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By aaron davidson
From Denver, Co
Nov 30, 2010
looking to get sponsored but not sure where to start. anyone got ideas?

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By aaron davidson
From Denver, Co
Nov 30, 2010
dhayan wrote:
troll methinks?

lol

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By Helldorado
From Boulder, CO
Nov 30, 2010
You just have to be really, really good looking.

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By J.J
Nov 30, 2010
I'm really really good looking

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By Jon H
From Boulder
Nov 30, 2010
At the matching crux
JJ Brunner wrote:
I'm really really good looking


But do you climb V12 or 5.13c, that's the other really important part. Oh, and you definitely need to be into photography and have a blog.

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By J.J
Nov 30, 2010
No I don't. But I'm REALLY, REALLY good looking.

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By Tparis
From Pottersville,New York
Nov 30, 2010
fall foliage 5.7+ slab
8a.nu

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By aaron davidson
From Denver, Co
Nov 30, 2010
i can climb a 5 12 and i just started v 11 .

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By Mike Storeim
From Evergreen, CO
Nov 30, 2010
I'd say if you can get those 21 routes on your "to do" list ticked, the sponsors will be knocking at your door in no time flat.

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By Lanky
From Portland, ME
Nov 30, 2010
Contact a bunch of climbing-related companies instead of a bunch of randos on the internet. Ask those companies what they look for in an athlete. Do that stuff.

Also: lolnewb

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By Dr. Ellis D. Funnythoughts
From Evergreen, Co
Nov 30, 2010
You can tell Lenny any of your sport climbing prob...
aaron davidson wrote:
i can climb a 5 12 and i just started v 11 .

this belongs here: mountainproject.com/v/general_...

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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Nov 30, 2010
Bocan
Well first I'd probably get a todo list that has more than alot of climbs under 5.9. Not judging since my list is easy stuff..just saying.

Assuming this isn't a troll (which it looks like), you better just start climbing real hard, hang out with people that climb real hard, get your picture taken climbing real hard and yes...get a blog.

Oh enter alot of those gym comp thingies..they seem pretty popular with people that climb real hard.

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By D-Storm
Nov 30, 2010
Enjoying a misty day on top of the Bookmark on Lum...
Being a sponsored climber involves much more than simply climbing hard. You have to market yourself because you are marketing/representing your sponsors. It's about getting a *company* name and image into public awareness. Some spons'd climbers do it best by looking good and posing, others are good at getting along with people, shaking hands and giving clinics in addition to their talents it comes down to presenting yourself as a role model, someone people look up to and thus put more stock into the companies that sponsor you. I think Joe Kinder is a prime example. I've spent a bit of time with him, on and off the rocks, and he's as charismatic as a politician. He's very talented at climbing but he also seems to be aware that he's never "off the clock" in terms of his public image; it's like he's a diplomat for his companies. Even if you crank hard enough to be sponsored for those skills alone, you will still go farther in terms of sponsors and personally with good people skills. Good luck.

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By mcarizona
From Flag
Nov 30, 2010
What about beer sponsorship? PICK ME UP SIERRA!

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By David Appelhans
From Lafayette
Nov 30, 2010
Imaginate
Learn how to find climbs at North Table.

Step one: go to Golden.
Step two: Look east.

You're welcome.

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By Malcom-Kor 9000
From Eldorado Springs, CO
Nov 30, 2010
Here is my bivy on Land of Ra.  Great views!
I will buy you a power bar!

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Nov 30, 2010
rockerwaves
What would you be looking for from your sponsor?

I hear that A.D. productions is looking for a guy that fits your Mountain Project profile.

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By aaron davidson
From Denver, Co
Nov 30, 2010
haha its all good. i called mad rock and they want me to send in some videos, im also startin the blog, im pretty sexy so at least i got that lol.
dont worry im not upset with the haters im just tryin to make a career outta something for sure. if u got skill then why not ya know. thanks for the insight.

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By aaron davidson
From Denver, Co
Nov 30, 2010
Ok so mad rock contacted me and they want a climbing resume.

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By Lanky
From Portland, ME
Nov 30, 2010
aaron davidson wrote:
Ok so mad rock contacted me and they want a climbing resume.

Um. Congrats? Why do we care?

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By jmeizis
From Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 30, 2010
The Beginning of Mr. Clean (5.8) at the Barkeater ...
Can't tell if that climbing resume sentence was a question or a statement. They want to see what you've done. If you haven't done anything noteworthy then they will probably not sponsor you.

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By aaron davidson
From Denver, Co
Nov 30, 2010
JulianM wrote:
Um. Congrats? Why do we care?


you dont have to comment.

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By jon weekley
From Denver, Co
Nov 30, 2010
avocado gully
free solo moonlight buttress.

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By cjdrover
From Somerville, MA
Nov 30, 2010
Taken at MWV Icefest 2014.
Some climbers sell stuff merely because they are so respected for their accomplishments and/or skill that people want to use the same gear they do. Others sell stuff because of their image, like D-Storm alluded to.

So, sell us something. Either do something so badass that it will make me, in my vain efforts to do something badass, think that I need the same equipment as you, or convince me that your lifestyle is so awesome that I should want the same thing, down to the clothes you wear.

Realistically, you could either:

a) Free solo the NW Face of Devils Thumb
b) Steal Sharma's girlfriend

Do both and you might even get your own movie.

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By cheifitj
From Boulder, Colorado
Nov 30, 2010
Casual Route Pitch 3  Photo by Mark Cushman
Chris Drover wrote:
Realistically, you could either: a) Free solo the NW Face of Devils Thumb b) Steal Sharma's girlfriend Do both and you might even get your own movie.


Post of the day.

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By Mike Anderson
From Colorado Springs, CO
Dec 1, 2010
Here's my understanding of how it works....

If you are truly deserving, they will find you. Few are truly deserving.

If you're not, try to hang out with those that are...go on trips with them, maybe you'll get your photo in a mag spotting Dave Graham, or you'll make it into a climbing video "chillin' at the campfire". This will get you some name recognition.

If you have a gift for hyperbole and risk exaggeration, you could write the article about the ground-breaking trip that you and your bros (insert famous climber names here) went on. This give you the chance to over-grade routes you-would-have-sent-but-the-crew-wanted-to-check-out-a-new-area, and drop names of all the sponsored climbers you supposedly burned off. Go crazy with gratuitous product placement. This will make it clear to prospective employers that you have no soul.

Learn to give a good BJ or hand job...ask around at the campfire, I'm sure the other sponsored guys will have some tips. Get into the Trade show any way you can. Get a job as a janitor there if you have to. Go to all the climbing booths and tell them that you're there as an athlete from some other company, but that you're interested in expanding your operations. They'll assume you must be legit because they're too lazy/don't care. Your BJ skills will come in handy during the after parties.

And the most important thing: lie. Lie like crazy about all the sick routes you've put down. By the time people realize you're full of shit, you'll already have your foot in the door, and once you're in, you're in...it's like the mafia.

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