#LoveInTheMountains Instagram Challenge Winners
In honor of Valentine's day and in association with the release of 5 Ways To Love In The Mountains, we announced the #LoveInTheMountains Instagram Challenge. Over 1,600 people participated by posting a photo of themself and their significant other together in the mountains, captioning the post with a heartfelt thank you to that person. And speaking of thanks, we'd like to give one to each and every one of you who particpated. It really made this idea come to life. Without your many incredible photos and heartfelt writing, this wouldn't have been possible. Thanks!
Now, after looking at each and every posts, we're stoked to announce our three winners.
Best Caption: For clever wordplay and whimsically inventive first person hashtag use (#IMarriedMyBest Friend and #ImWearingTheSameSweater), we nominate this post by @aeonjones.
Best Photo: For the raw affection, happiness and relief emanating from these two after 24 hours of climbing, we nominate this photo by @wbreilly.
Best Overall: For how much fun they're having, for how outlandishly staged the photo is, and for how earnestly thankful and well thought-out the caption is, we nominate this photo by @katie.the.archer.
When you can't find snow, it is wise to have a best friend and sense of humor! #rolemodels Here's my take-me-back Valentines Shout Out Number TWO: The 'Rents �� . Both born and raised in sunny southern California, these two wildcards decided to hit the open road in 1972 and take on the big adventure that is Alaska. #NorthernExposure . I could not have asked for a more fun playground to grow up in. It is where I learned to fish and become a forever ski bunny. Drive a stick shift and fly my dad's plane. Work hard and of COURSE how to take ridiculously staged photos. #whysoSERIOUS ?? . In September 2002, my parents flew with me down to Seattle, where I was starting college at the University of Washington. #goDawgs After we finished moving me into the dorms, the three of us hugged a grand goodbye. I watched them walk away into the darkness....until they disappeared from view. As they were crossing the road, without looking at each other, I saw them both reach for each other's hand in an act of support. . I had been selfishly thinking about myself during this big life change. But in that stolen moment, I realized just how significant this was for them. As the youngest, I was the last to leave the "nest", and their lives would be starting a new chapter too. . In three short weeks, 13 years later, I will be moving back to Alaska, where it all started. And I'm looking forward to spending some quality time once again with these two love birds. . #AlaskaGrown #ValentinesShoutOut #throwback #happyplace #lovebirds #tripdownmemorylane #OptOutside #exploreeverything #partnerincrime #bestiesforlife #homewardbound #LifeBeyondWalls #OutdoorResearch #LoveInTheMountains #getlostnow #findyourtruenorth #passionpassport #theoutbound #Goatworthy #shoutout #alifewelllived #skibunnies #NEVERSTOPexploring #findingwinter #alaskabound
@dbatchvideo and my entry for the @OutdoorResearch #loveinthemountains contest. Dan isn't usually the biggest fan of me writing super cheesy captions. But an exception has been made because we have a chance to both win an OR jacket! When I first met Dan, I saw his skis leaning up by his front door. I remember thinking to myself, yup this could work. Last year we spent many days in the mountains, but��this one took the cake for our favorite day. Days in the mountains are always the best days with him��
"Pretty much the only people who ice climb are a handful of maladjusted geeks." - Yvon Chouinard... And if you can find yourself one that looks good while doing it you better snatch them up! Happy Valentine's Day from @michiganicefest ♥️ #michiganicefest2016 #iceclimbing #loveinthemountains #outdoorwomen #906life #yoopersteez #rei1440project
When we first met I had never backpacked, climbed a mountain or rock. Fast forward through the years we have many miles under our feet, climbed many summits, and this year started on the greatest adventure of all. Thank you Thomas (@koaflashboy ) for introducing me to the mountains and taking me with you outdoors. Looking forward to walking/climbing many more miles with you. #outdoorcouple #loveinthemountains (also thanks for wanting to hike 10 miles and climb 6000ft carrying backpacking gear and a 3-piece-suit and 'showering' in frigid water to say 'I do')
What does #LoveInTheMountains mean to me? That anything is possible. That you can take one incredibly motivated boy and one fairly inexperienced girl and put them on the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States and have them not only summit, but come down engaged. Getting married seems like it'll be a lot like climbing Whitney in early May. Freezing at times, filled with unforeseen challenges, forging our own path in the snow, and marmots that will steal our spare socks. Maybe not that last one - yea, I'm still not over it. But on this mountain we'll call our marriage we'll have the choice to turn around when the air gets thin or trust in the partner we chose to start the trek with. I hope we always choose each other. I would've turned around that day without you so thank you for pushing me, both in life and to the summit.
#LoveInTheMountains @outdoorresearch From moonlight on the lake to swinging leads up splitter cracks in bikinis and spandex shorties to untied summit antics, this trip to Elephant's Perch set the standard for mountain adventures with Lindsey. Many more followed and many more to come with this amazing, badass lady with wit to match. I've never had more fun in the mountains.