Ryan Proctor

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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."
Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:51
Words and photos from Pebbleshoo.com "We were stoked to finally get a pair of the Acrux FL shoes on our feet. We'd been seeing glimpses of them online and after using many different shoes over the years, these really had us intrigued.
Sun, 03/22/2015 - 09:00
The following moves are etched into my mind.  I remember scrambling for finger jams, peering down between my legs and seeing the distant piece of protection, trying to stuff in another cam, only to find it was too big, trying to shake out my arms, and forging ahead, hell-bent on getting to the anchor.  My world shrunk down to the only the most imperative things:  the slick, crystalline footholds underneath me, the feel of the bone-white granite, and the surging desire to push on.  I arrived at the anchor doused in chalk and sweat, tired to the core, and buzzing from the tips of my fingers to my toes. 
Thu, 03/19/2015 - 12:38
"Every ski trip begins with the best of intentions. Pick an epic destination, coordinate your crew, pack your gear and… prepare for the trip of a lifetime. It’s a fairly simple equation. 
Mon, 03/02/2015 - 13:53
Words and photos by Brette Harrington "In late January I hiked into the Torre Valley to climb a route on Aguja Rafael Juarez with Carolyn Davidson. Our bivy site was located just below Aguja Saint Exupery, a neighboring tower. On our first night the evening sun lit up Exupery’s Northwest buttress in golden light - my first view of Chiaro Di Luna, 750m 6b+.
Mon, 03/02/2015 - 11:11
Words and photo by Marc-Andre "No 's**t my pants' moments at all, but it was 'interesting' pretty continuously".
Fri, 02/20/2015 - 11:57
There's a scene in Frozen Titans where I am clearly really messed up. I'd pushed too hard for too long in horrible conditions, and entered into a sort of mental physical trash compactor zone where my options are decreasing with every minute I spend there.
Mon, 02/16/2015 - 13:39
It was Wednesday, just past midnight. A text from Arc’teryx photographer Angela Percival pops up on my phone: “Hi Pia! Heard you’re back on your skis, and that your knee is doing fine. What’s your plan the upcoming week? Can you come to Japan for a shoot this Friday?”
Fri, 02/06/2015 - 11:54
I had the opportunity to use this jacket while alpine climbing in various locations from the Coast Mountains of BC, the Cascade’s in Washington, and the Bugaboos in the Interior of BC.  Spending long days in varying temperatures and climates can be challenging, and having the right outerwear to get you through any situation possible is important. 
Wed, 02/04/2015 - 14:58
The suit... Yeah, that’s a funny story actually. It’s probably a $10,000 suit after everything it took to get it there. My brand new pants and jacket were unrecognizable after Sweetgrass sent it this guy in the US who built the light suits for Pep (Fujas) and I.  Pep had his right from the start of the trip, but mine showed up near the end because there were some shipping troubles or something and it was stuck in customs. One of the guys from the crew was on the phone everyday with customs before it was releases and rush shipped to Golden. They had to fly it in on its own heli to the lodge.
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 13:16
"Two days of rest helped ease the pain of my injured ribs and we returned. During the approach we kept on cracking jokes as we were in such high spirits that there was no room for fears or doubts. Highly motivated by my friends, I started climbing."