Gear Junkie Announces ‘EPIC Award’

“Heroic; majestic; impressively great.” Those adjectives define the word “epic,” and we at GearJunkie have chosen that term as the namesake for a new industry and outdoor-world prize to be launched next month. With our “Epic Award” recognition we hope to highlight a heroic, majestic, and impressively great feat every other month for the entirety of 2012.

Adventurers, athletes, gear designers, activists, artists, and anyone serving or lifting up the outdoors space in a real and “epic” sense will be candidate for the award, which is sponsored by Wenger North America.

In sum, with the award we hope to give a nod each time in recognition of “a first-of-its kind, and undeniably admirable accomplishment in the sphere of outdoors adventure, design, gear innovation, athletic achievement, charity, or wilderness conservation.”

That’s the mission statement of the award, and one we hope can be used to define a certain ethic, creativity, and sense of adventure embodied and found no where else but in the outdoors world. Our goal is to highlight achievers in our outdoors community doing “epic” things and as a result (we hope) motivate more people to get outside, have fun, push limits, and do good!

Epic feats! Clockwise from left: Teenage climber Jordan Romero (on his way to 7 summits); the undeniably “epic” Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race (2009); The Almanzo 100 road bicycling event; Snow-kiter on ‘To Cross The Moon’ expedition, North Dakota

Candidates for the Epic Award will be submitted and judged by the editors and staff of GearJunkie, readers, and our friends and partners in the outdoors world. We want to keep this an open forum, and starting now we invite you to nominate your friends, family, or connections in the outdoors space. A quick email note to the editors is all that’s needed to get the (epic) ball in play!

Stay tuned for further Epic Award details. We’re in search of nominations now for the March, 2012, award. Now, get outside. It’s time to do something Epic!

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Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.