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Backpacker Magazine –

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Think you're a badass? Enter our 2011 Tough Guy Challenge, and you could earn the title of AMERICA'S TOUGHEST BACKPACKER-not to mention an IMG guided mountaineering trip up Mt. Rainier, a head-to-toe kit from Outdoor Research for the trip and getting your mug in our May 2012 issue. Job one: Submit your email address above and complete this five-week training program. Once you're done, we'll let you know when it's time for job two: upload a video demonstrating your toughness-we'll let you know the requirements when the five weeks are up. UPDATE: It's time for job two. Read all the details about uploading your video.

*Editor's Note: By entering your email address, you'll be given access to our free weekly email updates for the 2011 Tough Guy Challenge and will be contacted when it's time to submit your entry for the Grand Prize. Your email will also be added to our newsletter lists. If you'd like to opt out of these lists, simply click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the newsletter you receive. In addition, your email may also be added to the Outdoor Research database and you may contacted by Outdoor Research directly.

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May 09, 2011

The age restriction is most likely for legal reasons, idiot.

Ben Riley
May 05, 2011

Im pretty sure I could hold my own with the vast majority of 21 year old contesters, and im only 17. You don't have to be 21 to be the toughest guy. These rules is bs.

May 02, 2011

Try this link:

May 02, 2011


May 02, 2011

anyone having trouble accessing the first weeks program?

May 02, 2011

I followed the link in the email for the first weeks challenge and it brings me back here.

Apr 30, 2011

The way I read it the section "4. Winner Selection." provides the guide to how they will select the winner of the title of "AMERICA'S TOUGHEST BACKPACKER." This person will be featured in the magazine.

Where as the section saying "3. Contest Rules. Prize winners will be determined by a random drawing" provides that the "prizes" will be given away through a drawing which includes everyones name who entered.

Being the winner of a contest and the winner of a prize are two different things.

Apr 29, 2011

I agree with Matt's comment. Very funny. This all reminds me of that commercial with Gunny Lee Ermey where the guy on the psychiatrist couch says, "and that's why yellow makes me sad I think..." (You fill in the rest).

Apr 29, 2011

yes... I certify (with my right hand on the book of BACKPACKER) that the winner will be chosen based on his or her badassery. Not any random selection. go outside.

Apr 28, 2011

OOPS - just noticed 2010 in Rule 3 - seems like the rules are mixed in with a previous contest's rules - sorry Shannon!

Apr 28, 2011

Winners ARE randomly chosen(read the entire rules - Shannon!):
3. Contest Rules. Prize winners will be determined by a random drawing from all eligible entries to be held at the Backpacker Magazine Headquarters in Boulder, Colorado on or about July 15, 2010. Winners will be notified by phone call, certified mail and /or e-mail on or about July 15, 2010. To claim the prize, winners should follow the instructions contained in his / her notification.

Apr 28, 2011

hey wimps, go back to CandyA**Land.

Apr 27, 2011

If you're complaining about the name, I'm pretty sure you're automatically disqualified from being considered the toughest anything...

Apr 27, 2011

To the women afflicted with PCS (Political Correctness Syndrome): given the fact that you can bear a child makes you the ultimate bad*ss. After seeing my wife carry my son and bring him into the world, I have a whole new respect for women and their strength.
THAT being said - this just wouldn't sound right if it was called "Tough Person" Challenge, so can we just leave it as "Tough Guy Challenge?"

Apr 27, 2011


Apr 25, 2011

this is why no one likes women, you complain too much.

Apr 25, 2011

Uh. Wow. I'm heading back to the wilderness. Send me a smoke signal when you get done whining.

Apr 25, 2011

How about adding another criteria: "Mental toughness - Must be thick-skinned. Must have a survior instinct."

No, not literally "thick-skinned." It's a metaphor, kind of like 'tough guy.'

Apr 25, 2011

Winners are not random. See rule #4:

4. Winner Selection. All entries will be judged by Backpacker Magazine based on the following criteria: 1) Physical endurance; 2) Navigation skills; 3) Survival skills; and 4) Strength in a 5-minute video filmed in the backcountry. In the event of a tie, the person among the tied entrants with the highest score in physical endurance will be the winner.

Ron Jeremy
Apr 23, 2011

Uhhmmm, get over it you bunch of whiners, if you don't like it don't do it. Quit sucking up Dan and Kathy you must have a complex about being considered just a "plaything". Nobody can make you feel that way except yourself. Instead of bitching at Outside mag why don't you spend your time finding the women who are taking the paychecks for their work?

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