I’m in the Montebelluna area of northern Italy, far from the alpine mountains (as central European distances go, anyway) and immersing myself in the business side of backcountry boots and shoes. Dynafit and Scarpa are my hosts. I’ll give Scarpa time first since I’ll be doing major Dynafit coverage over the next days due to their annual product launch (heading back up north to Praxmar, Austria for that, near Innsbruck). Today, the more traditional part of the alpine shoe business: That of climbing and hiking footwear.
Next visit to Scarpa we’ll check out the ski boot making, which is actually quite simple from a labor standpoint compared to mountaineering boots. Meanwhile, I’ve got to get some bloggin’ in the pipe for Dynafit as well! Fun stuff.
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WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.