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Submission Guidelines

We work with writers and photographers from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience levels. The only requisite: You have a compelling climbing story to tell.

  • We’re open for submissions in a range of categories (see below). Make sure you know which category you’re submitting to and make that clear in the subject line of your email.
  • All submissions must be previously unpublished.
  • All submissions and pitches can be sent to queries@climbing.com.
  • We try our best to respond to all queries within 30 days.

Epics and Adventures

Did you just do the FA of the Southwest Ridge of Unnamed Peak in Unknown Land? Did you just totally bargle a should-have-been-casual ascent of the Standard Route at Local Ledges? If you’ve just had an epic adventure and want to write about it, we’d love to see your pitch.

Epic example

Adventure example

For Safety’s Sake…

Did you see something unbelievably dumb or dangerous at your local gym or crag? Send a short description (100 to 250 words) and we’ll do an analysis of the event outlining what was weird or wrong and what could have been done to fix it. Note: We reserve the right to edit your writing for style and clarity.

For Safety’s Sake… example.

Longform

Our feature stories generally run 1500 to 4000 words and often (but not always) have a photographic component. We’re interested in stories that give deep insight into people, issues, bold ascents, or climbing destinations. Topics can range from area histories to profiles of notable or unknown climbers, from controversial opinion pieces to quiet (or not so quiet) first-person essays. Humorous, unusual, and epic tales are always welcome.  

News

Heard about a big send, access issue, relevant political event, or climber who’s not on our radar but should be? Send a short but thorough pitch (250-400 words) summarizing the story, its importance, and why you’re the person to write it. Also consider photo support: Do you have photos? Can you source them?

Reader’s Corner

Have a funny, sad, or nostalgic short-form story to tell? We’d love to read it. Reader’s Corners are generally between 300 and 800 words and range in tone from the humorous to the absurd to the elegiac. Note: please submit the story, not a pitch. While we will work with you to edit accepted stories, we don’t take pitches for these since they live or die on the quality of their sentences and their storytelling.

Reader’s Corner example.

Skills

Got a tip to climb harder, safer, smarter, or with greater enjoyment? Send a short pitch explaining why climbers need this advice and how you plan on giving it to them.

Weekend Whipper

Have you taken a massive whipper and caught it on camera? Did you film someone else’s come-to-God moment and convince them of the value of internet stardom? If so, please submit your Weekend Whipper videos with a description of the route, why you fell, and any lessons you learned. Submissions should be sent to awalsh@outsideinc.com.

Photography

We’re looking for bold and exciting photos that tell a story about the energy, passion, and culture of our community. This includes everything from the crisp or awe-striking landscapes to portraits of the gritty, weird, and wild among us.

Photos should be submitted digitally via online gallery or FTP. Alternatively, low-res files can also be submitted via email, so long as you’re able to submit higher res photographs upon request. Please be sure to include caption information to contextualize your photo(s).

Thank you for your interest and support of Climbing. We look forward to working with you.