The Arc’teryx outlet Climbing Academy Returns for its 16th Year Bringing Climbers Together

he Arc’teryx sale Climbing Academy is the premiere festival for rock climbers in North America. Taking place in Squamish, one of the world’s best climbing destinations, the multi-day academy has been inspiring climbers for years.

Arc’teryx, a brand that is sewn into the fabric of North American climbing history, brings together industry leading athletes and creators to educate and entertain the thousands of people who participate. This year’s Arc’teryx Climbing Academy will take place from Aug. 24 to 27, and will include clinics, films and live music. If you’re a climber looking to connect with others in the community, then it’s the place to be in August.

One of the things that makes it so special is that it gives you the opportunity to learn from the pros in a fun and safe environment. The clinics range from learning intro trad skills with Quentin Roberts, to learning about bouldering from Michelle LeBlanc to practising advanced alpine techniques with Will Stanhope. No other event in the world brings the most elite and the newest climbers together in such an intimate way.

Imagine learning about rescue techniques from Sarah Hueniken, who’s not only one of Canada’s best winter climbers but also an ACMG alpine guide. Or how about learning to deal with your fear from Ines Papert, one of the best technical alpine climbers in the world. LeBlanc and Jordan Cannon will be sharing experiences in Brightness in the Blocs and Rockin’ Out: a Queer Climbing Day. And legendary mixed climber Raphael Slawinski will share his wisdom about how to continue climbing as you age.

While many people outside of the climbing community likely only know Arc’teryx online as a brand that focuses on high-end apparel and sleek packs, those in the scene know that Arc’teryx’s outlet roots are in hardcore technical climbing. They support some of the world’s most expert rock and ice climbers and their academies aim to improve the skills of new climbers. Among those who’ll be at the academy is top rock climber Vikki Weldon, who’ll be speaking at the premiere of the new Yamnuska film, which she stars in. Watch the trailer to the film below.

Among the other films showing are Sea to Sky Trail Series: Creating Space, Body of a Line, Wet Lycra Nightmare, and A Line Alone. The live music will include Dirtwire and Too Many Zooz. To see everything offered at the 2023 Arc’teryx Climbing Academy visit here.

The Arc’teryx Climbing Academy is one of North America’s best grassroots climbing events, one that brings the community together for a few memorable days. Be sure to check it out if you’re on the west coast at the end of August.