Scarpa North America Blog

Five Questions with Delaney Miller

Nov. 14th 2016

From the quiet, well-kept streets of the north Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas, Delaney Miller has vaulted to national recognition as one of America’s top competition climbing talents. Her climbing accomplishments, which include seven sport climbing national championship wins (four junior, three adult) and two top-ten finishes on the World Cup Circuit in 2014 and 2015, have come alongside an impressive academic resume that includes valedictorian of her high school, near completion of an exercise and health science degree from Colorado State University, and a post-secondary Academy and team coaching program. After her busy final year in school in Fort Collins, Colorado, and globetrotting fall on the World Cup circuit, we’re incredibly excited to announce Delaney’s addition to the SCARPA athlete team for 2017. We caught up with Delaney to talk climbing, life transitions, and her new SCARPA partnership.

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SCARPA Phantom Tech: Unparalleled Performance

Nov. 9th 2016

Welcome to ice season people. Time to sharpen your picks and crampons. Time to get out and chase frozen pillars. And if you’re current footwear is looking a little ragged, it might be time to upgrade your boots. The new SCARPA Phantom Tech offers a whole new paradigm of performance for mountaineers and ice climbers. Lighter, warmer, and stiffer than any one-and-a-half boot we’ve ever made, the Phantom Tech climbs with incredible ease, precision, and comfort. Tested around the world by SCARPA top athletes, like Will Gadd, Gord McArthur, and Ueli Steck, this boot is ideal for places like Ouray, The Daks, Bozeman, Cody, and the Canadian Rockies.

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5 Tips For Early-Season Ice Climbing

Nov. 8th 2016

It’s inevitable at this point, we’ve got many months of wintery weather ahead. The colder nights and shorter days of fall remind everyone that soon–very, very soon–we will be playing on the worlds coolest, natural ice sculptures. Some start the pilgrimage early hunting for those first ice flows and hoping the next bend will reveal a hidden gem that has yet to be discovered. Others head to the crag to hang like puppets off their tools in rock caves and faces in preparation for the overhead icicles that will soon loom from above. Once you’ve experienced the movement of mixed climbing or the feeling of a one-swing stick, you’re likely hooked, literally and figuratively. Ice and mixed climbing is contagious and spreading in a winter environment near you!

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Westward Ep. 2: Adam Clark

Oct. 27th 2016
Adam Clark, Pro Photographer

Adam Clark, Pro Photographer

Flip open a ski magazine, any ski magazine, from the last 10 years, and you’re likely to find a photo shot by Salt Lake City-based photographer Adam Clark. He’s traveled the globe with some of the world’s top athletes and shot dozens of iconic frames in the process. But Clark may never have gotten the chance to be a photographer if not for a couple of Florida dentists that gave him a camera back in high school. Since then, the road hasn’t been easy, but Adam hasn’t taken a moment of it for granted. Watch all of episode 2 of Westward below.

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The New SCARPA F1: Light, Fast, Powerful

Oct. 25th 2016
The new SCARPA F1 in it's element. Photo: Louis Arevalo

The new SCARPA F1 in it’s element. Photo: Louis Arevalo

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The Best Ski Boots of 2017

Oct. 19th 2016

A quick flip through any of the major American ski publications this fall and you’re likely to find a SCARPA ski boot featured front and center. Yet again, gear testers from around the country fell in love with our boots from the new featherweight, yet surprisingly stout SCARPA F1, to freeride and backcountry category benchmarks like the SCARPA Freedom RS 130 and SCARPA Gea RS. SCARPA continues to push the boundaries of ski-touring product and the industry continues to respond with plenty of love. Need a little extra insight into your next boot purchase? Here’s what the magazine testers had to say.

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Alex Puccio: Comeback Queen

Oct. 17th 2016

For nine-time ABS National Champion Alex Puccio, the last two years have been the most trying of her career. After a nine-month recovery from a June 2015 knee injury she was climbing some of the hardest outdoor boulder problems of her career only to have a freak accident only weeks after a full recovery cause a disc in her neck to rupture. The neck injury would go undiagnosed by several specialists until an MRI, prompted by a shooting electrical pain in her arms during the 2016 Vail World Cup, revealed the severity of the injury. Now after another surgery and several months of rehab, Alex is back to near normal form, winning major comps and testing her limits outdoors. We caught up with Alex to discuss injury and rehab and the mindset it takes to keep coming back.

Alex Puccio Crown of Aragorn

Alex Puccio on Crown of Aragorn (V13). Photo: Joel Zerr

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Lifecycle of a Powderwhore: Westward Episode 1

Oct. 12th 2016
Scenes from Westward Episode 1.

Scenes from Westward Episode 1.

What started with a camcorder and a couple friends making hippy turns on freeheel gear in the Wasatch backcountry evolved into a 10-year run of the much loved ski film company for the every man, Powderwhore Productions. In episode 1 of Westward, Jonah Howell, one of the founders of Powderwhores, explores the roots and rebelliousness of the Whores, the dedication it takes to make a ski film each season, and the eventual end of the “company,” if you can even call it that. The Powderwhores may be gone, but they are not forgotten. Their celebration of the fun of skiing, especially when exploring the backcountry, can still be felt. Season 2 of Westward is proudly supported by Flylow Gear, Oskar Blues Brewing Company, Rocky Mountain Underground, and SCARPA. Watch the full video below. Then check out Jonah’s latest project Gear Gospel, an in-depth resource for all your backcountry gear.

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Explore Outside Your Comfort Zone

Oct. 3rd 2016
Lynsey Dyer learns mountaineering skills in Joffe Provincial Park, BC, from guide Julia Niles.

Lynsey Dyer learns mountaineering skills in Joffe Provincial Park, BC, from guide Julia Niles.

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Westward Season 2 Is Here

Sep. 28th 2016
Sunset over the Wasatch. photo: Adam Clark

Sunset over the Wasatch.
photo: Adam Clark

Westward, a web series supported by SCARPA, Flylow, Rocky Mountain Underground, and Oskar Blues Brewery, returns for another season of exploration into the lives and choices of some of skiing’s most interesting characters, Andrew Mclean, Jonah Howell, Adam Clark, and Louise Sanseau. Each has a unique story to tell about the passion and sacrifice needed to make a life in the mountains. Each will inspire you to fight for what you love and to not take a single day for granted, especially if that day involves deep snow, steep mountains, and good friends. Episodes drop all fall. Stay tuned for more.

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