  1. Posted October 7, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Why not import to NA the boot Ueli is actually using on these types of climbs, the Phantom Ultra?

    • cclark
      Posted October 12, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

      There are many products that are in the global SCARPA collection that are not imported into North America. The Phantom Guide is very similar to the Phantom Ultra. The biggest difference between the two boots is the warmth… and the winter temps in North America tend to be much colder than in Europe, making the Phantom Guide a more appropriate boot for us North Americans.

      Pretty amazing though watching Ueli RUNNING up the mountain side, though, eh?

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