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6th Arc’teryx Alpine Academy in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc from 29th June-2nd July, 2017

North Vancouver, BC – The Arc’teryx Alpine Academy, the world’s largest alpine-education event, will take place in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc on June 29 – July 2. The world-renowned Academy brings together alpine enthusiasts, mountain guides and professional athletes to create a unique experience where beginners and experts alike gain alpine knowledge through top-notch clinics, seminars, social festivities and experience sharing. Public activities during the Academy such as seminars, concerts, movies and other activities are free of cost. The public is welcome and encouraged to join.
The Arc’teryx Alpine Academy is only global event of this scale with the aim of enhancing alpine education through direct interaction with mountain guides, world-class athletes and mountain experts. The annual event draws almost 400 alpine enthusiasts from 25 countries across the globe to Chamonix.

Serving as the hub of activity is the Arc’teryx Alpine Academy ‘Alpine Village,’ located in the Place Balmat in downtown Chamonix. The Alpine Village includes a free-to-the-public climbing wall, bouldering wall for all levels, GORE-TEX® Repair Center, and partnered activity pods where everyone can learn climbing techniques, mountain safety, outdoor cooking techniques – and win daily raffle prizes. Nightly concerts and Movie Night (on July 1) will crown these intense days. At the Alpine Village attendees will benefit from first-rate Master Classes by renowned athletes and mountain guides such as Ken Wylie, Tamara Lunger, Ines Papert and Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll. The Alpine Village provides a fun, festive atmosphere for attendees to meet athletes in person, sharpen their mountain skills and celebrate their respect of the alpine environment.

The four-day event kicks off on June 29th, with a special Mountain Clean-Up day. Attendees will work to clean trash from La Mer de Glace with a cadre of over 25 prestigious athletes including Will Gadd (Can), Nina Caprez (CH), Ines Papert (Ge), Brette Harrington (Can), Thibaud Duchosal (Fr) and Luka Lindi? (Slo). Starting on Friday, June 30th clinic participants will head into the alpine early in the morning and return to enjoy afternoon and evening festivities. All 24 clinics are led by athletes, world-class guides and mountain experts from around the globe. For the sixth year in a row, all clinics have sold out and are full to capacity.

The Arc’teryx Alpine Academy is made possible by support from: Chamonix Mont-Blanc, Natural Resort, GORE-TEX®, Suunto, Petzl, MSR, LYO Food and Peak Design.

For more information on the Academy, please visit chamonix.arcteryxacademy.com.

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