My Internship Experience at Climbing

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Fede hangin in Rilfe Mountain Park with Ethan Pringle belaying in the background.Photo by Mike McCollum

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Victorian poet Matthew Arnold is quoted as saying that, “Journalism is literature in a hurry.” As the editorial intern here at Climbing, this is my reality. Unending, ever-changing piles of opportunity wait on my desk every morning; the work varies from editing the newest feature, to surfing the net for hours to find a lead for an online piece, to fact checking that rabbits or snakes are indeed the main inhabitants at Devils Towers National Monument -- all in the hopes of one day seeing my words in print!

So, if you are all about writing a piece at 6 a.m., only to see it published online two hours later, can lick 3,000 envelopes in a row for a reader survey, and can put up with endless heckling about your accent (Roman in my case), an internship at Climbing is for you! It’s not all fun and games, though: Out-of-office bouldering sessions at Redstone and repeated limestone abuse at Rifle take their toll. Positive energy and enthusiasm for the position will gain you a desk, computer, lots of great climbing partners, and a good working relationship with Gary, the UPS guy.

A word of advice: If you decide to follow the members of Climbing Magazine on their afternoon adventures at Rifle Mountain Park, don’t be overwhelmed by the high concentration of great climbers, and the limestone extravaganza you will find out there. Instead, bring your big-girlclimbing shoes, don’t be intimidated, relax, have fun, and get ready to send your first 5.12! And, if the meg team drags you to some mega- secret chosspile in the hills above town, bring a helmet and pretend to like it.

Bio: Federica Valabrega holds a PreMed degree from CU-Boulder and is putting her studies to good use observing the interesting traits and vocabulary of the American climbing community. Fede continues to work on her English language skills, absorbing such words as “psyched,” “sick,” and “rad,” hoping one day to share this enlightened American terminology with her Italian compatriots.