Friday Faves: Tis’ the Season For Free Gear

With the new year in sight and the holidays in full swing, the outdoor community is getting in the spirit of the season by giving away a lot of free gear. Twitter and Facebook were buzzing this week, so we pulled together several of the giveaways out there and put them all right here for you to dive into. So, scroll down to see what folks have to offer… Get creative with photos or video, donate money to a good cause or just fill in the blank!

Osprey Packs and Save Our Wild Salmon are teaming up to spread the word — Snake River Salmon Do It At Altitude! They’re giving away a sweet Osprey pack and 5 pounds of wild smoked salmon. Great prizes and raising awareness for a good cause — doesn’t get much better than that! To win, answer the question: What would you do to keep salmon spawning?

Cloudveil’s Spreading the Holiday Gear Give-Away Event
Make the holidays a little brighter: Register to win free schwag from Cloudveil! Every day they’ll pick one male winner and one female winner. You are limited to one entry per day, but you may enter every day throughout the contest. The give-aways get bigger and better as they reach Day 12, so get your name in the hat often.

How Are You A Nutcase?

Between December 1st – December 23rd submit your videos and/or photos that best answer the question “How Are You a Nutcase?” [Note: You DON’T even need to be wearing a Nutcase!]

The goods — an assortment of Nutcase Helmets as well as GoPro digital video cameras. The grand prize winner scores not only a helmet of your choice but a GoPro HD Hero headcam, along with a chest mount. That’s right — it’s your chance to win a sweet helmet and an awesome headcam. What better holiday present can you think of?

Outside Magazine’s Powder Play Sweepstakes

Outside Magazine is giving away 6 awesome ski trips. All you have to do is head to the website and fill in your information. Nice and easy. And Smartwool will outfit each winner (and their guest) with Smartwool from head to toe!

Passports With Purpose

This one’s not free, but it’s a fantastic cause and we just had to add it to the mix. Just $10 will help to build a school in Cambodia and enter you in a raffle for some sweet prizes. What’s up for grabs? A Caribbean vacation, a Sierra Designs tent, a ukulele and the list goes on… So head on over to the donation page and buy your Passports with Purpose raffle tickets!

Backcountry Access Facebook Photo Contest

Head on over to the Backcountry Access Facebook page and post your favorite snow shot. Finalists will be determined by the number of “likes” so don’t forget to give a thumbs up to your own images! Winners will snag some cool gear from Backcountry Access. The last day to enter is Dec. 14, so hop to it!

Wend Magazine’s December Friday Photo Contest

December’s Friday Photo theme is Winter Turns. Just submit your best winter turns shots to Wend’s Flickr pool then send an email with a quick blurb describing your submission(s) to

Each Friday Photo winner will receive a holiday prize package, Wend style. Winners will receive a Camelbak hydration pack stuffed with: two boxes of Clif Bars, a Katadyn Hiker PRO Water Microfilter, a ChicoBag and a package of Grabber hand warmers.

Win a Pair of Mountain Khakis Pants

Where do you get your fresh air fix? Shoot an email to describing your favorite place to go hiking, climbing or backpacking, and you could win a pair of Mountain Khakis pants.

Sharp Gear Giveaway

Backpackers say that a knife is one of their most essential—and versatile—pieces of gear. So the good folks at Backpacker Magazine and Kershaw Knives are giving you a chance to win one. Just pick the one you want to win and enter.

Allegenies Adventure Giveaway

The Choose-Your-Alleghenies-Adventure Sweepstakes will randomly draw a winner to pick from one of five all-expenses-paid adventure-travel itineraries in The Alleghenies this fall. In addition to airfare and the professionally-guided trip, the winner will be outfitted with gear from sponsors including Wigwam, Duofold, and Teva.

Pyramid Brew Backcountry Winter Sweepstakes

Enter to win a 5-day trip with 3 friends to Squaw Valley. The trip includes airfare, lodging, backcountry cat skiing, lift tickets, a custom Pyramid K2 snowboard and some sweet Mountain Hardwear threads. Phew! All you have to do is enter!

That’s what we have for you this Friday. Follow us on Twitter to keep up with other happenings in the outdoor and travel community this holiday season!


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