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clmbnski


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Aid climbing being the most expensive(that would be my guess) of the rock only areas in mountaineering, I was wondering how devoted aid climbing bums pay for all their equipment and living.

I know that some of you work at higher paying jobs for most of the year and then climb when you have free time.

However,I am looking for the better way
Meaning that I would rather climb as much as possible and work only when I have to. (by work I mean slavery to a company. Climbing is also work but it is the work I want to do)

I have heard a great deal about the climber Chongo on this website and he sounds like he is a pretty good climbing bum,although I have never met him. Does Chongo work part of the year at a particular job? or does he just do odd jobs here and there?

I have also heard of people living out of their cars, but wouldnt it be hard to get a job if you have no address?

Right now I am in college, and planning to stay in just for the experience. But after graduation I cannot imagine getting a full time job and just working for the rest of my life.

Any ideas?
Chris


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Go spend a few weeks harvesting geaqr at the base of El Cap. You'll have a proper wall rack in a few weeks. Gear falls from the sky.

Tricouni Nail in the BH Needles is a great place to get free webbing and biners.

Verschneidung at Eldo is a good place to get free #3 friends.


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c'mon - get a little creative.....
here're some ideas to get you brainstorming:

1) substitute teacher (or full time if you're looking for more stability)
2) guide (NOLS, etc.) - probably requires a lengthy run at a guiding school, or many years of experience
3) teaching at outward bound type programs
4) work/teach at a climbing gym or outdoors/gear shop
5) win the lottery
6) marry someone independently wealthy
7) sell all redundant organs (lung, kidney....)
wait tables, etc. etc.



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Get some high profile, potentially fatal diesease/injury/disorder, then do some high prfile, potentially fatal stunt (how about free soloing the Nose?). Step three- write a book and make millions.


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Chances are you'll end-up like the most of us, working and wishing we were out climbing more.
If you are really serious about living the "climbing bum" life style, start very, very soon. You need to be willing to sacrifice just about everything. The later in life you start the harder this becomes.
Examnple, when I was 19 & single I routinely slept on the ground for weeks at a time, I would hitch everywhere and wear the same clothes for days just to save enough money to finish a summer in the Valley. Now, my life has "evolved" into relationships and responsibilities, all of which I love but all of them also keep away from from climbing to some degree.
Whatever you do, enjopy you climbing! whenever you can! Everyday, weekends or spuratic trips, ENJOY YOUR CLIMBING!


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Here are some of the tricks that allow individuals in Yosemite Valley to stay for the season without really working:

(1) work off season and save, save, save;
(2) sherpa loads to the base of El Cap and up the Death Slabs for a fee;
(3) hook-up with well-equipped weekend climbers and take them up A5 routes until they swear off climbing and give you all their gear;
(6) work for YOSAR (emergency hire pay is pretty good comparatively); and
(5) canning.

Other than that, try to establish residency in the Valley and then get a cushy job like working for Best Bet, YI, YA or some other part-time situation. What I did was be a ticket-seller for the Lee Stetson (a.k.a John Muir) shows work a couple of hours each evening, climb all day and meet the tourist girls at night.

Good luck.


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Go on welfare, Then take a on line school
(more money from well fare) Then, "hurt" your back.(UI) more money

get hit by bill gates's car then tell him you will settle on the spot.
If in the stated donate blood and sperm $$$$



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that is the last place I would think about this question and that is why I like it so much.


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Get through your schooling and get a job. Bank time instead of getting paid for overtime. Maybe work somthing out with your employer so that you can take time off when you want to.

Andrew


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[quote "hallm"]

What I did was be a ticket-seller for the Lee Stetson (a.k.a John Muir) shows work a couple of hours each evening, climb all day and meet the tourist girls at night.

Good luck.[/quote]

Is the Lee Stetson (John Muir) show still running? I saw it long ago. It was actually very good.

Kiron Kid


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Two words.

Rick Shaw

And you'll never have to worry about getting fit for anything.


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you could pretend to have a serious illness like say a brain tumor and need surgery. Say that you don't have insurance. Then play on the generosity of the climbing community and set up a paypal account for the donations. Then take the money and run.


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Prostitution.


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c4c wrote:
you could pretend to have a serious illness like say a brain tumor and need surgery. Say that you don't have insurance. Then play on the generosity of the climbing community and set up a paypal account for the donations. Then take the money and run.

Or, if a legendary climber gets hurt, you could set up raffle through various climbing websites to pay for it. When the legendary climbers insurance decides to pay, keep the prize money and don't hold the raffle either.

Works like a charm the way I hear it.


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angry wrote:
c4c wrote:
you could pretend to have a serious illness like say a brain tumor and need surgery. Say that you don't have insurance. Then play on the generosity of the climbing community and set up a paypal account for the donations. Then take the money and run.

Or, if a legendary climber gets hurt, you could set up raffle through various climbing websites to pay for it. When the legendary climbers insurance decides to pay, keep the prize money and don't hold the raffle either.

Works like a charm the way I hear it.

You are following my logic. [cough] tgreene [/cough]


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c4c wrote:
angry wrote:
c4c wrote:
you could pretend to have a serious illness like say a brain tumor and need surgery. Say that you don't have insurance. Then play on the generosity of the climbing community and set up a paypal account for the donations. Then take the money and run.

Or, if a legendary climber gets hurt, you could set up raffle through various climbing websites to pay for it. When the legendary climbers insurance decides to pay, keep the prize money and don't hold the raffle either.

Works like a charm the way I hear it.

You are following my logic. [cough] tgreene [/cough]

heh. fun to have a seven year thread revival move into subtle inside jokes. Good times, all.


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