Dear Alpine: Internships?

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Hey Alpine,

My heart is in the mountains. Ever since I watched the sun rise over the Easton Glacier on my 6-day course this summer, I’ve dreamed of kicking my REI vest and nametag to the curb and picking up a rope and crampons. It’s time for an outdoor office. Other than my guided climb of Baker, I’ve hiked a few Colorado 14ers and summited Adams this past August. I know my climbing resume isn’t there yet. Do you offer internships? I want to get my Nepal Evo in the door now!

Sincerely,
Need Guidance on Guiding

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Hi Need Guidance,

You’ve brought your queries to the right place! While some guiding companies hire interns to help out behind the scenes and shadow trips, we don’t have a role like that at Alpine Ascents. In October, we start to recruit candidates for the following two positions for the coming summer.

First, check out our How To: Become a Guide blog post for a deep dive into the climbing experience,  technical skills, and certifications needed to guide at Alpine Ascents. If you aren’t quite at the standard to guide, but want to gain experience and work in the industry now, summer gear staff is the job for you.

The Summer Gear Staff team is responsible for the inventory, maintenance, packing, and logistics for all mountaineering courses, climbs, and expeditions. It’s a fantastic way to gain experience if you want to guide here! When recruiting new guides, we look for talent in our summer staff pool first – typically hiring 2 – 3 summer staffers as new guides for the following season.

The summer staff role comes with some choice benefits including pro-deal discounts for outdoor gear (now is the time to finally buy that climbing rack), opportunities to join summit climbs and courses, and mentorship opportunities from world-class mountain guides. You can find more information on the position and instructions about how to apply here. Think about it!

See You in the Mountains (and maybe Alpine Ascents HQ)
Alpine

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