PRODUCT NEWS: Arc'teryx Alpine Academy 2017

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The sixth annual Arc'teryx Alpine Academy, which took place from June 29th to July 2nd, saw around 400 keen participants descend on Chamonix from all corners of the world. This one-of-a-kind event is like a festival of alpinism, where climbers of all abilities can hone their skills and just generally have fun, in a series of clinics run by a huge team of mountain guides and sponsored athletes.

Academy participants starting their day on the Midi arete, 112 kbAcademy participants starting their day on the Midi arete
© Hugo Vincent

Glacier skills in the Vallee Blanche, 163 kbGlacier skills in the Vallee Blanche
© Hugo Vincent

Making use of a variety of local venues such as l'Aiguille du Midi, the Aiguilles Rouges, the Mer de Glace and the Grand Montets, the packed programme offered courses focused on mountaineering, rock climbing, rescue, ski alpinism and, for the first time, trail running.

New for this year, the Academy also took over the town centre for several days, with an 'Alpine Village' that turned the busy Place Balmat into a buzzing hot spot open to everyone. The town centre event included open-air master classes, movie nights, live music, athlete demos, a bouldering wall and of course plenty of beer.

A team from UKClimbing and UKHillwalking took part in the event, eating our body weight in cheese while filming a series of essential alpine skills videos that we'll be featuring on the site soon.

Pete Mason of Chamex talks UKC's Nick Brown through safe glacier travel, 141 kbPete Mason of Chamex talks UKC's Nick Brown through safe glacier travel
© Dan Bailey

Moving together on moderate ground - an essential Alpine skill, 176 kbMoving together on moderate ground - an essential Alpine skill
© Dan Bailey

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