The Arc’teryx Academy Goes Digital

words :: Ben Osborne // photos :: Arc’teryx.

We’ve always been big fans of the Arc’teryx Academy. A series of workshops typically set in Squamish, BC, and Chamonix, France, the week-long festivals bring together athletes, activists, musicians, and climbers of all skillsets to hone their chops and celebrate the outdoors.

This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic hampering their ability to safely hold an in-person festival, Arc’teryx is taking a different approach.

Is there any better kind of distance learning?

“With the current public health environment, hosting an in-person Climbing Academy in Squamish like we’ve done in years past wasn’t an option for us, but we still wanted to engage the community we’ve worked so hard to build over the years,” said Jurgen Watts, Director of Brand Experiences at Arc’teryx in a recent press release.

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While nothing can replace hands-on coaching from some of the top climbers in the world, the lineup of workshops looks stacked—Sport Climbing Progression with Alannah Yip, Crack Climbing with Will Stanhope, Alpine Running with Eric Carter, and much more.

Along with the workshops, Arc’teryx is bringing entertainment to you with film premieres of As Free As Can Be and Makatea.

No crowds at the academy this year, but there will be plenty of learning.

For the icing on the cake, and perhaps the most important event at the festival, the Climbing Grief Fund will be hosting seminars and workshops.

Founded by climber Madaleine Sorkin, the fund aims to take the tough conversations surrounding grief and bring them to the forefront of the climbing community.

This year’s academy looks like a can’t-miss opportunity if you’re a climber (or an aspiring one), and we’re blocking out the dates in our calendar. Head over to the Arc’teryx site to learn how to register. —ML