​We asked photographer Chris Burkard to put together a list of extremes. From horrible infections to destroyed gear; customs scares and swimming in the frozen waters of the Arctic Circle, Chris' list runs the gamut of some of the most uncomfortable travel experiences we can imagine...  Words and photos by Chris Burkard ​ Hardest Approach To A Shoot › Read More
For the three days, the historic mountain town of Chamonix was once again the host town of the Arc’teryx Alpine Academy.   With so many great photos from the event and only selecting a handful for the event updates here on the Bird, we thought we would put together a little gallery along with the 2015 recap video.  Hopefully this will give you a little more insight into what goes on during the Academy. › Read More
It was easy to feel the emotion, dedication and pride felt by the athletes as they told their stories.  Both the silence and the cheers of the audience reflected the struggles and successes told through each athlete’s story. › Read More
Arguably the world’s most well known mountain town and rich in alpinism history, Chamonix is the perfect setting for mountain enthusiast of all levels to dial in or learn new skills in seminars and clinics taught by professional guides and athletes from around the world. › Read More
In wintertime, for many climbers, there is no other way to escape frosty conditions and head in the direction of the Spanish sun. Despite the fact that even in Spain weather can be quite fickle, starting each year in November, Cornudella de Montsant becomes a meeting place for those who want to keep their training momentum going and for anyone yearning for a moment of active peace. Sooner or later, every climber finds out that all roads lead to Catalonia. › Read More
Arc'teryx Staffer Sarah Stepec Reviews The Kapta Short
Words by Sarah Stepec. When I first came across the Kapta shorts I was looking for something that would allow me to comfortably run all distances. As an endurance athlete that spends a lot of time in the mountains, I had already pieced together a criteria based on a number of issues I’d been having. To sum this up, I wanted something that would allow me to focus on my performance and not what I am wearing. The Kapta Shorts have done good job at doing just that. › Read More
The idea was to encourage people to nominate a woman in their lives who inspired them to get outside and appreciate the natural environment that surrounds them. We were looking for positive role models that show us what dedication to an adventurous lifestyle looks like. › Read More
We have come to know the mountains and all of their varying conditions, so linking up some of the most stunning summits and cols seemed natural. The ‘Tour del Gran Paradiso’ covers it all so my twin sister Heike, Matthias and I would take up the challenge and assemble at 3 o´clock in the morning of the 9th of April. Our Goal: The ‘Tour del Gran Paradiso’ in a single day! › Read More