Climbing is a curious sport, if it can even be called that. If you were to try and nail down a definition of what exactly it is amongst individuals who participate in it, it would likely spark a heated debate. The reason for this is that it is always evolving and in a perpetual state of flux. Yearly the boundaries of what we imagine is possible in the climbing world are being broken.
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 company and job is the best."
Wed, 07/15/2015 - 14:03
Mon, 07/13/2015 - 21:48
The word ‘community’ gets used a lot when referring to small towns like Squamish and the people that inhabit such places as the Outdoor Capital of Canada. Community is also used to describe a group of people with similar passions regardless of geographical separation.
Tue, 07/07/2015 - 18:29
A black swan event is an incident so unlikely we don’t seriously consider it a risk, but when it does happen has a shattering impact. In retrospect a black swan seems obvious – “We should’ve seen it coming.” – but rationalizing it away doesn’t help us predict the next one.
Thu, 07/02/2015 - 16:31
“As we were looking for areas to fuel inspiration, we felt the landscape the Sea to Sky Gondola offered was a great fit. The combination of its access into the alpine for a new offering of clinics as well as a great backdrop, make it a great fit for the festival,” says Justin Sweeny, Arc’teryx Event Manager.
Sun, 06/14/2015 - 04:46
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.
Sun, 06/14/2015 - 03:28
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.
Sat, 06/13/2015 - 02:03
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.
Wed, 06/03/2015 - 10:44
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.
Wed, 05/06/2015 - 15:11
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!
Sun, 04/26/2015 - 08:40
Words and photos by Raph Slawinski