Presentations included a look back on Alannah Yip’s journey to Tokyo, short film Em, featuring Arc’teryx climber Emilie Pellerin’s latest challenge, “La Zébrée”, and the World Premier of The Alpinist film, honouring Marc-Andre LeClerc’s life and legendary pursuits in alpinism.

September 10, 2021

NORTH VANCOUVER, Canada, September 10, 2021 - Arc’teryx Equipment announces the conclusion of its Climbing Academy, having run from August 23 – 29 in Squamish, British Columbia. The 2021 Academy combined both digital events and pared-down in-person outdoor clinics.

Climbing, running, alpinism and bouldering clinics were held across four days with world-class guides and athletes participating. Additional activities throughout the weekend were hosted in downtown Squamish at Junction Park and O’Siyam Pavilion. The digital offerings included Life On Earth, an immersive virtual climbing experience on a multi-pitch route, taking you straight up the face of Mt. Habrich in one of the world’s most renowned climbing locations.

"After a challenging year, it felt especially important to bring the local climbing community together in our backyard. Celebrating our shared loved for the outdoors and hearing inspiring stories from athletes and friends has never been so meaningful, ” said Jurgen Watts, Director of Brand Experience at Arc’teryx. “Coming together for the debut of The Alpinist film and honouring our friend Marc-André in the company of his family and filmmakers was incredible.” 

This year for the first time, the Youth Climbing Academy took local youth canyoneering and rock climbing to culturally significant sites around Squamish. The two day Youth Academy, hosted in partnership with Canada West Mountain School and the Scarpa Mentorship Program, was designed to introduce climbing and canyoneering to a group of 20 participants from the Squamish Nation, the Indigenous Life Sport Academy and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in North Vancouver. “It was a real pleasure to see so many young people out in nature embracing the challenges of climbing with winning attitudes, grace and style. To be open to this often intimidating sport shows a great willingness to expand your view of what is possible,” said Paul McSorely, Arc’teryx guide and athlete.

The Arc’teryx Academy is a not-for-profit community event. This year all proceeds from the event and merchandise sales went to four organizations working to improve access and diversity in the outdoors: The Squamish Access Society, Indigenous Life Sport Academy (ILSA), Tsleil-Waututh Nation School, and Belay All.

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Arc’teryx is a Canadian company based in the Coast Mountains. Our design process is connected to the real world, focused on delivering durable, unrivaled performance. Our products are distributed through more than 3,000 retail locations worldwide, including over 80 branded stores. We are problem solvers, always evolving and searching for a better way to deliver resolved, minimalist designs. Good design that matters makes lives better.

About Arc’teryx Academies

Arc’teryx Academies offer skills-focused, guide-led clinics that enable and inspire participants to engage in the sports for which Arc’teryx designs products. The brand has hosted up to 1,200 people annually at the Arc’teryx Academies, which have been running for 13 years.