I love entering competitions for rock climbing and hiking gear. I like the possibility, no matter how small, that I might be lucky enough to win shiny new stuff. It allows me to daydream that the latest, most technologically advanced piece of kit that I can’t really justify buying or else couldn’t afford might be mine. Wanting new outdoor gear is like lusting after the latest smart phone or must have gadget. Competitions provide me with a chance to have this gear and I enter as many competitions as I can.
Its not just competitions to win gear that you can enter – there are also competitions to win opportunities to put such gear to use. There are often competitions with the prize of taking you and a friend away to mountains around the world or of being coached by a top climber. Money and time stop me having these experiences the vast majority of the time, but a few clicks on an online competition and I can daydream about being the lucky winner of a trip to the Rockies or to ski in the Alps.
The odds of me winning any of these competitions are small, but the odds are much worse if you don’t enter and the possibility of winning is fun. Read more