Arc'teryx Presents: On The Verge

Arc'teryx Presents: On The Verge

In the mountains behind the sleepy coastal town of Powell River, BC, a small group of rock climbers has spent decades quietly pioneering routes on some of the largest granite walls in Canada. As the last stands of old-growth trees harboured in these valleys come under threat of logging, the climbing community faces the uncertain future of a place that has come to define their lives and legacies.

Confronted with the decision to fight for these last ancient trees and potentially lose access or look away as the valley is stripped for timber, On The Verge is a snapshot of outdoors culture in British Columbia. The way we reconcile industries that give us access to the wilderness with the destruction they cause. The desire to protect our backyard but keep it for ourselves at the same time. The importance of these places to the people who have shaped them and been shaped by them in return.


  1. פלי 7 on December 6, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Amazing. Incredible. Stunning. Beautiful. I’ve just summarized 95% of the comments for you.

  2. Entertainment by Darrel on December 6, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Doubt I will ever even make it there in my life. Maybe for a woman. Lol

  3. Josiah Jenicek on December 6, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    The Government needs to make a law not allowing any tree over 500 years old to be cut.

  4. JourneymanHuman on December 6, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Hey, Powell River! More bits of the old home town, exposed to the world. It’s August, time to be picking blackberries along the pole line road, along with the black bears. And snorkling in the sunwarmed ocean. Best place to grow up on the planet.

  5. The OM Sound on December 6, 2020 at 8:14 pm


  6. Mi on December 6, 2020 at 8:17 pm


  7. Michelle Xu on December 6, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    my mom works at Arc’teryx

  8. Russell Cunningham on December 6, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    SUPERB film. Just superb. Its my deep hope that this outdoor industry is truly the catalyst for finding harmony between our capitalism, and wilderness preservation values.

  9. Alex Collins on December 6, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    This is amazing, so powerful. I lived in Whistler BC for 2 years, and this rings close to home.

  10. Cormac Ó on December 6, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Its disgusting what we (human-kind) do to this earth. It is disgusting. I’m watching this the same week as the announcements about a 60% decline in wildlife populations in the last 50 years.

    Its a beautiful film and I understand the position of the climbers, but too many excuses are being made here for the logging industry that will profiteer from woods/ forests that cannot be replaced – the ancient old growth, that should belong to the earth and to all, not to any single landowner driven by avarice. Its not about saving a patch that coincides with a great wall, its about saving all old growth forests. Not just in British Columbia, but worldwide.

    Buildings are ‘listed’ and protected in many countries over a certain age, the same should exist for forests.

  11. Shaun Scandrett on December 6, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Great film. Hopefully they can partner with the province or BC Parks Foundation ( and save this pristine area.

  12. Green Hope Fund on December 6, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    Hello from the amazon, how can we stop this?

  13. Ken Hiett on December 6, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    Can you say "passive aggressive", boys and girls? These people pretend to support peace and then proceed to live out their activism vicariously through aimless unfortunates who riot, loot, burn, beat, intimidate, and kill on U.S. streets.

  14. Peter Winther on December 6, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    Wonderful people in this film 🙂 Love the spirit of nature and to find ways to preserve it. Money this paper and metal and now its digital numbers with out value. Wonder if the people in small societys could go to the stock market togther- If a small society start to save a montly sum of mony in 3 different categoy. And all the socyetys can se the development on the money. Find a house were people can meet and set ut a computer with the program from one stock market place who helps you to get started. Collect the people and start to save money. This idea come to me when I was saving money…salla amount a month…nothing happens 🙁 then I tought If i save whit some others then somthing will happen faster of course. Then I understood that where is all the mony whitout stop..In Find out a way so everybody can save som monthlu sum. Then find out what to save in what company in the stock market!! So insted of other peopel pacing my money I can learn to do it my selfe. So if we are a lot of people with good intentions we can do a lot with our joint nolages. This is an Idea not an answer to all moneyproblems but I am sick of all this big banks and companys who dictates all the rules. Small socyetys have to find ways to survive and find the place were the mony is so we can paly at the same level. Tanks for a beutiful film and the spirit of the love for the earht

  15. Lauren Aeva on December 6, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    I can’t believe this was 40 minutes! It felt more like 15 or 20. I don’t think I’ve ever been so immersed in a documentary before.

  16. surfinmuso on December 6, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    "Who can stand in the way, when there’s a dollar to be made" The natural worlds demise has become our entertainment. The tragic irony. Kiss it all goodbye, just a matter of time.

  17. Alfredo Cuéllar on December 6, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    Amazing forest! Very sad to see it get lost bit by bit.

  18. Benedict Matous on December 6, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Damn, maybe if Arc’teryx wasn’t such a wasteful company, there might be more trees!

  19. X_Orca on December 6, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Can someone please tell me what the music is called at the end of the film? It is soooo beautiful but I couldn’t find it…

  20. Rivereering on December 6, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Ah yes, another group with the luxury of being well off enough to be able to devote their time to killing other people’s method of earning living.
    You don’t care about the trees, you care about your playground.

  21. Bernadette Becher on December 6, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    I think photographers would love to come to your beautiful area.

  22. Richard Dobler on December 6, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    wow beautiful! my father grew up in Powell River in the 60’s and often hunted those areas in the 70"s. But he never mentioned the rock climbing potential.

  23. OutOfThisVan on December 6, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    Save the trees we’ll visit.

  24. Dan Danila on December 6, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    Canada still a colony, good only for selling raw materials, but the crying time is very close…

  25. seamaus on December 6, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    Mans hiking in crocs 32:57

  26. Carlos Barragan on December 6, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    the more human babies in this dirt ball the less wild spaces we have

  27. Rosemary Adamick on December 6, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    Thank you so much Christy for being the impetus behind this beautiful film! It brought back some lovely memories of our good times with you and Colin and the local climbing community in the beautiful campground you guys developed. Even though we are not climbers, this area is a great base from which to explore and hike the surrounding alpine, esp Emma Lake. I wish there was more we could do to save it!

  28. Ken Hiett on December 6, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    The people we see and hear in this video are the same ones electing and condoning politicians who allow rioters to run roughshod all over the northwestern communities. Arson, murder, brutality towards law enforcement, and total anarchy is acceptable because they don’t like the man in the White House.

    I used to respect these far left tree huggers on the other side of the political aisle, but now we know who they really are.

  29. GabuKaishi on December 6, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    Amazingly captured with a powerful message. Forestry isn’t the villain, it’s how it’s being done. Love this, thank you! (hopefully I can see this in person!)

  30. Jared Chester on December 6, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    I understand its just as bad for the forest to prevent anything from destroying them – fire mainly. Could not houghtful, strategic logging be a compromise to this? Great film by the way. If you like this one – you might also like the Patagonia Film about the Boundary Waters – advertisement/environmental activist film.

  31. S E on December 6, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    We seriously need to stop deforestation. Now

  32. Tim on December 6, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    30:16 they’re showing the difference of old growth and newer growth lumber but one is quarter sawn and the other flat sawn I really wish they didnt do something that dumb and shown apples to apples same cut of a log. It ruined the integrity of the film which I was totally behind before that.

  33. Dani Marie on December 6, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    Rock climbers are so bad ass.

  34. John Cluphf on December 6, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    How is it that we stopped using as much paper as we used to but they cut more. Not all houses are built using as much wood as they used to. Like what the hell? This looks like one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. It’s a damn shame they are killing it.

  35. Mark Rizkallah on December 6, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    You know in Japan they figured out a way to log without chopping down the tree. We should replicate instead of just destroying everything.

    How sad these beautiful old living trees get cut down for money and building. We are truly not worthy.

  36. Pickle Rick on December 6, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    Nice one

  37. Hugh Lutley on December 6, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    Superbly made documentary! I have plans to go climb in Squamish once the world settles down and I feel much more informed, thank you.

  38. idmarts1 on December 6, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    1000 years from now earth will be so different unrecognizable, sad. Because we have so beautiful now. And we have destroy so much already.

  39. The Rad Fems on December 6, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    Great piece, fully agree, there’s just one thing I wish I had heard someone say in this, which is: these last remaining old growth benches and corners are the last remaining reservoirs of biodiversity in the area, and losing them would not only have an outsize impact on the future biodiversity of the area, it would also likely have an impact on the productivity of the logging in the region. These trees are providing a large portion of the genetic material that is repopulating the valley bottoms where the industry is making its bread and butter money. They may also find that if they clear out the sub-alpine, the fog doesn’t hang in the valleys as long, and the trees take an extra ten years to mature; sometimes a nearby forest is all that is keeping a grassland from turning to desert, logging these last old growth trees may turn this uniquely productive zone into just any other zone.

  40. Brendon West on December 6, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Wow. Wow.. thanks to everyone involved in telling this story. 🤘🤘🤘 Climb on.

  41. Steve Novack on December 6, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Trees grow back. But that rock their drilling never will. People need to stop being hypocrites.

  42. James Campbell on December 6, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Very well done, just beautiful ! I`ve watched multiple times.There must be such a diversity of life in that secluded old growth forest. I understand both sides of the issue having grown up in Maine, a state dominated by the paper industry. Logging practices should change so that boreal forests & other old growth around the planet are not destroyed for profit.

  43. Beau Gerber on December 6, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    I knew the pilot of that helicopter. Heartbreaking.

  44. brkmrtn on December 6, 2020 at 9:02 pm


  45. Joel Mellon on December 6, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    Some day the Sun will Super Nova and all this will be gone. Enjoy it while it last.

  46. Teh Wever on December 6, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    You claim to love the area, yet when someone asks you about the best carpentry materials they can get, you still point them to the old growth…. clap. clap.

  47. audibleseekz on December 6, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    Gwaihir! Did I hear that correctly? What a dope name for a big wall. Truly a name for a legendary Windlord like Cad 🦅

  48. kiero1236 on December 6, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    Hopefully, in a few thousand years, when we’re all dead and gone, the trees will take it all back again.

  49. Mac Kinnon on December 6, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    Amazing natural wonder. Great footage… too bad the individuals speaking are such idiots.

  50. Fresh Aquatics on December 6, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Arc’teryx, I was on board until I realised you’re inadvertently supporting genocide in Burma.