How Do Climbers Make Money

Climbers generate income through various avenues. Many participate in competitions and prize money that often accompanies podium finishes. Some climbers also secure sponsorships from companies seeking to partner with skilled athletes and promote their products or services. Furthermore, climbers can teach clinics and workshops, sharing their expertise with aspiring climbers while earning additional funds. Additionally, some climbers may publish books, articles, or videos about their climbing experiences and techniques, creating another revenue stream. By exploring these opportunities, climbers can pursue their passion while generating financial stability and recognition for their accomplishments.

Climbing Instruction and Coaching

Climbing instruction and coaching is a great way for climbers to make money and share their passion for the sport. There are many different ways to become a climbing instructor or coach, and the qualifications required will vary depending on the specific organization or gym you work for.

  • Certifications: Most climbing gyms and schools require their instructors to be certified by a recognized organization, such as the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) or the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA). Certification typically involves completing a training course and passing an exam.
  • Experience: In addition to certification, most climbing instructors and coaches also need to have a significant amount of experience in the sport. This experience can be gained through personal climbing, working as a climbing guide, or volunteering at a climbing gym or school.
  • Teaching skills: Climbing instructors and coaches need to be able to effectively teach climbing techniques to students of all ages and abilities. This requires strong communication and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to create and implement lesson plans.

Climbing instructors and coaches can work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Climbing gyms
  • Outdoor climbing schools
  • Private climbing lessons
  • Corporate climbing events

The pay for climbing instructors and coaches varies depending on the setting, the organization they work for, and their experience level. However, most climbing instructors and coaches can expect to earn a competitive salary.

**Average Salary for Climbing Instructors and Coaches**
Climbing gyms$20-$30 per hour
Outdoor climbing schools$50-$100 per day
Private climbing lessons$50-$100 per hour
Corporate climbing events$100-$200 per day


Climbers can earn money by writing about their experiences. They can write articles for magazines, newspapers, and websites. They can also write books about their climbing adventures.

  • Magazine and newspaper articles: Climbers can write articles for magazines and newspapers about their climbing experiences. These articles can be about a variety of topics, such as the challenges of climbing a particular route, the beauty of a particular climbing area, or the history of climbing.
  • Website articles: Climbers can also write articles for websites about their climbing experiences. These articles can be similar to the articles that climbers write for magazines and newspapers, but they can also be more in-depth and technical.
  • Books: Climbers can also write books about their climbing experiences. These books can be about a variety of topics, such as the story of a climber’s life, a guide to climbing a particular mountain, or a collection of essays about climbing.


Climbers can also earn money by selling photographs of their climbing adventures. They can sell their photographs to magazines, newspapers, websites, and stock photo agencies.

  • Magazines and newspapers: Climbers can sell their photographs to magazines and newspapers to illustrate articles about climbing.
  • Websites: Climbers can also sell their photographs to websites that specialize in climbing content. These websites may use the photographs to illustrate articles, or they may sell the photographs as prints or downloads.
  • Stock photo agencies: Climbers can also sell their photographs to stock photo agencies. These agencies sell the photographs to businesses and individuals who need them for a variety of purposes, such as advertising, marketing, and education.
Earnings potentialVaries depending on the publication and the length and quality of the articleVaries depending on the quality of the photograph and the demand for it
Skills requiredStrong writing skills, knowledge of climbingStrong photography skills, knowledge of climbing
ProsCan be a way to share your experiences with others, can help you build a followingCan be a way to capture the beauty of climbing, can help you build a portfolio
ConsCan be difficult to get published, can be time-consumingCan be difficult to sell, can be competitive

Expeditions and Workshops

Climbers can make money by leading expeditions and workshops. Expeditions are guided trips to remote climbing destinations, while workshops are shorter, educational events that are typically held at climbing gyms or outdoor climbing areas.


  • Climbers can charge a fee to lead expeditions.
  • The fee typically covers the cost of transportation, accommodation, food, and climbing gear.
  • Climbers can also charge for additional services, such as guiding, instruction, and photography.


Climbers can charge a fee to teach workshops.

The fee typically covers the cost of instruction, materials, and equipment.

Climbers can also charge for additional services, such as guiding and climbing equipment rental.

Type of EventCostsAdditional Services
ExpeditionTransportation, accommodation, food, climbing gearGuiding, instruction, photography
WorkshopInstruction, materials, equipmentGuiding, equipment rental

Thanks for sticking with me through this deep dive into the world of climbing and how climbers make a living. I hope you found it insightful and entertaining. If you have any lingering questions or want to dive deeper into the topic, feel free to drop me a line. And don’t forget to check back later for more climbing adventures and insights. Until then, keep your hands on the rock and your feet firmly planted on the ground. Cheers!