to Thrive at the @arcteryx Academy
🔑Know the values of the company and event.
+ As a company that encourages POC, particularly self-identified WOC, we like to partner with those that reflect similar values to BGC. Arctery’x reached out and this is what we’ve learned:
+ They value and promote diversity:
Alice Guss and her daughter, Dominique Nahanee from the Squamish Nation Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw opened up the event on Thursday night with songs and dances that appreciate the land, sea, and all of its inhabitants. In one of the stories, it was mentioned how we have one hand to give and one hand to receive which to me was a reminder that the land will always provide so long as we care and respect it and every living being first. It was also mentioned that we have one leg to kick and one leg to get kicked, which we interpreted to always stay grounded and close to your roots.
+ They find worth in proper and accessible education:
Typically for any sport, many people start out with experienced friends or at a gym, which can be intimidating. Even if you’ve never climbed outside before, the Academy has courses for every skill level ranging from gym to crag, advanced skills, techniques, and training at a fraction of the cost (~50% less)
🔑Do You Boo
+ When you’re constantly on the go, it can be difficult to remember to eat and sleep! GIRL, these are essential to survival! Any time we walked out the door, we made sure to grab fuel for the body and had our 8 hours of sleep to prepare for a better day of climbing. Rest and remember to listen to your body because it knows what it needs.
🔑Community is Key
+Find time to be with your crew. A lot of these festivals are overwhelmingly white. You can sometimes feel out of place. Leaning on each other is the best thing we can do at these events so we did a call out to our community and linked up with Belay All, an inclusive group fostering diversity in the Vancouver area!
+If you are going at it solo, these events can be nerve wracking. Our advice to you is to remind yourself that everyone starts somewhere and that you do belong. #arcteryx
What are your 🔑 tips in staying grounded at large events?