Grand Prize: Andrea Yarber, for her entry, “Always stay adventurous.” Not only did we love her black & white landscape shot, but we also loved her caption. Happy 30th, Andrea. We hope you (and Charlie) got all your summits in. “Traveling to New Zealand and summiting as many mountains we could! This year I set a goal to summit as many peaks as I could for my 30th bday!”
First Runner Up: Chase Olson for his entry, “Hidden Gem.” This photo struck us for both its uniqueness and its motion. And how cool to get a shot of a first ascent in action! “Peter Haun getting the first ascent of the ‘Haun Solo Slab’ in North Bend, Wash.”
The large number of awesome photos made it hard for us to choose just two winners! And we were so inspired by each of your entries that we hope you continue to share your #personalsummits with us whenever you are psyched or proud of an accomplishment. We will do the same. Please check out Mountain Gear President Paul Fish’s #personalsummit best and his message about your awesome entries. And, view some of our other favorites below.
I was looking at each photo in our #personalsummits contest on our Pinterest page (click here to see photos), and I realized how personal each journey was and how important the moment was to the participants. This made it hard for us to select a winner for there are great shots, great journeys, and personal triumphs. Who are we to judge these? I was touched by how many of you were introducing your kids or partners to the outdoors. I was impressed by your challenges and chuckled at some of the antics. I could never do a plank on top of Ancient art, nor a headstand on the top of Mt Baker (though I did recently witness a pushup contest on the top of the Grand Teton). I appreciate each of you sharing your story and how important the outdoors is to you. My personal summit was an attempt on Mt. Fairweather, Canada, with Jeff and Brent Johnson and Chris Kopczynski, It was three weeks of intense route finding, crevasses, weather, and camaraderie that left us short of the summit but incredibly close.
-Paul Fish, Founder, President/CEO Mountain Gear, and avid skier, climber, adventurer