SCARPA Team Updates

SCARPA Team Updates

Welcome to our new monthly blog where we bring you all the news and updates from our team of athletes.

This is the place to find out all about the amazing things our athletes have been up to from First Ascents, to competitions and races.

June 2024 

Olympic Qualification for Molly and Erin

After a long qualifying campaign we now know who will be taking part in the Climbing events at the Olympics. We are proud to say that amongst the pack are two of our SCARPA UK team. Molly Thompson-Smith and Erin McNeice both secured their places at the final qualifier in Hungary.

Qualifying in style - Erin finished the Budapest Qualifier in 3rd place - with Molly in 13th which secured the pair's places in Paris.

First Ascent for Matt Helliker 

‘Race’ E9 7a ( first ascent) - Matt Helliker has put down another first ascent down in Cornwall. Here is Matt's thoughts on this new trad route.

"Technically I guess you could say it’s the hardest trad route I’ve done, adding in the 8a/V11 boulder start to then move on up and left away from the safety of the pads and the raised block they’re are sat on.

Next another committing boulder to the first gear placement, a small number 2 wire placed horizontally and a 0.3 Z4 in a broken quartz vein, which I can’t say is bomber! I ripped off so many holds and feet working this thing that my trust in the rock above ‘RAD’ was definitely lacking."


Arrival of the Birds FA - Aidan Roberts

Aidan Roberts in with another First Ascent: Arival of the Birds is Ticino. Here is what Aidan had to say no putting this one down.

" a return trip this spring saw a magical afternoon of speckled sunlight illuminating the hillside across the valley. Having sought the sensation of climbing perfection, finding flow on previous projects brought effortlessness but always with slight, yet tangible errors in execution. Enough to question whether such moments have been at my limit. Yet this one was unique. In my best suited style, a special attempt saw my mind clear and my method without fault, yet still my body redlined as I neared the top. A deeply exhausting try saw me stand above the valley as dusk broke. Birdsong echoed everywhere."


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