Feature Photo by Taylor Luneau
When mountain guide Betsy Manero first pulled on a pair of Roscoe Outdoor’s Hellroaring pants she immediately thought to herself, “Whoa, these pants are awesome!”
“They’re probably the best pair of climbing pants I’ve ever owned,” she said.
They were super light, but still wind resistant. They were comfortable. They had cool built-in features, like being able to roll up and cinch the cuff around her calves. They dried quickly. But most of all they fit.
In the same way that men’s pants are available in different waist and inseam lengths, “someone thought up that maybe women are also different sizes,” she said.
Roscoe Outdoor offers its women’s pants in both a curvy and straight fit. Betsy wears a curvy size two – a body type that is typically hard to shop for.
“A lot of climbing pants are too baggy,” Betsy said. “Or, if they’re not too baggy, you can’t move in them. I think the Roscoe pants are pretty flattering.”
Photo by Emma Longcope
Betsy is now on to her second pair of the Hellroaring pants. She put her first pair through the ringer, butt scooching over the Tetons’ craggy peaks and dragging them up chimney climbs in the desert. After patching her first pair several times, she sprang for a second pair.
And, like with her first pair, she wears that second pair in casual settings as often as during technical ascents.
“I’m the kind of person where I have a lot of pants, but I only have two pairs of pants I actually like wearing, so I wear them a lot – around town, climbing, hiking or anything,” she said.
Betsy got her start mountain guiding while she was in college. She helped with the in-house guiding service offered by her school. Soon another local guide service needed a woman to help out with an ice climbing clinic, so she did that.
After graduating, Betsy moved west and got a job with Jackson Hole Mountain Guides. She guides in the Tetons during the summer, in the desert around Moab in the spring and fall, and at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort as a ski instructor in the winter. She also teaches avalanche awareness courses to teens.
She loves seeing people begin to understand what they’re capable of. She’s motivated by the joy on people’s faces after reaching a goal that at the beginning of the day might have seemed totally unattainable.
Betsy also enjoys the fact that there’s no typical day for a mountain guide.
“Being a guide your life is constantly changing,” she said. “Even if you’re doing the same thing, you have different people and you guide differently.”
At times, working in unpredictable environments can be stressful, especially when peoples’ lives and wellbeing rest in your hands.
“You have to be really confident in your own decision making,” Betsy said. “Learning from other peoples’ mistakes and having a good mentor is really big.”
But she wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I tried to work in an office and I didn’t like it. It was the same thing over and over again,” she said. Plus the view wasn’t quite as good as the one from the top of the Grand Teton.
Photo by Emma Longcope