Have you vis­it­ed some of the amaz­ing vis­tas our Nation­al Parks have to offer this year? Take a look at some of the Amaz­ing pho­tos vis­i­tors shot for the 2012 ‘Share the Expe­ri­ence’ pho­to con­test. The Nation­al Park Foun­da­tion, part­nered with the Active Net­work and oth­ers spon­sored the 2012 pho­to con­test. It encour­aged vis­i­tors to sub­mit pho­tos that cap­ture the beau­ty and won­der of our nation­al parks. More than 26,000 par­tic­i­pants sub­mit­ted their pho­tos to the con­test between June 28th and Decem­ber 31st 2012. The $15,000 grand prize went to Kather­ine Hawkins for her pho­to tak­en in Bridger Teton Nation­al For­est (USFS).

Here are the top three win­ners, in order, below: Adam Jew­ell — Isle Royale Nation­al Park — 3rd Place, Sue Cul­lum­ber — SaltRiv­er — 2ndPrize, and Kather­ine Hawkins — Bridger Teton Nation­al For­est — Grand Prize.

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p3The goal of this year’s con­test is to show off the 500 mil­lion plus acres of fed­er­al lands. You can enter the 2013 Share The Expe­ri­ence pho­to con­test through Decem­ber 31st. Find out more infor­ma­tion by vis­it­ing the offi­cial Share the Expe­ri­ence web­site. Peo­ple across the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to enter.

[via: Nation­al Park Foun­da­tion ]

Noth­ing tells the tale of an epic adven­ture like the state of your gear when it’s over. If your gear could talk, which piece would have us lis­ten­ing with rapt atten­tion? What has seen the most trav­els, crossed the most miles, and shared the most memories?

Share a pic of that gear and tell us in 50 words or less (Hey, your gear is doing most of the talk­ing here!) why this gear has seen it all. You can post the pic to our Face­book wall, email it to contests@theclymb.com, or tag us on Insta­gram (#The­Clymb). We’ll pick three win­ners for Clymb credit.

And trust us: With the Black Fri­day event we have planned for you, you’ll appre­ci­ate the cred­it. You have until tomor­row at 5pm EDT to get your pics in.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Leah Webb! This shot of a true ‘Moun­tain Mama’ enjoy­ing a day of climb­ing at Cathe­dral Ledge in North Con­way, New Hamp­shire won her Clymb cred­it. And it seems dou­ble con­grat­u­la­tions are in order because Leah gave birth to baby Owen this past Sat­ur­day evening!

 

Par­ent­hood is an adven­ture that can be as exhil­a­rat­ing as your first ascent. Moun­tain Mama under­stands that expec­tant moth­ers still crave adven­ture and they’ve designed tech­ni­cal mater­ni­ty appar­el for moms-to-be to play outdoors.

We want to see your best pho­to of you being an out­door mom. This can be a shot of you, an expec­tant mom still enjoy­ing the great out­doors, or a pho­to you enjoy­ing the out­doors with your lit­tle one(s).

You can share your pho­to with us at contests(at)theclymb(dot)com and put ‘Moun­tain Mama’ in the sub­ject line. We’ll pick a win­ning pho­to to receive $25 in Clymb cred­it. The dead­line is Fri­day 9/7 at 3pm EST.

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Today we kicked off sev­er­al events of kicks: Wom­en’s Every­day Footwear, Men’s Every­day Footwear, and Flip Flops.

While you’re stock­ing up on new footwear, we want to see what’s being replaced. We all have that one pair of shoes, flip flops, or boots that have been put through it. They’ve accom­pa­nied us on many adven­tures and have the bat­tle scars to prove it. Most peo­ple might call them worn and ugly, we call them well-loved.

Show us your most ‘well-loved’ shoes on Insta­gram and we’ll pick a few favorite pics to award Clymb cred­it, which you can then use to buy more footwear. Cir­cle of life, peo­ple. Cir­cle of life.

Tag your pho­tos #The­Clymb and #WellLoved­Kicks so we can judge and then keep your eyes peeled for your win­ning noti­fi­ca­tion on Insta­gram. Con­test ends tomor­row at 3pm Eastern.

Pho­to Credit

Lots of toes in inter­est­ing places, but we had to pick three. The win­ning pho­tos in our Toes on the Nose Insta­gram con­test are:

From Jes­si­ca…

From Miles…

And we’re still wait­ing to hear back from our third win­ner. Once we do, we’ll share it on Face­book. Make sure you fol­low us to stay updat­ed on our next Insta­gram pho­to contest.

Howler Broth­ers

 

We’re not a super­sti­tious lot, but today is Fri­day the 13th and we’d be remiss if we did­n’t have a lit­tle fun with that. In hon­or of today’s Howler Broth­ers event, we want to see your best Scream Face. And we don’t mean shock and awe, but down­right ter­ror. Like Ghost­face just appeared in your door­way. Or you just logged into The Clymb and dis­cov­ered that your pro­cras­ti­na­tion led to miss­ing out on the Howler Broth­ers Log­ger­head. Like that.

Share your pho­tos on Insta­gram and tag #The­Clymb and #Howler­Bros so we can see it. We’ll give you till Sun­day 9am EST to get this one done. Be sure to check your Insta­gram com­ments to see if you’re a win­ner and claim your prize.

Tak­en from our dai­ly email fac­toid, Did You Know?: The founders of Howler Broth­ers aren’t broth­ers. And they don’t howl. The name pays trib­ute to the howler mon­keys that kept them up while in Cos­ta Rica on surf trips. After a while, the star­tling howls became a part of the part­ners’ col­lec­tive feel­ing of being in Cen­tral Amer­i­ca and served as a con­stant reminder that they were in a good place, doing some­thing they loved.

Pho­to Credit

Inspired by today’s Toes on the Nose event, we want to see your lit­tle pig­gies. Stop what you’re doing and take a pic of your toes on… well, be cre­ative. Toes on the desk? Toes on the chair? Toes on your hair? Toes on your boss, if you dare?

Share it on Insta­gram with #The­Clymb #ToesOn­TheNose so we can find it. Con­test ends tomor­row at 3pm EST.

Tomor­row, we’ll give the best three some Clymb cred­it. Remem­ber to hash­tag it prop­er­ly so we can find it. Also, keep check­ing your pho­to com­ments tomor­row to see if you’ve won. We’ll com­ment on the win­ning pho­tos with instruc­tions on how to claim your prize.

Note: We’re not respon­si­ble for the strange looks you may get from co-work­ers. It’s not our fault your co-work­ers aren’t that cool. And mad cool points if you can get toes on your nose.

 

By the entries, we can tell that our mem­bers kicked it hard on July 4th, and we had just as much fun look­ing through all the pho­tos in our July 4th Insta­gram contest.

The three win­ners are:

Dylan Kunkel and Beandip at Mar­vin Beach — $25 Winners!

 

Andrew David­son Jr, our $15 winner!

 

We’re still wait­ing for our $10 win­ner, @joecorrado, to get back to us so we can share the pic and award his prize!

Pho­to Credit

We admit it: We’re kin­da addict­ed to Instagram.

And what bet­ter time to take fan­tas­tic pics than when you have a day off in the mid­dle of the week to spend out­doors with fam­i­ly and friends? We want you to show us how you’re spend­ing your 4th of July hol­i­day outdoors.

Take a pho­to that best cap­tures your Inde­pen­dence Day out­doors on Wednes­day, July 4th and share it on Insta­gram. Tag it with #The­Clymb and #RWBCLYMB  (for Red, White, & Blue) so we can find it.

We’ll award three pho­tos with $25, $15, and $10 in Clymb cred­it on Thurs­day morning.

Note: Don’t for­get to tag the pho­tos with #The­Clymb and #RWBCLYMB so we can find your entry.

The dead­line to sub­mit your pho­tos into our “I Wish I Was There” con­test has passed and all sub­mis­sions are now avail­able for view­ing on our Face­book page. We want to give a sin­cere thank you to all the entrants. This began as a fun Face­book con­test, but it has evolved into a tru­ly inspi­ra­tional expe­ri­ence with oth­er mem­bers and Face­book fans in absolute awe of all the adven­tures you’ve embarked on. We are hon­ored that you shared these mem­o­ries with us.

We received an unprece­dent­ed num­ber of entries and we had to lim­it each per­son to 2–3 pho­tographs per cat­e­go­ry. It seems a shame to pit them against each oth­er, yet we must. Here’s how we’ll do it:

Over the next few days our team at The Clymb will nar­row down each cat­e­go­ry (action and land­scape) to ten final­ists. We’ll then put the pow­er in your hands, allow­ing you to vote on the pho­to in each cat­e­go­ry that you find the most breath­tak­ing, the pho­to that most makes you say, “I wish I was there!”

When the vot­ing peri­od ends, the pho­to in each cat­e­go­ry with the most votes will win $50 to The Clymb. That’s right: We’ve increased the prize amount. We had to; those pho­tos are stunning!

In the mean­time, we encour­age you to peruse each fold­er on our Face­book wall and take in all the beau­ty. If you have a pho­to in the run­ning, please feel free to com­ment on it with fur­ther details. We’d love to hear the sto­ry behind such fas­ci­nat­ing pics.

I Wish I Was There Pho­tos — Land­scape | I Wish I Was There Pho­tos — Action

One of many gor­geous entries. — Man­a­do, North Sulawe­si, Indone­sia by Clement Laksana

Con­grats to our two win­ners. They’ll each receive $50 to The Clymb for shar­ing their Clymb gear in action this past July 4th weekend.

 

Jonathan Lit­tauer top-rope climb­ing with the ClimbX Rock­mas­ter shoes, chalk bag, and X‑Air Belay device at Great Falls State Park, VA. “The shoes assist­ed me in my first clean ascent of this route.”

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Jen Runo in VIVOBAREFOOT

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Con­grats to both win­ners. Please send me your Clymb account email address so that I can award your cred­its. (nina@theclymb.com)

Thanks to every­one who entered our Your Gear in Action pho­to con­test. Over 40 pho­tos were sub­mit­ted, all dis­play­ing Clymb-pur­chased gear in action. They were all great and much appre­ci­at­ed, but you know the say­ing, “There can only be one.” Well, in this case, three — three mem­bers have won a $50 cred­it to The Clymb. And they are:

Eri­ca Don­nel­ly in prAna

 

Jon Husen in Giro

And.…

 

Chris Lynn in KEEN

Con­grat­u­la­tions, guys! Please email me with your email address­es (the one you use for your Clymb accounts) so I can award your $50 cred­its! Send them to nina@theclymb.com

Thanks to every­one who sub­mit­ted. We enjoyed shar­ing in your adventures.

We want to see the gear you’ve pur­chased in action. Sub­mit a pho­to of you (or some­one else) using gear or appar­el pur­chased from The Clymb and you’re auto­mat­i­cal­ly entered for a chance to win one of three $50 cred­its to The Clymb.

Whether you’re rock­ing Reef san­dals, turn­ing back a SIGG bot­tle on a hike, or sail­ing down the slopes on a Jones board, we wan­na see it. You can post your pho­to with a cap­tion on our Face­book page or email them to me at nina@theclymb.com. I’m gath­er­ing the entries and dis­play­ing them in their own album on our Face­book page — look for that lat­er today.

We’ll pick our favorite three this Fri­day (5/20) and award the win­ners then.

Be cre­ative, but more impor­tant­ly, have fun! And if you need a mem­ber­ship, hit me up via Face­book or Twit­ter.

 

Alex in Feva Mitts by POW