Chances are you spend most of your time thinking about climbing. When are you gonna go to the crag again? What time is your buddy meeting you at the gym? What kind of shoes should you buy next time? How can you change it from just being your hobby into making it part of your lifestyle?
Climbing has a ton of facets to it from the gear involved to access issues surrounding the crags. There's a slew of great jobs out there for people that want to work in the climbing environment and change climbing from their hobby into a full part of their life.
Climbing gyms are a great place to work. Setting routes, working at the desk or even working belay staff can help kick off a climbing industry career.
If you like selling and helping people with gear, then a great option is to work in one of the many bay area outdoor stores. REI, Marmot Mountain Works, Mountain Hardware and other companies are all based out of the bay area.
Dan Urban guiding climbing writer James Lucas up Moonlight Buttress
Spending time outside on the rock is another great option. Taking AMGA courses
will help you work into guiding at one of the bay area's local crags. There are a number of guide services in the Sierra and across California.
Helping with access issues and the bureaucracy surrounding climbing is important to the community as a whole. American Alpine Club
, who is looking for a California representative now. The Access Fund and other groups often have job openings.
The other option is to become a ROCK star. There are some professional climbers out there who make a living doing what they love. This may be the hardest option as it requires serious climbing skills and marketing.
Check out the options out there and make money through climbing.
Labels: American Alpine Club, Climbing Jobs