You’ve read the story. You’ve finished the training program. Now, it’s time to enter the contest. In other words: Hey, tough guys and gals, it’s go time!
What’s at stake: a Mt. Rainier climb with International Mountain Guides and an array of Outdoor Research apparel. What you need to do: Show you are tougher than the rest by creating a video (no more than five minutes long) to prove it.
Some intentionally vague guidelines: The toughest backpackers should be able to do things like start a fire with one match, ascend thousands of feet of trail and mountainside in a day, treat common first aid mishaps, and find their way out of trouble with a map and compass. Of course, we each bring something unique to the table too. Create a video demonstrating your backcountry badassery and upload to YouTube. Send us the link by July 25th, 2011 (firstname.lastname@example.org), and our editors will choose one winner, two second place finishers, and five third place finishers (see complete details in Rules).