When I moved to Banff my original plan was to remain unemployed for the first six weeks in order to climb as much ice as possible. Upon arriving and walking around town I quickly realised that there were few places I could see myself working. Being a small town there were no rope access opportunities so I resigned myself to outdoor retail as I figured this line of work would be the most flexible with taking time off and potentially attaining a four day working week, meaning I could work four days a week and climb three. Not a terrible ratio of work vs play. Despite the -40ºC temperatures, I walked around town handing out resumes to a few different gear stores, all the while thinking it was normal for people to run errands and hang about outside in such conditions.