Announcing the Backcountry Gear Haiku Finalists

Thanks to everyone who entered and voted in our Backcountry Gear Haiku contest! We had more than 380 entries from old and new (welcome!) members.

I personally enjoyed reading all of your outdoor gear haiku entries and hope you had fun participating. We have some thoughtful, witty, reflective members in our community. Thanks for sharing your talents and diverse voices!

Community voting ended last week, and our seven outdoor judges now are voting on their personal favorites from the community's top picks. (I eagerly submitted my own votes this morning and can't wait to see how the other judges vote.)

Below are the top 11 finalists (we had a 10th place tie) in alphabetical order by haiku title. Three poetic people in this list will win $300, $150, and $50 to Backcountry.com.

Congratulations, Backcountry Gear Haiku Finalists! Stay tuned for the overall winners.

Backcountry Gear Haiku Finalists

 

All that glitters by Grady Says

Lighter load I thought

Bright skies sneer at waterproofs

What a fool I drip

 

Deadly Encounter by Westbrook0

Footsteps crashing down

Bear spray whipped out from my pack

Squirrel makes me a clown

 

I love belayers. by iClimb

Falling through nothing

Memories and Regrets now

SNAP breathe Welcome Back

 

It might be the map... by overmywaders

This bog is all wrong,

the map has it a mile west.

Conclusion: bad map.

 

The Kelty Baby Carrier by leadbelly2550

Sweaty forehead kiss

On my sunburned neck tells me

My boy is asleep.

 

Mammut Skywalker by FromSagetoSnow

I got five stitches.

A rock hit me in the head.

Helmets are cheaper.

 

me & my kayak by outdoor librarian

Kayak here's the deal

Shelter my possessions please

I will guide you home

 

Ode to My Tent by doggymcnuggets

Dawn...woods come to life

I lie in my tent silent

Home away from home

 

Sacred Support by naturedeb1

Held in special way

Live to tell another day

Thanks to the belay

 

Torture device by another name by whomeworry

Flutter, flap, and warp.

My tent and wind conspire

To steal all my sleep.

 

Wilderness rewards by gregseitz

the day's travels done

dishes washed, campfire stoked

pass that Nalgene flask


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Comments

iClimb
121 reviewer rep
605 forum posts
May 1, 2012 at 5:12 p.m. (EDT)

these are all so awesome!

giftogab
REVIEW CORPS
592 reviewer rep
1,518 forum posts
May 1, 2012 at 9:05 p.m. (EDT)

These are great! I am happy to re-read them all and see them in the finals!! GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

Rick-Pittsburgh
1,631 reviewer rep
3,962 forum posts
May 1, 2012 at 11:50 p.m. (EDT)

Good job everyone. Best of luck too all of you. There is some really great reads here.

300winmag
512 reviewer rep
287 forum posts
May 3, 2012 at 12:49 a.m. (EDT)

Good and often clever,

and if not clever I still smell

the dust of the trail

 

 

gregseitz
0 reviewer rep
3 forum posts
May 3, 2012 at 11:17 a.m. (EDT)

Honored to be included in a great bunch of poems. Thanks for the votes, everyone!

giftogab
REVIEW CORPS
592 reviewer rep
1,518 forum posts
May 3, 2012 at 11:56 a.m. (EDT)

I wanted to win

 

I got Haikued by the best

 

Good luck to you all!

 

Maybe there should be a contest for the best haiku ABOUT the best Haiku....

Callahan
255 reviewer rep
1,469 forum posts
May 3, 2012 at 2:28 p.m. (EDT)

huuh

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