Realization Gets 5th Ascent Americans have a reputation for not traveling but for U.S. climbers the one place they don´t seem to mind going is Ceuse in France. On the 3rd September Ethan Pringle snagged the 5th ascent of Realization (f9a+), becoming the third American to climb it after Chris Sharma (1st ascent) & Dave Graham (in July this year – see news report here>>). Other ascents have been by Sylvain Millet (who lives in nearby Gap) and Patxi Usobiaga(Spain). Source: BigUp blog>> Scarpa Team Weekend – Videos & Report Last weekend saw the British Scarpa team meet up at The Mountain Boot company´s (Scarpa UK distributors) HQ in Newcastle all in the name of shoe development..or so the press release says. Top names included Andy Earl, Dave MacLeod, Malcolm Smith, Dave Birkett, Lucy Creamer, Steve Dunning, Mark Katz, Leah Crane and John Dunne to name but a few. With so many top names a lot of climbing (and partying) occurred and you can read a great overview of the weekend at Andy Earl´s blog and see some videos from the weekend on Scarpa´s YouTube site

Some of the Scarpa team with personal filmcrew at Kyloe-in-the-woods. Photo C. Matheson