Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Arc'teryx Alpine Academy

The first ever Arc'teryx Alpine Arc'ademy took place in and around Chamonix (France) with 70 participants from across Europe taking part. Arc'teryx gave the participants the opportunity to embrace the world of mountaineering at a three-day Alpine ARC'ademy in Chamonix - June 8-10.
The Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix was the alpine base for this very special educational weekend targeted at anyone who is passionate about mountain sports and wants to improve their skills. Arc’teryx ARC’ademy staff of alpine professionals and people from the outdoor industry guided participants through a weekend of alpine exploration, including information about gear, activities, the environment and the dynamic nature of alpine sports.
Included in the event fee is the opportunity to test the latest alpine equipment. Arc’teryx athletes Ines Papert, Luka Lindic and others will support the participants and raise their awareness of personal responsibility, the needs and functions of alpine equipment, the physical challenges in high altitude, as well as the effects of the climate change on glaciers and mountain regions.The climbers, a mix of alpine beginners and skilled mountaineers from the UK, Switzerland, France, Italy, Germany and Scandinavia got stuck into a range of workshops covering topics including alpine climbing, high altitude mountaineering, mountain rescue, navigation in the mountains and an overnight bivouac.
Highlights included an ascent of the Arete des Cosmiques on the Aiguille du Midi led by top alpinist Nina Caprez plus an Overnight Bivouac Clinic, held at the Col du Géant (3365m), guided by leading climber Ines Papert and mountain guide Isabelle Santoire, which saw a group of 12 mountaineers spend a tough night out on the glaciers in poor conditions. The experience was made less spartan thanks to equipment provided by Hilleberg tents and Primus stoves and thanks to Trek’n Eat food.
Finally, 120 people attended the Movie Night event in Chamonix, watching a selection of cracking mountain films in the company of like-minded folk.
Along with Arc'teryx, the weekend was supported by Gore-Tex, Scarpa, Suunto and the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc.
If you like the sound of all that, the good news is that a second Arc'teryx Alpine Arc'ademy is scheduled to take place in Chamonix once more in 2013.

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