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Directors of Toughness
Columbia Sportswear employs 2 intrepid adventurers to travel the world, test their gear, and share their experiences with storytelling and photography. Seriously. Google it.
I had to apply. I scored a second interview.
Columbia wanted to keep it interesting... Candidates were given short notice to be on Mount Hood, Oregon for the next interview. No further details were provided. Due to a friend's destination wedding and my rural location, this would require some logistical prowess.
Travel Itinerary (rigorous)
DRIVE » SLC to Driggs, ID FLY » Jackson Hole, WY to SLC FLY » SLC to Portland, OR DRIVE » Portland to Mt. Hood DRIVE » Mt. Hood to Portland FLY » Portland to SLC DRIVE » SLC to Jackson Hole to pick up car, return to Alta, WY
I wanted to be prepared. So I brought ALL kinds of gear and gadgets. None of which I actually needed.
I bought a plane ticket to Portland and waited for the big day...
ENTER IF YOU DARE
I arrived early for my 2:30 interview at the Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood. I had no idea what to expect. I waited in a room with 9 other candidates as they disappeared one by one...like the Hunger Games.
Finally it was my turn. After a brief interview on camera, I was handed a map and a backpack.
UP UP UP Still don't know where I'm going or what will be asked of me.
Ok...NOW I'm close.
Interview on a glacier: complete!
Nowhere left to go but down!
Oh hey, guys!
Race Michael up this boulder
Let it be known that Michael, of Columbia, is a formidable opponent with excellent style. I lost, spectacularly.
Cheers to Columbia and the opportunity to experience the toughest interview of my life!
Now we wait...