Raison d’être – Selling Out?

| July 26, 2008

Last summer I went to an all-day seminar by a woman who helped professional athletes promote themselves.  About halfway into her talk people were squirming in their seats at many of her suggestions and she said “I’m getting the impression that in the climbing and skiing world it’s not socially acceptable to promote yourself or your sport, so how do you guys (and girls) expect to make a living doing this?”  That’s a good question and is why many people guide, write, sell photos or become ski bums – it is very difficult to make a living as a full-time backcountry skier.  Sponsorship goes a long ways, but is miniscule compared to other sports.  I remember driving by a mansion in Rhode Island which belonged to a famous golfer and thinking what a financially poor choice becoming a ski mountaineer was.  Oh well..!

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My idea with advertising is based on the Google model of having free info and paid-for-content related, but clearly separated.  For instance a posting on navigation might have a link to a GPS unit I’d recommend from at the bottom.  It’s there is you want it, and if not, I can always eat Top Ramen.  :)

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Andrew McLean lives in Park City, Utah and is a gear designer, writer, photographer, ski mountaineer, climber, Mountain Unicycle rider and father of two very loud little girls.

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  1. Hacksaw says:

    Sadly, it will always be hard to make a lot of money off backcountry skiing.

    But, Andrew you are the first to try I guess. So, there are a lot more doors for you to knock on with oppertunitites then those that will follow you…

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