Hi, I’m Aric Fishman! I’ve been on this beautiful journey of life since 1986, addicted to climbing for 15+ years, and now living in Thunder Bay, Ontario since 2007.
When I was a young teenager I got introduced to the amazing world of rock climbing when a portable wall company came to my high school and set up a climbing area for a day in the gymnasium…I spent the entire day on that thing and very quickly fell in love. I started spending all of my free time going to the climbing gym with my older brother and his climbing friends. It wasn’t too long after that I was taken outdoor climbing and my world was forever changed – I knew right away that I was an outdoor climber at heart and became absolutely hooked for life! Coupled with my desire to really learn, practice, and climb as much as possible, having a super solid crew of climbers also enabled me to advance quickly early on and better understand the technical systems; concepts; techniques; and safe practices.
Starting in the early 2000’s I’ve spent a substantial amount of time climbing throughout the province of Ontario, as well as the province of Alberta & British Columbia, the state of Kentucky, West Virginia, New York, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, California, Utah, as well as in Mexico and Israel. On average I spend over 200 days/year climbing my heart out & instructing as a certified guide while documenting it all along the way through photography & film. I am proud to be:
-The Founder and Lead Guide of Outdoor Skills And Thrills Inc. offering rock and ice climbing adventures and courses throughout Northwest Ontario.
-Author of ‘Thunder Bay Climbing: A Guide to Northwestern Ontario’s Best Kept Secret, the latest comprehensive 424-page rock climbing guidebook for the region.
-President of the Nipigon Ice Fest committee, Canada’s longest-running premier ice climbing festival.
Not only passionate about instructing and climbing, but I also love developing the climbing scene in the region by doing things like helping maintain/create trails, replacing old anchors, organizing community events, teaching modern climbing standards & environmental stewardship, and developing high-quality new routes of all grades and styles for everyone to enjoy! With over 40 notable F.A. & F.F.A’s under my belt (Bouldering V0-V7, Sport & Trad 5.5 -5.12c/d, Ice/Mixed M8-), and limitless rock to enjoy, I see no end in sight. To me, it’s all about enjoying and sharing the incredible life-changing benefits of climbing.
I’m super psyched to be part of the awesome crew at Flashed! It’s time to go climb 😉