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!
Wild Lines; the video featuring three of the UK’s strongest competition climbers, Nathan Phillips, Matt Cousins, and Dave Barrans has just been released. The Scarpa sponsored trio took advantage of some fair weather in Fontainebleau during 2017 to try some of the more radical problems in the forest. We got an insight into the video when speaking to Nathan and Matt recently. They gave us a detailed account of the amount of cheese consumed between climbs, as well as a couple of rock shoe suggestions for getting the most out of Font.
As we begin 2018 Scarpa UK has a few more presents to unwrap in the form of some new additions to our athlete team!
We’d like to welcome the first two new members; bouldering brothers Sam and Joe Lawson. Both have recently moved to Sheffield from the less than rocky Norwich. Sam and Joe are looking forward to tackling some more northern problems after reducing their commute to the crag. We also talk to the Lawson’s about their film-making projects and discuss what they’re looking forward to now they’re part of the Scarpa Team.
Alasdair Kennedy trains and climbs indoors at The Bristol Climbing Academy, he’s put together a few training tips for Scarpa UK, offering some key points to focus on and some ideas on how to keep in peak form over the winter months.
Alasdair is based near Bristol and a regular visitor to the Pembrokeshire Cliffs. Earlier this year he made an ascent of Charlie Woodburn’s Something’s Burning E9 7a at Stennis Ford and has a growing list of trad ascents.
The Maestro is a revolutionary new trad climbing shoe from SCARPA that offers stability for standing on small edges and yet has enough flex for smearing.
The Brand New Scarpa Maestro and Maestro Mid
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.
Matthew Phillips is a Scarpa supported athlete and an ambassador for Paraclimbing nationally and abroad. After achieving Gold at this summers IFSC Paraclimbing cup in Sheffield and having another successful year with the GB Pararclimbing Team – Matthew speaks to us about the last few months and encourages people with disabilities to get involved with climbing.
We caught up with Scarpa Athlete Michaela Tracy during the aftermath of last weekend’s Battle of Britain bouldering competition in Manchester. She gave us an insight into how she approached the final problems and how challenging a contest the BOB had been.