It’s always a surreal and kind of sad feeling when our virtual hiking challenges end for the summer.

All summer long Amelia and I have been blown away by your stories.

We’ve been inspired by your photographs.

We’ve wanted to travel the world and hike alongside you.

For two summers in a row, we’ve been amazed at you, our amazing readers.

Planning for this year’s #takeahike event started back in January.

We contacted several hundred gear companies and outdoor brands seeking sponsorship.

Sometimes we were ignored.

Sometimes we were told to come back next year.

But sometimes brands were just as excited about the challenge as we were and together we formed an awesome partnership to bring you this year’s #takeahike event.

I don’t know about you, but it’s really, really, really hard for me to ask people for things. It takes some serious courage to step way out of my comfort zone and be prepared for rejection.

If you’re part of Summit, our goal-setting group for outdoor women you might have remembered me freaking out a little bit when I realized that together, Amelia and I had secured over $4,000 worth of gear and clothing to give away.

We hit a huge milestone with the amount and quality of products we were able to give away this year.

We couldn’t have done it without our sponsors, so please keep on thanking them all year long, okay?

We also couldn’t have done it without YOU! Our amazing, inspiring and awesome readers who we consider our friends.

If you didn’t win a prize this year, don’t worry, we’ll be back next year for more!

We’d like to do our best to make this event better every single year. When you get a chance could you fill out this quick survey for us so we can do just that?

For now, I’ll just leave you with this. A compilation of this year’s #takeahike challenge winners.

Right on, you’re all AMAZING!!!

 

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How about we #takeahike again soon?

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