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John McCune


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I'm from Newry in Northern Ireland and grew up close to the Mourne mountains. I started climbing when I was 19 and got into trad. In Ireland, I ticked off many of the hard routes at Fairhead and in the Mournes, then started heading out to the alps to climb bigger Alpine routes. At this point, I thought a life working in the mountains could be fun and started working towards becoming a mountain guide.

I have always been very inspired by new routing and hard scary trad. I have added a lot hard first ascents across Ireland following soaring lines. Now I seem to do a bit of everything, but I still have a big passion for rock climbing especially in the mountains. I am currently living in Chamonix where I work as an IFMGA mountain Guide. I love my job as a guide leading clients up incredible mountains, and in the winter taking them freeride skiing, ice climbing, and ski mountaineering.


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Scarpa Little Terra kid's boot

If you don't want to put the kids off walking for life, then make sure their boots are easy on the feet. These little brown boots score big in that regard, and our junior reviewer has been keen to wear them everywhere from summits to school.

Scarpa Cyclone GTX Walking Boot

The Scarpa Cyclone GTX is a solid 3-season walking boot featuring a distinctive exoskeleton to give support and stability. It's been brilliant for rough moorland walks over the last few months, says Theo Moore, and feels like it will last another 10 years (or...

Scarpa Manta Tech GTX

Now in its seventh version, the Manta remains a benchmark mountain boot in the B2 category, and should equally appeal to mountaineers and winter hillwalkers. This is a robust and unashamedly chunky boot, says Dan Bailey, and while you'll find lighter models, and others...

Scarpa Kalipe

They are not the most technical approach shoe on the market, and their shallow tread could prove a worry on steep grass, but the Kalipe's...

Scarpa Spin Ultra

Offering generous levels of cushioning and support in a surprisingly lightweight package, the Spin Ultra should be equally at home on long...

Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX

A traditional leather mountain boot with modern refinements, Tom Ripley thinks the updated Mont Blanc Pro GTX would be a good choice...

Scarpa R-Evo GTX

"A non-techy walking boot that can eat the miles without chewing your feet up too, the R-Evo is built for comfort" reckons Dan Bailey...


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New Footwear Spring/Summer '21

In the absence of any trade show this year, we've created our own. Normally, shows tend to focus on products hitting the market in 6 months to a year, but we've asked brands to talk about the new kit available now. In this first round u...

Scarpa Manta Tech GTX

The Scarpa Manta has been an icon for over three decades. As a multi award winning model in various generations it has represented the "benchmark" in 4 season Mountain boots. Evolving over many generations, the new Manta Tech represents the 7th incarnation in a...

ISPO 2020 - New Footwear

We spent earlier this week catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than usual, this in no way detracted from the quality of the clobber on show and hitting the shops in the near future. Below is a roundup...

Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX

The Mt Blanc Pro is a warm and durable boot designed for technical mountaineering and winter climbing. The new Mt Blanc Pro is...

OutDoor 2019 - New Climbing Shoes and Footwear

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the...

The Scarpa Zero Gravity Collection

The Zero Gravity (ZG) family of product represents a new class of product for Scarpa, designed around a fluid and dynamic...

ISPO 2019 - New Footwear and Packs

The annual ISPO trade show, which brings the world's outdoor industry together under one roof (or a series of gigantic...


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