The fourteenth annual Arc’teryx Climbing Academy has come to a close in the beautiful climbing mecca of Squamish, British Columbia. After three days and three nights jam packed with rock climbing clinics, seminars, presentations, music and parties that carried out until the wee hours, it’s safe to say that a good time was had by all.
The town of Squamish and it’s dedicated climbing community were yet again the most gracious hosts, offering up some of the best climbing in the world with a scenic backdrop that we are lucky enough to call our backyard. Thankfully, our hardworking crew of photographers rappelled, hiked and ran around the clock to capture all of the action from this year’s event.
Check out a collection of our favourite moments from the Climbing Academy below, and find the complete album from the weekend on Facebook.
Before the Academy kicked off photographers were already hard at work for the second annual Squamish Exposed Photo Showdown. Photo: Bradford MacArthur of competitor, John Price.
This year’s Academy kicked off with an evening in memory of Marc-Andre Leclerc. Brette Harrington and Luka Lindic both spoke on their adventures and memories with Marc-Andre. Photo: Fraser Britton
The crew got right to it with our annual Trail Build Day with the Climbers Access Society of British Columbia and the Squamish Access Society. Photo: James Kim
The weather and views were perfect from the walls of The Chief for the Overnight Portaledge Clinic. These guys were treated with a visit from photographer John Price just as they were hitting the hay.
Talk about good service. Will Gadd was back in his typical full force and full grin to share his long list of crack climbing tricks. Photo: Drew Smith
Deep in the Squamish forest, Arc’teryx designer and professional climber JJ Mah took to the boulders to teach the Intermediate Bouldering Clinic.
Demonstrations always help. Vikki Weldon had no complaints getting things going for her Advanced Trad Climbing clinic on the weekend. Photo: Kieran Brownie
What Luka says, you do. The guy knows what he’s talking about! Photo: Drew Smith of Luka Lindic teaching his Alpine Climbing Systems clinic.
On Saturday night slideshows from were shown by six photographers to a packed crowd for Squamish Exposed. Tara Kerzhner took home the top spot with her team of Paul Greenwood and Kinley Aitken. Photo: Fraser Britton
Squamish knows how to party and Jon and Roy know how to put on a show! All of the live music over the weekend brought out huge crowds to tear up the dancefloor outside in downtown Squamish.
Literally every angle was snapped at this year’s Adventure Photography Clinic led by photographer Paul Bride. Photo: Gabriel Keroack
Ines Papert is always happy to hang out on the Squamish granite and share her knowledge about big wall systems. Photo: John Price
The best host. Thank you Squamish! Photo: Fraser Britton
Thank you to all of the clinic participants, rock guides, athletes, partners, volunteers and the entire town of Squamish for making the 2018 Academy a year for the books.
Photographers: John Price, Bradford MacArthur, James Kim, Julien Kenchenten, Drew Smith, Fraser Britton, Kieran Brownie, Gabriel Keroack