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Two Climbing Legends Visit Squamish, Don’t Miss Their Talks

Tami Knight and Timmy O'Neill will be speaking at the 2022 Arc'teryx Climbing Academy starting on Aug. 26

The Arc’teryx Climbing Academy will be taking place in Squamish from Aug. 26 to 28. There will be clinics, live music and live presentations from several climbers and photographers. Speaking at this year’s event will be two climbing legends: Tami Knight and Timmy O’Neill. For a schedule and more information visit here.

Knight started climbing in Squamish in 1977 and was very active in the area for years. She pushed the limits with fellow climbers, including Peter Croft, for years and made several impressive first ascents. She started to draw cartoons about climbing in 1981 and later published two comic books: Lies and Slander from the Coast Range, volume one and two.

Five more books of cartoons ensued along with 10 years in Climbing. In 2003, she won the H. Adams Carter Literary Prize from the American Alpine Club. Knight will take the stage with photographer Kieran Brownie to discuss the golden age of Squamish climbing, and what the current generation of climbers could perhaps learn from their approach.

Tami Knight on Exasperator 5.10c, with Peter Croft in August 1979. Photo by Pat Morrow

Along with the late Dean Potter, O’Neill was the first to connect three grade VI Yosemite climbs in a 24 hours and then broke the 10-year standing speed record of The Nose. He subsequently established first ascents on big walls from Patagonia to the Venezuelan Orinocan jungle. Potter is also the founder of Paradox Sports, a national organization dedicated to improving people‚Äôs lives by creating physical adaptive sports communities built to inspire and during his tenure as executive director he created a comprehensive Adaptive Climbing Manual and Curriculum, a world’s first.