Who has the best job in the outdoor industry?

Our sister publication Backpacker magazine tracked down four industry insiders with cool jobs. Think your job is better?

Working for the outdoor industry ... well ... we're certainly not in it for the money.

But when you're out with friends or at an event, and someone asks what you do ... that's where one of the many payoffs come — they're jealous of your gig.

At Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2015, our sister publication Backpacker magazine highlighted these four industry insiders as those with cool jobs in our field. Check them out (photos by Andrew Bydlon):

>> Melissa Arnot is a professional mountain guide and world traveller and is the American women’s record holder for summits of Mt. Everest (five and counting). She owns a guide service, Infinity Expeditions, and also guides for other companies, including RMI Expeditions on Mt. Rainier. Click here to read more.


>> Brooklyn-based photographer Forest Woodward travels the globe in search of perfect moments, and his assignments have taken him from northern California to South Africa to Brazil. His client rolodex reads like a who’s-who of the outdoor industy: Patagonia, Black Diamond, Outdoor Research, CamelBak, Vasque, Petzl, etc. We asked him what it’s like having the kind of adventure-driven profession that most of us only daydream about. Click here to read more.


>> Technically, Eric Henderson’s title is Communications Manager for Salewa North America, repping brands like Dynafit, Salewa, Pomoca, and Wild Country but we know Hende first and foremost for the stoke he brings to every single thing he does. That’s why he has one of the best jobs in the outdoors. Click here to read more.


>> Chris Barchet is the category director for MSR’s winter and water products. “I’m basically captain of the ship for those categories, which include water filters, hydration products, snowshoes, ski poles, snow tools, etc.,” he explains. We asked the Seattle-based winter enthusiast 5 questions about what it’s like to have one of the best jobs in the outdoor industry. Click here to read more.


Think you have the best job in the outdoor industry? Email us at snewsedit@aimmedia.com and we'll add you to the list for Outdoor Retailer Summer Market.