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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
After an eventful year climbing in Switzerland, Alaska, and Canada; prolific winter climber and Scarpa Athlete Greg Boswell sits down to talk to us about the upcoming Scottish winter climbing season. He discusses spotting unclimbed lines and offers a couple of tips for seasoned mountaineers and beginners alike.
Scarpa Athlete Di Gilbert has spent 17 weeks this year living at high altitude, working as an expedition leader and guide. She has worked on 3 expeditions in the Himalayas; Cho Oyu (8201m), Manaslu (8163m) and Himlung Himal (7216m). This is Di’s story from her time in Asia and her review of the Zodiac approach shoes along with the Phantom 6000 and 8000 boots.
During this difficult time our thoughts go first to Ueli Steck’s family and closest friends. However, because Ueli was also an athlete and collaborator who worked with us since the beginning of his career as a climber, we at SCARPA feel compelled to offer our own tribute to this unique and talented person.
As Winter comes to a close in Europe, many Mountaineers and Alpinists make the pilgrimage to Alaska. This month, Scarpa UK team members Greg Boswell, Will Sim and Paul Prentice will be flying to Anchorage with the aim of some new routing, Alaskan style!