"Whether I am guiding, climbing recreationally or working in some other capacity in the mountains is irrelevant. My individual risk management responsibilities will vary depending on the group and my role within it, however, the collective acceptable risk level for the trip must be met in similar ways". Marc Piché
Ryan Proctor is our Digital Community Manager and the person responsible for curating and creating the content of The Bird. Beginning his ski career at the age of 5, he is an Ontario transplant who has been living in Whistler for the past ten years. He joined Arc’teryx in 2010 and while he’s not a big fan of employment in general, “this job has been good so far."
Sat, 11/22/2014 - 10:34
Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:03
ACMG Ski Guide & Apprentice Alpine Guide Erica Roles was the 2014 recipient of the Arc'teryx ACMG scholarship designed to help guides on their quests to become Internationally Certificate Mountain Guides. She writes about the process of earning her certifications - and touches on life as a female guide (and mother) in a typically male-dominated industry...
Thu, 11/13/2014 - 22:48
I have been working on this route for a few years now with the goal being to create a multi day ski tour through the highest mountains in Norway. Five days of great skiing, one 2000m peak day including Norway’s two highest peaks, linked by the existing hut system. Everyday was between 1400-2000m of vertical gain while traveling 15-20km.
Wed, 11/05/2014 - 13:30
The entrance was small, roughly 15 feet wide and 10 feet tall. We ran in to check it out and at first it seemed very promising. There was a side passage glowing with the most awesome blue ice backlit by the sun. The cave was muddy and had a small creek inside. We followed the ice tube steeply uphill for about 100 feet until it terminated and we exited through a side passage onto the boulder field. Great lead and not the greatest disappointment. It was still a glacier cave after all.
Tue, 11/04/2014 - 13:26
As former ski racers, Arc'teryx athletes Christina Lustenberger and Izzy Lynch have both spent more than their fair share of hours lifting weights in a gym. But for adventure-driven individuals like these ladies, repetitive training programs and being stuck in the confines of a squat rack is only fun for so long. Just as the freedom of exploring the mountains ultimately drew them down their respective paths as mountain athletes, it has shaped the way that they prepare for their sport in each shoulder season.
Mon, 11/03/2014 - 16:30
The big faces in the Mont Blanc massif started to build up early this season, thanks to an unstable summer with cold temperatures and a lot of rainfall. By the end of summer, many routes that normally only form in colder autumn or winter air suddenly stood splendidly in a fading summer light. Above all the Grande Jorasses (4208m) loomed over the massif, unrivaled, her tremendous north face strewn with veins of daunting, glittering ice.
Mon, 11/03/2014 - 11:19
Currently, I like to spend my free time in a dark and lonely place that leaves me with open wounds and pain. For days, I have continued to beat my head ahead against the wall on a short piece of steep and perfect granite. It lies along the quiet Escalante River in western Colorado and is where I am addicted to traveling whenever I get a chance.
Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:07
Final stop - Turkey. This was the destination I was most psyched on. I was in Turkey last year for about three weeks for the Petzl Bolting trip and honestly, I love this country so much. The people there have a real respect to each other and it feels like they would do anything for you. The climate and the food are amazing and life is healthy, simple and ‘chill’. So far every thing is running smooth.
Tue, 10/07/2014 - 13:41
Cinemagraph photography is a little known style of image that takes advantage of digital displays. They are still photos that have subtle aspects of the image in motion; smoke, haze, fluttering fabric, running water, or the like.
Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:10
With rain constantly falling from the sky in our home of Squamish at the moment - reminding us that we do in fact live in a rainforest - it can be easy to forget just how amazing the past few weeks have been.