11/01/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Chris Weidner: The Life Of Boulder Climbing Guides

Being a climbing guide rarely feels like getting paid to climb. It's dangerous work that leaves little energy to pursue one's own passion for the sport.

I cut my teeth as a rock and mountain guide in Washington's Cascade Range for five summers before I moved to Boulder in 2001, where friends landed me a guiding gig that spanned three summers.

The upshot of guiding is that every client on every climb is unpredictable.

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