Climbing

We recently caught up with Dan McManus about his finger injury, the lack of rest and how it affected majority of his climbing year. Read his account and what he has planned for, what will hopefully be, an injury free 2019.

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Scarpa athlete Eliot Stephens has recently returned from Vastervik, Sweden where he put his Instinct VSR’s and Furia S to good use. His desire to see everything and make the most of his trip, certainly led to an experience he will never forget.

“Trips like that don’t come around very often; perfect weather, great company and a load of new problems to go at every single day.”

Read on to get Eliot’s account of the trip.

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Women in Climbing

We are delighted to introduce the very talented Emma Twyford to the SCARPA Climbing team. Emma represented Great Britain for 8 years competitively before going back to her roots of bouldering, sport, trad and alpine climbing. She is one of the few female route setters in the UK with fellow SCARPA athlete and friend Evie Cotrulia. Together they have set up ‘Creative Climbing’ to bridge the gender gap in climbing and inspire more ladies into the industry by providing beginner workshops.

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When purchasing climbing shoes, the challenge at the end of the day is understanding what climbing shoe will work most effectively for what type of climbing you do the most. I would make one major point here:

You will NEVER have a climbing shoe that will cover ALL bases

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Now you’ve got to grips with what you like, you may want to understand more about every facet of the shoe; from the rubber to the closure system to the material we use to make the shoe, it all plays a part in its overall performance. Understanding this in more detail is what in many ways separates the amateurs from the pros.

Read on to understand the true science, nay art, of climbing shoe design, laces and Velcro!

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You’ve been climbing 6 months to a year in your first pair of climbing shoes and you’re now considering taking the next step. Your new friends down the wall or at the crag are filling your head with so much information on climbing shoes; what to get, what to avoid, which rubber is best…

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In this 4 part blog series Robbie Phillips- SCARPA athlete, climbing coach, motivational speaker and all-round nice guy- shares his insights into choosing and getting the most out of your first pair of SCARPA climbing shoes…

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Scarpa Athlete Yann Genoux is a full-time route setter working across the world at some of the world’s biggest climbing comps.

This year he is setting at the IFSC Lead World Cup in July, is Chief setter for the British Lead Climbing Championships in October and setting at the Nordic lead climbing championships in November.

We got a slice of Yann’s time to discuss his role setting at these competitions and touch upon some of his outdoor exploits.


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In a follow up to his recent ‘Fingerboard 101’ article, athlete Ted Kingsnorth engages us with a full and detailed account and guide of that other training tool for climbers- The Campus board.

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Evie Cotrulia is a woman of many talents: as well as being an excellent climber and a big part of Team Scarpa, she is determined to close the gender gap within the climbing industry. Alongside acting as fantastic role model for aspiring female climbers, Evie and her friend and colleague Emma Twyford have set up a new business, Creative Climbing. Creative Climbing’s goal is to provide workshops to teach route setting to women. The inaugural workshop was held in March with great success and aplomb.

Read on to find out more about the ideas behind the inception of Creative Climbing and a report on the first workshop and what the future holds for women’s route setting.

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