• Welcome to the Scarpa UK Blog

    Welcome to the Scarpa UK Blog

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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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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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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Di Gilbert, along with being a fantastic ambassador for Scarpa is also the Director of Skimo Scotland and knows more about the lycra clad pursuit than most. She’s planned and implemented Ski Mountaineering races for the past 6 years in Lecht, Glenshee, Glencoe and the Nevis range, and is a participant and supporter of the sport herself

Here Di gives us an overview of ski mountaineering racing and some insight into the foundation of this sport in Britain.

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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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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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Eliot Stephens joins the Scarpa team with a host of impressive projects from across the globe behind him, in locations such as Fontainbleu, Rocklands, and Ticino in Switzerland. In this introduction to the Scarpa Team, we find out Eliot’s plans for the near future as well as learning about his climbing heroes!

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