• Welcome to the Scarpa UK Blog

    Welcome to the Scarpa UK Blog

We take a look back to August 2017 when Nathan Phillips and fellow Scarpa Athletes Tara Hayes and Hamish Potokar spent a couple of weeks out in the South African Sunshine climbing and helping to produce this film for Scarpa UK with Supreme Odyssey.

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Scarpa Athlete Uisdean Hawthorn has just arrived back in the UK after 3 weeks in the Revelation Mountains, Alaska. Uisdean and his climbing partner Tom Livingstone had one main target for the trip the unclimbed 3800ft North Face of Mt Jezebel.

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Scarpa Athlete Tom Grant skis mountain sides so steep that a fall would be fatal and where avalanches and falling rocks are an ever-present threat. Previously we have interviewed him on the Scarpa Blog; detailing his groundbreaking first descent of the Caroline Face on Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak.

Featuring in the ‘Winning Mentality Podcast’ and interviewed by his friend Charlie Boscoe. Tom describes in personal detail that steep ski down the Caroline Face as well as what drives him to push his limits and the boundaries of ski mountaineering.

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Welcome Will Jackson to the Scarpa Team! Will is a regular Lakeland climber and is well know for his route-setting prowess travelling up and down the country setting at venues such as Mile End London and Durham Climbing Centre.

We got some time with Will to welcome him to the Scarpa Team and get the inside line on route-setting in the UK.

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Dan Mcmanus is a climber with a wealth of experience climbing in Yosemite National Park, especially on EL Capitan. In past trips Dan has free climbed El Capitan via Freerider, partner-free -in a grueling 22 hours. Last Autumn he headed back to the USA to take on ‘The Shaft’ on the Muir Wall of El Cap with Maddy Cope, here’s his account of his trip to the big wall in California.

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Scarpa UK Athlete Uisdean Hawthorn is a mountaineer and keen mountain runner. He recently completed what is likely a speed record for a winter traverse of the Cullin ridge. On his feet were a pair of Scarpa Ribelle Tech OD’s paired with some Grivel G20’s. Read on to hear more about his achievement and we will take a deeper look at Scarpa’s radical, new mountain boot.

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Last Weekend saw Team Scarpa competing in the CWIF 2018 at the Climbing works in Sheffield. Michaela Tracy, Matt Cousins, Nathan Phillips, Dave Barrans and Hamish Potokar all put in great performances and are looking strong for the coming world cup season. Here we’ve gathered together some images, video, and reaction from the athletes to reflect upon what was a great weekend for British comp climbing and Team Scarpa!

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This weekend is the CWIF 2018; one of the UK’s top bouldering comps attracting some of the best climbers from across the country and abroad to compete at The Climbing Works in Sheffield.

Scarpa will have a large homegrown contingent this year including Michaela Tracy, Nathan Phillips, Matt Cousins, Dave Barrans, Gaz Parry, and Hamish Potokar. They will all be hoping to match or better their fantastic performance last year.

It’s also worth keeping an eye out for some Scarpa international Athletes like the brilliant Jerneij Kruder.

Here we have a quick preview of the comp with the Scarpa UK team who are all buzzing for the big event.

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Recently arriving back from an incredible 3 weeks in Chilean Patagonia, completing some new big climbs. Our Athletes Will Sim and John Mccune have some smiles on their faces after living out an expedition that was conceived last year on a drizzly autumn day in Llanberis. In this article, Will Sim gives us an account of some of the dream climbing he and John experienced over in South America.


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Di Gilbert, along with being a fantastic ambassador for Scarpa is also the Director of Skimo Scotland and knows more about the lycra clad pursuit than most. She’s planned and implemented Ski Mountaineering races for the past 6 years in Lecht, Glenshee, Glencoe and the Nevis range, and is a participant and supporter of the sport herself

Here Di gives us an overview of ski mountaineering racing and some insight into the foundation of this sport in Britain.

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