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Flash Foxy, pictured here during their 2022 climbing fest in Bishop, CA., will get support from Arc'teryx; (photo/Vikki Glinskii for Flash Foxy)

Arc’teryx Pledges $5M to Boost Climbing Gyms, Diversity

The outdoor apparel company will give money to community-led climbing groups as well as training clubs for the sport’s top athletes.

After investing more than $600,000 in climbing over the last 5 years, Arc’teryx just announced a large expansion of its support for the sport.

The Vancouver-based company committed $5 million over the next 5 years. Money will go to groups focused on inclusion and others that nurture climbers at the top of their game.

“We firmly believe in those who create space for newcomers, as well as providing the resources which may be the tipping point to joining the next Olympic climbing team,” the company said in a press release.

Climbing remains the founding inspiration for Arc’teryx, the company said. That’s why it has offered an annual Alpine Academy in Chamonix for the last 10 years. The event includes workshops, clinics, seminars, and social gatherings for supporting athletes’ continued education.

Now, the company aims to serve the climbing community more “holistically.” That means investing in diversity as well as groups supporting professional athletes (though Arc’teryx did not provide examples of those organizations).

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More than 400 women and genderqueer climbers attended Flash Foxy’s 2022 climbing festival in Bishop, Calif., organizers said; (photo/Cheshire Li for Flash Foxy)

Arc’teryx Aims for Greater Diversity

Climbing groups based in a range of North American cities will see support through the initiative. They include Toronto and Vancouver as well as San Francisco, Chicago, and New York.

Several climbing gyms will receive money for events that bring in newcomers. That includes gym passes and free climb nights for marginalized communities like women, BIPOC, and queer/trans nights.

Gyms could also receive support for free memberships, both monthly and annually. And Arc’teryx wants to offer more transportation to climbing areas, free belay tests, and free or reduced mountaineering courses.

Climbing groups that focus on expanding the sport’s diversity will also get a boost. They include Flash Foxy, Colour the Trails, and Brown Girl Outdoor World. All three have received community grants from Arc’teryx “aimed at creating more spaces” for newcomers to access climbing, the company said.

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An award-winning journalist and photographer, Andrew McLemore brings more than 14 years of experience to his position as Associate News Editor for Lola Digital Media. Andrew is a musician, climber and traveler who currently lives in Cuenca, Ecuador, which he uses as a home base for adventures throughout the Americas. When he's not writing, playing gigs or exploring the outdoors, he's hanging out with his dog Campana.