The #OmniTen effect…

Columbia OmniTEN

I’ve followed the Columbia #Omniten from the beginning.

I remember reading blog posts from original #Omniten about their trip together, how it changed them…brought them all closer together.  It was the kind of trip that inspired life long friendships.  The unique experience of that trip changed the careers, lives and relationships of those who were there.

I wondered if our group would develop that bond.  I wondered if I would be changed by the experience.  I wondered if the first #Omniten was unique.

I’m not the type of person who makes friends easily.  As an introvert, I will tell jokes and make superficial conversation to avoid making true connections with people.  Usually.  The outdoor community is different, the people are different.  Meeting people from the outdoor community face to face for the first time is a lot like visiting old friends you haven’t seen in a while.  Easy, comfortable, comforting, exciting, fun and mixed with a lot of laughter.  Meeting my #Omniten family for the first time was like this.

I will write more in the next couple of weeks about the trip and share some photos.  This was “the adventure of a lifetime”, as Eric put it.  For me personally it was a homecoming, it was emotional.  I’ve always dreamed of being able to take a group of good friends on a whitewater trip and show them why I love the river so much.  Even if I wasn’t the one guiding the trip, this really felt like the trip I’ve dreamed of.  I give credit to Columbia for putting together a stellar group of people and not just the #Omniten.  The people from Columbia that joined our adventure were all truly great people and added tremendously to the enjoyment of the trip.

Columbia OmniTEN

I haven’t floated the swirling currents of the river in over 5 years.  It felt good to drift along in the fickle current, to ride the eddie lines, to slide down the broad green tongue at the top of a rapid and bounce along the frothing, white-capped wave train.  I’d almost forgotten how much I love the sounds of the river – the trickling of waterfalls, the roaring of whitewater, the creak of the oarlocks and soft dip of the oar blades into the quiet, flat water.

I miss the river already, but I just might miss my new friends a little bit more.  I now know first-hand how the other group felt when they had to say goodbye at the end of their trip.  It’s bitter-sweet and filled with adventurous opportunity.

I hope to see you all again soon!

Testing Columbia’s Omni-Freeze Zero…

Being #OmniTEN has it’s perks.  One of the awesome parts of this experience has been the opportunity to dig a little deeper than usual into a brand’s technology.  Usually, I get to test one or two pieces from a company and give my opinion.  Columbia has sent us a pretty wide sampling of pieces hosting a collection of technologies.  The big focus for us, as Spring/Summer Omniten, has been on the Omni Freeze and Omni-Freeze Zero fabrics that are featured this year.

Columbia Omni-Freeze Zero Technology

Omni-Freeze Zero Products I’ve used…

Between the products that I’ve received as part of the OmniTEN welcome package, pieces I’ve asked to test and a couple of pieces I’ve purchased I have quite a collection of Omni-Freeze Zero products.  Here is the list of what I’ve worn:

Omni-Freeze Zero Technology…

Columbia Omni-Freeze Zero TechnologyOmni-Freeze ZERO is the culmination of a four-year development effort including Omni-Freeze, the short lived Omni-Freeze Ice and now Omni-Freeze Zero.

The basis of the technology is to use the sweat (moisture) we produce during exercise or in extreme heat to cool the fabric.  Omni-Freeze Zero fabric is embedded with thousands of little blue super-absorbent polymer rings that trap up to 300% more moisture than normal fabric then use that moisture to physically drop the temperature of the fabric for an extended period of time.

Excerpt from Popular Science Magazine about the technology:

“The human body already has a highly efficient cooling system: As perspiration evaporates, it draws heat away from the body. Wicking fabrics facilitate this process by distributing sweat evenly over the fabric, so that it dries more quickly. Despite devising cheats, such as menthol-like chemical coatings added to fabrics, companies have never actually improved upon the body’s natural cooling process. Designers at Columbia Sportswear have now made a fabric that does.

Omni-Freeze ZERO shot with a thermal camera

image taken with a thermal camera that displays, when it was moistened with steam, darker blue areas signify colder temperatures

The wicking polyester base of the Omni-Freeze ZERO T-shirt is embedded with thousands of 0.15-inch hydrophilic polymer rings (a men’s medium has more than 41,000 of them). As the base spreads sweat, the rings absorb moisture and expand into three-dimensional doughnuts. In order to swell, the rings require energy, which they gather as body heat. In tests, the shirt was up to 10 degrees cooler against the wearer’s skin than shirts made from any other material.”

Typically coupled with complementary technologies like Omni-Wick EVAP and Omni-Shade, these new garments are tailor made for adventures in the heat.

Omni-Freeze Zero Performance…

It’s hot in Phoenix, there’s no getting around it.  A clothing product that can cool itself sounds like a desert dweller’s dream.  So when Columbia sent me the first batch of Omni-Freeze Zero stuff I was anxious to try it out.

I decided to do the first test mid-day on the bike with a brisk 20 mile ride in the Trail Dryer Hat and Freeze Degree 1/2 Zip long sleeve shirt.  I didn’t sweat.  This told me two things: I need try harder and the light, breathable fabric with Omni-Wick kept me pretty dry.  Halfway through the ride I poured a little water on the headband of the hat and did feel some cooling, but it wasn’t significant.

Columbia Omni-Freeze Zero TechnologyLater, I took the Terminal Zero shirt out for a hike.  It was over 100 degrees and I did 6 hot miles on a rocky, exposed trail to work up a sweat.  I could tell that certain areas where the sweat was accumulating I could sense the cooling in the fabric.  I never really built enough sweat to get larger sections of the shirt to cool so I sprayed some water on my neck, shoulders and arms to give the fabric a little boost.  BAM…there it is.  Initially, there’s the immediate natural cooling effect you would feel in any shirt when you splash it with water, but then the fabric cools down and goes well beyond anything water would do alone.  Even spraying it with warm water, the fabric cools below the temp of the water.

There is a tipping point where the fabric saturates enough to activate the cooling of the material.  I decided to see if more water meant more cooling and later put on the Freeze Degree Long Sleeve shirt and jumped in the pool.  It was well over 100 degrees in full sun.  I got out of the pool and sat in the sun with the shirt on.  The shirt didn’t seem to significantly cool until it had dried out a little, then the technology kicked in and I felt a significant sensation of cooling where the shirt was touching my skin.  This cooling effect slowly dissipated as the fabric dried out.

Coupled with complementary technologies like Omni-Shade (50 SPF UV protection) and design features like a vented back panel (in some shirts), the clothing performs well outdoors.  I do feel like I was more comfortable on my warm weather hikes in the Columbia clothing I tested.  Like most technical fabrics, it doesn’t take much use to build up some stink, there’s something about tech fabrics that really amplifies body odor. The Omni-Freeze Zero materials are best used next to the skin so wearing something underneath defeats the purpose.

Room for improvement…

I’ve heard some complaints about Columbia having inconsistent fit and sizing with their garments.  That makes it difficult sometimes to order things online especially when you’re sort of in between sizes like I am.  I don’t think it’s so much that the sizing has been inconsistent as much as they sell different cuts and some styles are more fitted than others.  I found most of the sizing true to convention.

It would be nice to see Columbia develop an Omni-Odor Block technology of some kind.  All of the tech fabrics in athletic wear seem to amplify body odor and these shirts are no different.

Other than that, I like the styling, fit and weight of the garments.  I do wish they made the Terminal Zero in a black or dark gray color but I seem to be in the minority lately about acceptable clothing colors…and I like the blue.  There’s not a lot I would suggest beyond what they’ve done.  I think Columbia does a pretty thorough job in designing clothing that works well in the outdoors.

Bottom Line…

It works.  If you’re like me and you don’t sweat buckets when you’re exercising, you might need to add a little moisture to activate the cooling but the fabric works.  We did get free samples to test as part of OmniTEN, but I felt confident enough in the products after using them to purchase more pieces with my own money AND buy some for my wife.  A little cooling help in Arizona means an extra month or so of enjoying the outdoors before even Omni-Freeze Zero can’t compete with the heat.

 

More from The OMNITEN…

For more Columbia Omni-Freeze Zero talk…check out the reviews from fellow #OmniTEN bloggers Kristie, Eric and Erika.

Kristie:

“I decided to put my long sleeve 1/2 zip top on myself and throw Rainy in my Freeze Degree short sleeve top.  We then took a dip in the water, and it was instant relief and disbelief for me.  I felt unbelievably cool in the water, but once I stepped out of the water (after dunking my Trail Dryer hat in the water), I stayed cool for a couple hours without going back into the water!”

Eric:

coming soon!

Erika:

“Here is the main reason I’m in love with this shirt, it adapts to the temperature of my body, avoiding those too hot, too cold, moments so common in spring. I can put the Omni-Freeze ZERO long-sleeve shirt on and wear it all day comfortably from sun to shade.”

 

Winter Outdoor Giveaway – Week 2…

Week 2 of the Winter Outdoor Giveaway is here so you get a second chance at some awesome winter gear.

We’ve added a new entry option called Refer-A-Friend.  Use this entry option to score up to 10 bonus entries!  Here’s how it works:

After you enter using any of the options, a box will appear at the bottom of the widget that will give you a unique URL that you can share with your friends. For each friend that enters the giveaway, you will receive +1 entry into the giveaway. You refer up to 10 people.  Cool, right?!

Win lots of great winter gear

Entering is easy, just click on the entry options below to secure your chances.  The more you enter the better chance you’ll have to win this fantastic gear:

And don’t forget to show your support for our fellow outdoor bloggers who have put in considerable time and effort to pull this outdoor giveaway together.

What are you waiting for?  Enter the Winter Outdoor Giveaway now!

 
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Winter Outdoor Giveaway – Week 1…

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Let’s get this party started, folks!  Winter is upon us and you KNOW you want some fancy new gear to play with this season.  We had great participation last Spring and we’re hoping to give even more people a chance to win this time around.

Entering is easy, just click on the entry options below to secure your chances.  The more you enter the better chance you’ll have to win this fantastic gear:

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And don’t forget to show your support for our fellow outdoor bloggers who have put in considerable time and effort to pull this outdoor giveaway together.

What are you waiting for?  Enter the Winter Outdoor Giveaway now!

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NEW Winter Gear Giveaway starts Thursday!

HEY! It’s Winter Gear Giveaway time!

Winter Gear Giveaway

 

You guys remember last Spring, right…a bunch of us handed out piles of awesome gear!  Well, it’s time to do it again and we’ve got 3 weeks of killer winter gear giveaways starting this Thursday from:

You know the drill, we will give you tons of chances to enter.  The giveaways are even bigger this time around.  But don’t worry, you can accumulate entries over the week leading up to each drawing.  The more you enter the greater your chances are to win this fantastic winter gear.

Here’s what we have to giveaway this time:

Week 1

  • Backpackers Pantry Freeze Dried Meal Set
  • Teton Sports Trailhead Ultralight Sleeping Bag
  • GU Energy Packs
  • Patagonia Men’s Scree Shield Boots
  • Bottle Bright Cleaning Tablets by Clean Ethics
  • Klymit Sleeping Pad
  • Injinji Toe Socks

Week 2

  • Hillsound Crampons
  • Hillsound Gaiters
  • Chaos Sports Balaclava
  • GU Energy Packs
  • Hydrapack Day Pack
  • Bottle Bright Cleaning Tablets by Clean Ethic
  • Injinji Toe Socks

Week 3

  • Tubbs Mountaineering Snowshoes
  • Terramar TXO 3.0 Half zip top
  • Terramar TXO 3.0 pants
  • Terramar TXO 3.0 beanie
  • Black Diamond Trail Back Trekking Poles from The Gear House
  • JetFlow Hydration Pack
  • Eco Vessel Water Bottle/Filter
  • Chaos Sports Gloves
  • GU Energy Packs
  • Chaco Tedinho Waterproof Boots (unisex)
  • Bottle Bright Cleaning Tablets by Clean Ethic
  • Injinji Toe Socks

Stay tuned and DON”T MISS this giveaway!  In fact, if you subscribe to WildernessDave.com in the form at the top of the page you won’t miss a thing!  Just drop you’re email in and you’ll get all the updates straight to your Inbox!  It starts Thursday so GOOD LUCK!

Hydration Summit – Week 1…

Today marks the beginning of Week 2 of the Hydration Summit, a huge collaboration of 16 outdoor adventure writers discussing everything you ever wanted to know about hydration.  For those of you who have not visited the site yet, I thought I’d do a breakdown of some of the highlights of Week 1.

June 4th-

My first article hit the night before the summit went live because I wasn’t paying attention and didn’t schedule my publish date properly.  I crafted a full product comparison of the 4 top hydration reservoirs competing in the hydration system market today.  I focused on presenting the CamelBak Antidote, the GEIGERRIG, the Osprey/Nalgene Hydraform Reservoir and the Platypus Big Zip.  Each had their unique advantages.  Go check it out and let me know which reservoir design you prefer.

Paul posted his article comparing the nozzle designs of each system as well.  His review systematically focused on the Pros and Cons of each nozzle (bite valve) and illustrated the differences.  He also got feedback from other users so his article didn’t just present his opinion.  He compared the CamelBak, Osprey, GEIGERRIG, Outdoor Products, High Sierra and Platypus.

June 5th-

Katie presented a fascinating, and somewhat disturbing (Blowback!) article about techniques for creating water pressure in your hydration system in order to spray water from the bite valve.  She presented multiple techniques (some of which I have tried myself) but ultimately focused on the one true “pressurized system”, GEIGERRIG.  There are times when having the ability to spray water through your hydration tube is a very handy ability.

Hendrik gave us a nice little comparison review of 4 different hydration backpacks.  Not all packs are created equal and many are designed for specific activities, making them less versatile and more specialized.  Hendrik compared the Osprey Raptor 18, GEIGERRIG 1200, the GoRuck GR1 and the LAUFBURSCHE huckePACK and discussed the advantages and disadvantages of all of them.

June 6th-

Phil published an informative article explaining the dangers of cross-contamination when refilling your hydration system and how to avoid it.  He shows us the most common points of cross contamination are:

  • Dirty hands – Putting “dirty” hands in your mouth or eyes
  • Dirty nozzle – Contaminating your hydration system hose nozzle
  • Dirty reservoir – Putting “dirty” water into a clean hydration reservoir
  • Dirty hose – Touching a clean hose with a “dirty” one

June 7th-

Whitney‘s fantastic and informative article about hydrating in the backcountry gave us an introduction to what the potential threats are in backcountry water sources.  She then follows up with explaining proper treatment techniques to avoid drinking contaminated water and becoming ill.  She offers some great tips for being safe with your drinking water.

June 8th-

Jessica had an opportunity to interview virologist J. David Beckham, MD, Assistant Professor in the Infectious Diseases Division at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine about hydration issues during outdoor activities.  Her interview digs deeper in to the problems of contamination in backcountry water sources and the dangers of drinking untreated water.  At one point she asks Dr. Beckham, “Are you confident relying on an inline filtration system, being able to fill your pack from a stream and have it filter thru the line and be immediately potable? Why or why not?”  That is an important question and you should check out his answer.

We also had some great additions to “Stories from the Trail” where you guys get to tell us your real life hydration stories.

I kicked off Week 2 this morning with my newest article about how to deal with illness and dehydration in the backcountry.  The danger of having to deal with the problems associated with drinking contaminated water are low on smaller trips.  Most of the time, you will be back home and near medical help when you start to feel sick.  But on longer trips into the wilderness, it is entirely likely that you’ll have to deal with a serious bout of illness and dehydration is the most dangerous challenge you’ll face.  I discuss ways to deal with it.

Look for Ryan‘s article later this week about hydration supplements!

Spring in to Adventure: BACKCOUNTRY Week…

(strobe lights, loud dramatic music, confetti, fireworks and a deep announcers voice says…)

THIS IS IT!  THE FINAL GIVEAWAY!

This one is huge!  An amazing collection of backcountry outdoor gear from companies like Trek Light Gear, GearPods, Buff USA, Purificup and MORE!  Get as many entries in as it will let you!  This week is truly….EPIC!

 

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As you know, for the last couple months Wilderness Dave along with: My Life OutdoorsThe Outdoor AdventureA Little CampyHiking the Trail and Trail Sherpa have been working together with a whole bunch of popular outdoor companies to bring you guys more than a month of giveaways.

This is the LAST WEEK of the Spring in to Adventure EPIC Giveaway!  Click on the entry, complete the action, and then hit ENTER!  Don’t miss your chance on this one…it’s a HUGE prize pack!

As a reminder, here’s what’s up for grabs:

April 12th: BACKCOUNTRY Week

First Place Prize Pack:

Second Place Prize:

  • Alpine Aire Food Kit
  • Merrell Shoes

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Spring in to Adventure: SEA-TO-SUMMIT Week…

It’s time for another Spring in to Adventure Giveaway!  This week is SEA-TO-SUMMIT Week because almost the entire prize package is awesome gear from Sea to Summit!  You can’t go wrong!  Check out the awesome list of what’s included in the prize package below.

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As you know, for the last couple months Wilderness Dave along with: My Life OutdoorsThe Outdoor AdventureA Little CampyHiking the Trail and Trail Sherpa have been working together with a whole bunch of popular outdoor companies to bring you guys more than a month of giveaways.

Just like last week we are offering you tons of ways to earn extra entries and if you entered last week you know how easy it is!

As a reminder, here’s what’s up for grabs:

Grand Prize:

Sea To Summit Ultra-Mesh Stuff Sack
Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil View Dry Sack
Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil Sink
Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil Bucket
Beyond Coastal Travel Kit
Buff USA Merino Wool Buff
Alpine Aire Food Kit

Second Place Prize:

Sea To Summit Ultra Nano Dry Sack

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Beach Camping in Galveston: A Happy Disaster…

 

“…But, it’s so small.”

I had barely pulled it out.  We hadn’t even had a chance to get it up yet.

“Is it supposed to be this small?  It doesn’t look like it’s going to be big enough.”

Talk about a bad way to start what is supposed to be a fun, romantic Valentine’s Weekend trip.  Merelyn had to work on Valentine’s Day so we had planned to go camping on the beach near Galveston the weekend before Valentine’s Day.  I had grabbed a few things from home and brought them to Texas for the trip.  She’s moved around so much the last few years that she didn’t really know where any of her camping gear actually was.

Preparing for the trip back in Phoenix, I had gone through my shelves of gear and looked for stuff I could take to Texas and, potentially, leave there for future use.  I knew we needed a stove, so I grabbed my spare JetBoil and packed it.  I also grabbed a small, unused tent from the bottom shelf and tossed it in the box with some other assorted items (including her new backpack and hydration system).

This is where the problems started (entirely MY fault).  I don’t know where this tent came from.  It has been sitting on the bottom shelf of my gear storage for years.  I’m not even exactly sure how long it’s been there.  I figured this made it the perfect candidate for a take-and-leave tent for a simple beach camping trip.  Also, for some reason, I never opened up my JetBoil before packing it.  I’m not sure what I was thinking.

The plan was to bring some basics out to the beach, build a fire and cook a nice dinner.  We were looking forward to enjoying a beautiful quiet sunset together and an evening under a big Texas night sky.  We would spend our Valentine’s Trip comfortably curled up together near the fire enjoying a quiet night alone.

The plan began unraveling early when I realized the JetBoil I brought was just the container…no stove.  And, apparently, you can’t buy  “just the stove” part of a JetBoil from retailers.  So our pre-trip trip to REI ended with us buying the Pocket Stove and a Kettle so we could actually have hot water.  Further complicating things is that neither one of us had a sleeping bag.  I didn’t bring one because I had expected she would have one we could share as a blanket.  Instead, we had to pack a bunch of blankets in hopes that it wouldn’t get too cold.  We still pushed forward with our plan, we made some food, brought some basic supplies and packed the car for an overnight trip.  Even with these stumbling blocks, we were still excited.

Merelyn on the beach...We got a late start the morning we left.  REI took longer than expected which pushed us even later.  Then traffic was stalled on the freeway due to a semi-truck getting itself wedged into the overpass (seriously, he was pinned between the upper and lower decks of the interchange!).  By the time we got to Galveston we were starving.  It was the weekend before Mardi-Gras and Galveston was buzzing with festivities.  Finding lunch and getting through Galveston took longer than expected and by the time we got to a piece of beach we could camp on it was almost sunset.

Not only was darkness approaching fast but it was windy…..damn windy.  Stupid windy.  Let’s-go-home-because-this-is-going-to-suck windy.

Pushing headlong into disaster, we found a place to park (you can drive and park on the beaches in Texas….weird), unpacked our stuff and as Merelyn bundled up and set off to capture some last minute pictures of the sunset I set to work building a fire.  Then we set up the tent…

“Why is it so small?  Are we both supposed to fit in that?”

WTF is this??  What the hell kind of second-rate, miniature, child-sized tent did I bring?  This was supposed to be a 3-person tent!  But unless your names were Grumpy, Dopey and Doc there was no way you’re squeezing 3 people into that tiny bubble of a tent!

“Is the air mattress even going to fit in that?”

Nope.  There’s no way in HELL the queen sized, inflatable mattress we brought is going to fit in that.  But I guess that won’t matter much since we also never charged the pump to blow up the air mattress!  So even when we crammed it into the tent, it got about half-full before the pump gave out.

We did our best with it though.  As I worked on building a solid fire, dug into the sand with a high wind-break around it, Merelyn built us a nest in the tiny little Hobbit-tent.  We folded the air mattress over on itself so even half-full it still gave us some cushion.  We piled sheets, blankets and extra clothing on top to give us as much insulation as we could muster.  Then we unpacked our food and cooked dinner as we sat in front of the fire.

Even with all our challenges, we were still in pretty good spirits and taking it all in good humor.  We had a fantastic dinner of fire-roasted vegetables and grilled-cheese sandwiches (see the post about the cooking iron).  Even as the wind picked up we ate, drank, laughed and had a great time together.

That night turned out to be a record mid-February low for Galveston.  Winds gusted up to 50 MPH.  Even using the car as a wind-break we still felt our miniscule shelter being buffeted about by the howling winds.  We slept off-and-on finding it difficult to get any real sleep in the wind and the cold.

But all of it – the record cold, the lack of blankets, the under-filled mattress, the ridiculously inadequate square-footage of the tent - in the end, added up to this: I got to spend my Valentine’s Trip outdoors, with my Dream Girl curled up in my arms next to me.  That (and some fantastic grilled-cheese) made this an amazing trip I will always remember.

Sunset at Galveston Beach Texas...

GEAR: Spring in to Adventure Giveaway…

Hiking and backpacking season is pretty much year-round down here in Arizona.  For the rest of the world, however, Spring kicks-off hiking season.  The groggy outdoor-enthusiasts wake from their Winter hibernation, put the skis and snowboards away, shed the layers and head out into the sun!  We are here to help get you outside in style!  Wilderness Dave wants to see you guys enjoying the outdoors with some awesome new gear, so we’ve teamed up with five other outdoor blogs to bring you one epic giveaway!

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MyLifeOutdoors.com, HikingtheTrail.com, TrailSherpa.com, WildernessDave.com, TheOutdoorAdventure.net, and ALittleCampy.com have teamed up to give you the Spring into Adventure Gear Giveaway!

Starting March 15th we will begin five weeks of giveaways with 10 individual winners, and over 35 pieces gear from companies like Yaktrax, Beyond Coastal, Alpine Aire, Sole Spikes, Gerber and many more!  During the week we will introduce you to the gear being given away through a series of gear reviews and brand highlights featuring our event sponsors.  At the end of each week we will draw a First Place winner, as well as a Second Place winner.

Each week, you will have a full seven days to enter in multiple ways for your chance to win some of this epic gear.

The giveaways…

March 15: COLD Week

First Place Prize Pack: (Winner posted)

  • Polarmax Baselayers
  • Minus 33 Balaclava
  • Yaktraks
  • Beyond Coastal Travel Kit
  • Alpine Aire Food Kit

Second Place Prize: (Winner Posted)

  • Sole Spikes

 

March 22: SURVIVAL Week

First Place Prize Pack:

  • Adventure Medical Kit Ultralight Watertight 0.7 oz Med Kit
  • Adventure Medical Kit Origin Survival Kit
  • Adventure Medical Kit Escape Bivy
  • Gerber BG Survival Parang
  • Beyond Coastal Travel Kit
  • Buff USA Merino Wool Buff
  • Innate Storage Sack

Second Place Prize:

  • Survival Strap

March 29: Sea To Summit Week:

First Place Prize Pack:

  • Sea To Summit Ultra-Mesh Stuff Sack
  • Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil View Dry Sack
  • Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil Sink
  • Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil Bucket
  • Beyond Coastal Travel Kit
  • Buff USA Merino Wool Buff
  • Alpine Aire Food Kit

Second Place Prize:

  • Sea To Summit Ultra Nano Dry Sack

April 5th: DIGITAL Week

First Place Prize Pack:

  • Sherpa Site
  • Yodel App
  • Stick Pic
  • Buff USA Merino Wool Buff

Second Place Prize:

  • Survival Strap

April 11th: BACKCOUNTRY Week

First Place Prize Pack:

Second Place Prize:

  • Alpine Aire Food Kit

 

This Epic Giveaway starts in SEVEN DAYS!!  So get ready to win some gear!