Win a Free Trip to Tailgate Alaska

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Yep, you heard heard right, we're sending two lucky women on an all-expenses paid trip to Tailgate Alaska. Dream come true? You have no idea. To enter, partner up and get creative with a short video exemplifying why you want to go, savvy backcountry travel and team work. Videos will be judged by our expert panel along with your peers. Two Runner Up prizes as well as a People's Choice Award will be announced along with the winners. Sign up on Facebook  and enter the URL to your 1-5 minute video on YouTube or Vimeo by the contest deadline on February 28th, 2013. For more information please refer to the official rules and regulations or our website, SheJumps.org Or enter the contest directly HERE.

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The down time worked, and we headed off in generally good spirits toward our final objective. We made our advanced base camp at snow line, in the midst of what might vary well be the best trundling zone in the world. Although we couldn’t muster the energy to hike any further, we easily found enough energy to roll massive rocks for a solid hour before going to bed. Our final ski day lacked the trepidation of the other ski days—there wasn’t a sense of urgency and we made a couple of laps on generally mellow slopes. It had the feeling of a fun spring day at a podunk resort rather than another day on a month long odyssey. As we headed back down to the rafts, the skiing behind us, I was overcome with a sense of relief. The trip wasn’t done by any means, but I felt the hardest, most dangerous part of the trip was behind us.

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