If that sounds difficult, just wait 'til you hear about the application and interview process. To apply, you must register online for an in-person interview at one of four remote locations in the US, Canada, or the UK. So far, registration is only open for the first of the interview events, which Columbia said will take place in the Mt. Hood Wilderness near its Portland, OR, headquarters. The other three interview locations will be announced and registration will open "in the coming weeks," according to a press release. As you may have guessed by now, the interviews are meant to demonstrate that you're tough enough to handle the job.
So, if squinting through roaring Arctic winds, blowing sheets of snow, and the icicles quickly forming right on your face -- and living what could be the greatest adventure of your lifetime in the process -- sounds appealing to you, then you know what to do. Just remember to take lots of pictures.