Get out the chalk and block off the calendar because Arc'teryx Climbing Academy heads back to Squamish later this month.
The rock climbing gathering will take place from Aug. 24 to 28 at Pavilion Park. The event is open to anyone 18 and over with a valid ticket, which can be bought online. While different Arc'teryx events happen across the continent, this will be the 16th time the event will be in Squamish.
The Squamish community is part of who we are; this is our backyard,” said director of community marketing, Stephanie Jamieson in a statement.
The event has sessions on traditional climbing, bouldering, mountain running, safety, and sport climbing for all experience levels. Or those who have none at all. Climbing experts — including Emma Cook Clarke, Eric Carter, and Will Gadd — will be in attendance to help everyone grow.
“We hope participants come away from the Academy with improved technical skills, a stronger sense of community, and a renewed stoke for mountain adventure,” said Jamieson.
Helping more people get outdoors is also about creating accessible and inclusive spaces. This year, they have sessions that take into account intersecting identities. There are specific sessions for women, the LGBTQ+ community, and disabled people. They also have a couples session if participants find their "love on the rocks."
“The Academy not only provides participants with an opportunity to improve their skills and progress personally, but also fosters a sense of camaraderie and connection with others who share their love for the outdoors,” states an Arc'teryx Academy press release.
Attendees are expected to come ready with some basic gear – like chalk, a harness, and climbing shoes – which varies by session. A full list of needed gear can be found online.
After spending the day climbing and connecting with nature, the Academy is hosting a concert series. Dirtwire, Too Many Zooz, and Perel will all be there.
This year, all proceeds from the event and its merchandise will benefit local organizations, including Indigenous Life Sport Academy, Tsleil-Waututh Nation School, and the Squamish Access Society.
“We look forward to celebrating our shared love for the outdoors and hearing inspiring stories from athletes and friends every year,” said Jamieson.
Find out more on the event's website.