Want to get paid to live the rad life? Old Man Mountain and The Robert Axle Project have you covered

Dream Job: How to Score $20K, a Campervan, and a Bikepacking Gig

Most of our staff would go to great lengths for $20,000, a van, and a 3-month road trip assignment. Sound good to you too? Here’s what to do.

Two mountain bike brands just announced they’re looking for the inaugural president of a secret society. What does that mean? Essentially, Old Man Mountain and The Robert Axle Project want to find the right wild child to tear around the Western U.S. for 3 months in a campervan making YouTube videos.

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Note: Example of van build by Carefree Camper Co. only. Actual ambassador van not pictured; (photo/Erik Fenner)

Stated qualifications include comfort with talking to yourself in public, love for riding bikes, and readiness to lead a very public “secret” society. If you have all three, get your pitch deck ready.

The two brands want to pay a new ambassador (or “president”) $20,000, kit them out with bikepacking gear, and send them off in a Carefree Camper Co. van.

All you need is a bike, a laptop, and “photo and video equipment” (got an iPhone?).

Key ‘Presidential’ Duties

The job is to create an eight-episode YouTube series about, essentially, riding bikes. From the sound of things, the ideal candidate will focus on fun first.

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On a 2021 Old Man Mountain company bikepacking trip; (photo/Erik Fenner)

“You can be fast,” Old Man Mountain and The Robert Axle Project said in a statement. “But the focus should be on enjoying the rides, the sights, and meeting potential inductees to the society. You are a content creator, so you have to be willing to take lots of breaks and re-ride sections to properly chronicle them for The Society.”

“The Society” appears to refer to a cohort of like-minded individuals to whom the brands can market.

Per the brands, each assignment for The Loam and Gravel Society should result in a 12- to 18-minute video. Presidential duties will also include other, shorter video tasks, plus social media and blog posts.

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(Photo/Eric Phillips)

Job Term, Riding Requirements, and How to Apply

The president’s term (read: the brand ambassador’s tenure) will run for 16 weeks — the 12-week trip, plus a 2-week buffer on each end. The brands don’t specify a timetable. But if you’re going to pull off the workload as specified, you’ll want to get after it before it gets too hot.

In addition to creating content, you’ll pull off multiday bikepacking trips and put in up to 20-mile days on singletrack. The application materials also specify that you’ll visit locations including breweries.

Go trail riding, make videos, write, and drink beer for 3 months? For apparently good reason, the society password is “huzzah!”

If you think you or someone you know is Old Man Mountain/Robert Axle Project brand presidential material, fill out the application by Wednesday, March 16 at midnight CST.

Be prepared to show off your social media accounts and wow the application reviewers with your bikepacking experience — and, of course, your captivating creative instincts.

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Sam Anderson

Sam has roamed the American continent to follow adventures, explore natural wonders, and find good stories. After going to college to be a writer, he got distracted (or saved) by rock climbing and spent most of the next decade on the road, supporting himself with trade work. He's had addresses in the Adirondack Mountains, Las Vegas, and somehow Kansas, but his heart belongs in the Texas hill country.