Arc’teryx New Vancouver Store Opening to Raise Funds for North Shore Rescue

Starting Friday, June 9th, Arc’teryx will be celebrating its Burrard flagship store grand opening in Vancouver with a week of events and festivities.

The weeklong event kicks off with a screening of ‘A Skier’s Journey‘, free snacks and a new Arc’teryx beer. Then on Saturday, the real grand opening begins with gift bags for the first 50 customers, product demos, prizes and giveaways.

 

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Throughout the week, Arc’teryx will be hosting clinics featuring Adam Campbell, Jordan Manley and resident senior outdoor photographer Angela Percival on topics like group running, mountain photography, and getting fit for the climbing season.

 

 

“The store will be geared towards providing engaging and relevant information to help assist and inspire outdoor enthusiasts,” says Arc’teryx Retail Marketing Manager, Stephanie Jamison. “The dedicated community area will be home to various tools and information resources, as well as being a space to host events, speaker series and invite local ambassadors to share their latest and greatest adventures.”

 

 

Arc’teryx will also be raffling off limited edition gifts to raise awareness and funds for North Shore Rescue. In 2017, Arc’teryx has raised over $2,400 for NSR through raffles and donation drives at its North Vancouver factory outlet and Kitsilano store.

 

 

“We value the services North Shore Search and Rescue offers the community and they know that they can come to us with any needs they have and we’ll do what we can to help,” says James Bronson, Arc’teryx Product Line Manager. “In turn, we go to them any time we need some product tested and they’ve always been extremely accommodating to our requests.”

Although not a formal partnership, Arc’teryx has been working with North Shore Rescue for over a decade.

“Having the right gear is absolutely essential and can literally make the difference between life and death,” says North Shore Rescue Team Leader Mike Danks. “More often than not, rescuers are parachuted into situations in austere conditions for long periods of time. Having the right gear allows you to focus on the task at hand, which is completing the rescue. The Dually Belay jacket has saved many lives in austere conditions and is a go-to as a quick fix for someone who is hypothermic.”

 

 

One of the largest and most active organizations of its kind in North America, NSR relies on volunteer manpower and resourceful fundraising to maintain its presence. To help the organization, Arc’teryx fills uniform orders in addition to allowing all members individual access to the pro program. Donated insulated jackets are used in the rescue stations and whenever possible, Arc’teryx contributes product toward fundraising initiatives.

“I’m always amazed at the dedication of Search and Rescue volunteers,” says Bronson. “Most of them have fulltime jobs and families and still find time to train and go out in the middle of the night to help complete strangers who are in need. It’s very humbling working such talented professionals. At Arc’teryx we see a real importance in ensure professionals have the right gear to get the job done, working with Search and Rescue teams is critical to achieving this goal.”

 

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