Back in January, I entered Backpacker Magazine’s Field Scout Contest with a video called “Olympic Dreams.” (Watch the video below) My video entry portrayed friend and hiking extraordinaire Greg Soster and myself as “two men sharing one dream – an Olympic Dream.” We desperately wanted to be selected by Backpacker because the winners would be outfitted and sent on a paid week-long trek anywhere in the lower 48 states. In our case, we had our sights set on Olympic National Park, a diverse and scenic park on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. We sent in the video and I crossed my fingers, hoping the editors of Backpacker Magazine would make our Olympic Dreams come true.
After officially submitting the video, we sent it out to friends and family, spread the word through Facebook, and posted it here on IGORoamandreport. It got a lot of views and a lot of love – thanks everyone! The video was also sent along to Columbia Sportswear through one of Greg’s connections. The folks at Columbia headquarters got a peek and loved it! They told us they were interested in sponsoring us and would get back to us soon. For realz??? Although we had no idea what that meant, we were damn excited about this! Continue reading