Mountaineering

Will and his friends ventured off to India with high hopes of mountaineering but heavy snow ruined their chances of that happening. Athletes know that not all trips go as planned but that doesn’t mean they still can’t be good. We just have to make do with what we have. Read Will’s account of his trip below.

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We invest a lot of money in our footwear so it makes sense to look after them. In this guide, we detail the best practice for cleaning and reproofing your boots with advice direct from the Scarpa UK team. Improving your experience with our boots and helping prevent sending your boots into an early retirement.

Read on for all the information you’ll need to keep your boots in tip-top condition all year-round.


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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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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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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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Next week is the 2nd Braemar Mountain Festival; a celebration of mountains in winter. With a host of talks, workshops and skill sessions it looks to continue as a fantastic addition to the outdoor calendar. In this blog, Guy Robertson gives us a sneak preview of his and Greg Boswell’s talk at the event.


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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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Last Thursday Greg Boswell and Guy Robertson made a first ascent of the six-pitch ‘Holy Grail’ on Slime Wall, Buachaille Etive Mor in Gencoe. They followed 2 pitches of Raven’s Gully before establishing a new line directly up the face and through the roof of the Great Cave. The Scarpa pair were ecstatic with what was a successful attempt on a long considered route. The icing on the cake was experiencing some of the best winter conditions a mountaineer can hope for in Scotland!

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Scarpa Expedition

Alpinist & Guide Will Sim embarks on his latest expedition this week. Heading into Chilean Patagonia aiming for the big wall that has been on his and his expedition partner’s minds since 2014. Here are Will’s ponderings on the brink of his trip.

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