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The Arc’teryx Climbing Academy Begins

A full weekend of entertainment, clinics and competitions in Squamish

The Arc’teryx Climbing Academy will be taking place in Squamish from Aug. 26 to 28. Speaking at this year’s event will be several climbers, including longtime Squamish climber Tami Knight. For a schedule and more information visit here.

Clinics: Created specifically for the Arc’teryx Academy, we’ve teamed up with Arc’teryx athletes and Canada West Mountain School to host unique clinics taking place over 3 days. Each clinic is a full day of hands-on practical experience led by Arc’teryx athletes working closely with ACMG certified Instructors and Guides.

Events: Head down to Pavilion Park in downtown Squamish for two days of jam-packed action including athlete presentations, films and live music that you won’t want to miss. Head to our park programming page here to find out more.

Fix Old Apparel: Gear in need of repair or looking to trade in some gear? Arc’teryx will have teams on site facilitating simple repairs and product assessments, along with the chance to trade in your eligible gear for a 30 per cent trade in value.

Dyno Comp: Everyone loves a little healthy competition. Come down to Pavilion Park for an adult dyno competition. There are plenty of prizes to be won, so come climb and try your hand at the bouldering comp.

Squamish Access: As guests of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw, Squamish Access Society is committed to advocating for respectful stewardship of the cliffs and crags within the Sea to Sky region, to ensure continued access for generations to come. Learn more about SAS and their efforts to make the Sea to Sky accessible to all.

Tami Knight started climbing in Squamish in 1977 and was very active there until about 1985 when she decided that it might be smart to be less of a dirtbag. She started to draw cartoons about climbing in 1981 and was published in the late ’80s when she put together two comic books “Lies and Slander from the Coast Range” Vol 1 & 2. Five more books of cartoons ensued along with 10 years in Climbing Magazine (1994 – 2004) and an enduring gig in Alpinist Magazine (2002 to present). In 2003, she won the H. Adams Carter Literary Prize from the American Alpine Club. Tami will take the stage with SAS Board member 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

Timmy O’Neill is a professional rock climber, first ascensionist and public speaker. Following early speed ascents of Yosemite’s 3,000 foot El Capitan, O’Neill has dedicated his time to a life of international exploration and giving back through ‘adventure impact’ – the combination of outdoor adventure and social impact. He is co-founder and former executive director of Paradox Sports, a non-profit that integrates individuals with disabilities into outdoor recreation. O’Neill also volunteers as an ophthalmic tech, working on the African continent for the past 10+ years to assist in curing preventable blindness with CureBlindness.org. Hear from Timmy as he shares stories from his climbs and travels around the world.

Join Jimmy Martinello for adventure stories and imagery from around the world – from the Coast Mountains to the Himalayas, from Iceland to India – and beyond. Jimmy craves experiences that elevate his soul and seeks a deep connection with his friends and family that he shares the good times with. Join us for wild adventure stories, live music slideshows and a dance performance you don’t want to miss.

If you’re in the Squamish area, be sure to swing down for some of the festivities.