2017 Arc’teryx Climbing Academy in Squamish: Photo Recap

Turns out, it wasn’t just us. There were more than a few athletes, guides and participants who claimed this to be the best Arc’teryx Climbing Academy to date. A talented crew of climbers, the best granite on the planet and the most passionate and welcoming community allowed us to pull off four days of clinics, seminars, a mind-bending photo showdown and a few parties for the books.

Thanks to all those who joined us and helped to make this weekend one to remember! Here are just a few of our favourite scenes from the 2017 Arc’teryx Climbing Academy:

Janelle Smiley passes on her tricks of the trade at her Women’s Advanced Climbing clinic in the Squamish Smoke Bluffs. John Price photo

This year we decided to take a break from ascending and rappel deep into the Squamish canyons. Paul Mcsorely was kind enough to show us his favourite spots in his backyard. Angela Percival photo.

It’s not all serious. Climber Vikki Weldon and Arc’teryx Ascent Designer Brylee Geddis share a laugh at the Lead Sport Climbing clinic at Murrin Park. Ange Percival photo.

We also climbed a little… Ange Percival photo.

This year marked our first annual Squamish Exposed Photo Showdown, which matched up 6 pro photographers with 6 climbing athletes and 6 lucky members of the public to put together a slideshow in two days to show the best of climbing in Squamish. Mark Smiley photo

The winners of Squamish Exposed, John Price and Will Stanhope. Mark Smiley photo.

“It was such a blast to be out in Squamish shoot and climbing with some of the best folks in the game. Huge thanks to Will Stanhope & Pavla Breska for the energy, stoke and laughs.” – Squamish Exposed Winner, John Price.

The top three photographers from the Photo Showdown: John Price, Kieran Brown & Rich Wheater. Fraser Britton photo.

If we’re going to use these trails to access our favourite climbs, we need to put in a little work to maintain them. The volunteer trail building crew heads out to pay their dues. Fraser Britton photo.

The adaptive climbing clinic, led by the Canadian Adaptive Climbing Society. Grant Mattice photo.

Ines Papert teaching big wall systems on what she calls ‘the best granite our planet has to offer’. Polek Rybczynski photo.

Seems like a fitting place for an intro to crack climbing clinic. Polek Rybczynski photo.

Thanks for a great weekend Squamish! Check out the full photo album from this year’s Climbing Academy.