The Arc’teryx Climbing Academy is scheduled for July 14 to 17, 2016 in Squamish, British Columbia.

Now in its second year, the popular four-day climbing event expects to draw hundreds of climbing enthusiasts from around the world to learn new skills and scale legendary Squamish routes, while also providing attendees with a host of fun-filled extra-curricular activities to complement the weekend. 

The event kicked off at the O’Siem Pavilion Park in downtown Squamish on July 14, with a screening of The Enchanting Triple, a climbing journey through the Stuart Range, followed by a keynote presentation by legendary free soloist Peter Croft, and a live performance by one of Canada’s most popular indie rock bands, Yukon Blonde.

“I’m super excited to attend the Arc’teryx Climbing Academy and return to the granite of Squamish, the place where it all started for me,” said Peter Croft, master climber and early instigator of the Yosemite free soloing movement. “I’m really looking forward to catching up with old friends, making some new ones, and learning a thing or two!”

On Friday afternoon, the Sunset Speaker Series venue shifts to the elevated open air of the Sea to Sky Gondola Sun Deck for an intimate evening of presentations, films and music. International climbers, Jonathan Siegrist and Kate Rutherford will inspire with their stories of risk, failure, and success climbing around the world, then the Canadian premiere of the short film, Poumaka and live music by the Boom Booms, one of BC’s most beloved bands. 

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“From the expanded Sunset Speaker Series to the musical performances, from the educational seminars to the actual climbing itself, this year’s Arc’teryx Climbing Academy is rounded out with activities for everyone. There’s something fun for every interest level,” said Justin Sweeny, North American Sports Marketing Specialist for Arc’teryx.

On Saturday, the daytime festivities relocate to the parking area beneath the Stawamus Chief, the granite dome towering over the town of Squamish, for the annual SAS/CASBC Trail Build, the vendor trade fair, slackline demos, yoga and more. In the evening the action moves back up the mountain to the Sea to Sky Gondola Sun Deck for Sunset Speaker presentations by Arc’teryx athletes Paul McSorley and Ines Papert, Dave Allfrey’s Haywire and a live music set by indie band, Bear Mountain. 

Entry to all of the open-air evenings of speakers, films & music is free to the general public. For evening access to the Sea To Sky Gondola Sun Deck, $25 day passes (40 per cent off) and three punch unlimited passes for $75 can be purchased at the ticket window. 

For more information on Arc’teryx Climbing Academy clinics, schedules and the entire event please visit http://squamish.arcteryxacademy.com.

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