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Write backcountry gear haiku, win $500 from Backcountry

April 12, 2012

rain sodden backpack

mud, stones stuck between boot lugs

April on the trail

Ever wanted an editor at a major outdoor publication to read your own ode to outdoor gear? Or a government higher-up to be moved by your haiku to climbing helmets?

We’re celebrating National Poetry Month with a Backcountry Gear Haiku contest. Not only are we giving away $500, thanks to, but we've also rounded up seven top outdoor editors, bloggers, and even a government official as judges to read your poetic gear greatness.

The contest is simple and fun. And with editors from Backpacker, National Geographic, The Goat, Trail Runner, Gear Junkie, and the director of the Bureau of Land Management judging, we are in lofty company. More than 130 haiku are entered already.

Join in!

  1. Enter
    It's easy. Write a haiku (that's a three-line poem with 5-7-5 syllables each) about outdoor gear in our contest forum, now through April 25. Enter as many as you like, but only one haiku per individual is eligible for the top ten.
  2. Tell your friends
    Share contest details or a link to your haiku on Trailspace with friends on your favorite social networking sites. ("Check out my Backcountry Gear Haiku on @Trailspace...") Or challenge your friends or fans to a backcountry gear haiku slam in our contest forum.
  3. Vote
    Whether you enter or not, scroll through the haiku entries and give a thumbs-up to your favorites, now through April 26. The top ten haiku, by community feedback, go on to the final judging round. Whether pensive, funny, awe-inspiring, or nostalgic, let's give these outdoor judges some great gear haiku to ponder.
  4. Win
    Once community voting ends, our panel of seven stellar outdoor judges will vote on their favorites from the top ten to determine the top three haiku overall. Top three win $300, $150, or $50 to, plus Trailspace swag.

Here's your chance to give your trusty skis, hiking boots, kayak, or climbing rope their poetic due, and some outdoor acclaim.

Enter your haiku.

Full contest rules here.



I'm probably going to be there 

one day left

Announcing the Backcountry Gear Haiku Finalists:

Thanks to everyone who participated.

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