Climbing

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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At the end of 2017 Scarpa Athlete Uisdean Hawthorn spent 3 months touring Tasmania; climbing anything he could get his hands on and running up or through everything else- a relaxing holiday it was not. His highlight of the trip was tackling the famous Totem Pole. A 65-meter sea stack coveted by climbers across the globe.

Read on to get Uisdean’s account of the ascent.

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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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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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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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Climber Ted Kingsnorth takes us through a detailed account of his recovery from injury and some of the training methods he is undertaking in order to return to climbing at full strength. This guide focuses on footless training using a fingerboard and a variety of techniques including repeaters, one arm hangs, and max hangs, with Ted detailing a few fingerboarding regimes. This could be useful to those returning from a foot injury themselves or any climbers looking for a strength boost!

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Richard Bentley lives and breathes Ben Nevis,  running winter guiding, winter climbing, and ice climbing courses from his base in Fort William. This is alongside assessing summer and winter mountain leader courses year-round. Few know the routes on the Ben as well as him. Through the winter he runs training days with fellow mountaineering instructors, a vital part of which is considering the avalanche issues that can affect Ben Nevis. Here Richard give us some insight into the workshops he runs and an idea of some of the advanced challenges of route selecting you can face on this iconic mountain.

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