Tough Guy Challenge: Call for Videos

Submit your video! Win a trip to Rainier and the title of America's Toughest Backpacker.

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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 (, and our editors will choose one winner, two second place finishers, and five third place finishers (see complete details in Rules).