History

La Sportiva Italy possesses a strong passion for the mountains and the environment this is why there is always a consciousness of what kind of impact the factory has on the outdoor world. By using a proactive approach to business La Sportiva Italy can critically check existing processes as well as do extensive research to develop ways of reducing negative impacts and creating the best possible product for its consumers.

La Sportiva owns and operates its own state-of-the-art factory in Italy. This small, 150 person, factory is truly an anomaly in today's footwear world characterized by hyper-competitiveness and extreme pricing pressures which have lead most modern outdoor footwear companies to the solution of outsourced production contractors. Our factory is located in Ziano di Fiemme, a small mountain village in the heart of the Italian Dolomites. The tradition and heritage of handmade footwear lives on in this magical alpine valley existing in the shadows of jagged limestone peaks and glaciated valleys where alpine masters such as Bonatti and Messner plied their craft.

 

2011 ASCENT AD - LA SPORTIVA - FOR YOUR MOUNTAIN


Photo Captions are listed Left to Right, and Top to Bottom

ROW 1:

1: Ron Kauk on Peace (5.13c), Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite, California. PHOTO: © Chris Falkenstein

2: Sandro Nerlsu on Mister Rase (8a). PHOTO: © La Sportiva Italy S.p.A.

3: PHOTO: © La Sportiva Italy S.p.A.

4: Peter Kamitses in Ceuse, France. PHOTO: ©Tim Kemple

5: Manolo "Take it or Leave it" (7c+/8a), Secteur Frimes, Verdon, France. PHOTO: © La Sportiva Italy S.p.A. 

ROW 2:

6: Adam Stack. PHOTO: © Ed Sampson

7: Ron Kauk on Horsetail Falls, Yosemite, California. PHOTO: © Chris Falkenstein

8: Roxanna Brock on Spring Break (5.11+), Ice Box Canyon at Red Rocks near Las Vegas, Nevada. PHOTO: © Michael Clark

9: Micah Dash on Burl Dog (5.13), Indian creek, Utah. PHOTO: © John Dickey

ROW 3:

10: 1920 La Sportiva Cobbler. The first "home" workshop in Tesero. PHOTO: © La Sportiva Italy S.p.A.

11: Vasya Vorotnikov on the first ascent of Jaws II (5.15a), Rumney, New Hampshire. PHOTO: ©Tim Kemple

12: Robyn Erbesfield in Verdon, France. PHOTO: © La Sportiva Italy S.p.A.

13: Heinz Mariacher. PHOTO: © La Sportiva Italy S.p.A.

ROW 4: 

14: PHOTO: © La Sportiva Italy S.p.A.

15: Sean McColl on Dreamcatcher (5.14d) Squamish, BC Canada. PHOTO: © Jamie Chong

16: 1960s: Cesare Maestri soloing in the Italian Dolomites. PHOTO: © La Sportiva Italy S.p.A.

17: Tommy Caldwell free climbing the Dihedral Wall on El Cap, Yosemite National Park, California. PHOTO: © Corey Rich

18: Colin Haley. PHOTO: © Colin Haley

ROW 5:

19: Beth Rodden on the first ascent of Meltdown (5.14c), Yosemite National Park, California. PHOTO: © Corey Rich

20: Randy Leavitt on Pumping Hate (13a), Clark Mountain, Nevada. PHOTO: © Randy Leavitt

21: Daniel Woods on Jade (V15), Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. PHOTO: © Steve Woods

22: Lynn Hill on Quinsana Plus (5.13a), Endless Wall, New River Gorge, West Virginia. PHOTO: © Jim Thornburg

23: Stefan Glowacz on Alien (5.12b), Yosemite Valley, California. PHOTO: © Uli Wiesmeier

ROW 6:

24: Jason Kehl on the Shield (V12), Little Rock City (STONE FORT), Tennessee. Photo: Dan Lubbers

25: Didier Raboutou Chouca (8a+), Buoux, France PHOTO: © La Sportiva Italy S.p.A.

26: Manolo. PHOTO: © La Sportiva Italy S.p.A.