#TakeMeYonder Contest: Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner + A Ton of Great Gear!

Thank you to everyone who entered our #TakeMeYonder photo contest! For this giveaway, we asked you to submit your most memorable photo moments from 2015 and we ended up with thousands of beautiful entries to choose from — it wasn’t easy to select three winners from so many great photographs!

Here are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, each of whom will each receive gear for their 2016 adventures from top Colorado brands such as Osprey Packs, Zeal Optics, New Belgium Brewing, Big Agnes, Voormi, Scarpa, Yonder App as well as two tickets to one of Yonder Mountain String Band’s “4 Nights of New Year” shows at the Boulder Theater,  December 30th – January 2nd. Below are the winning moments of 2015 and the stories behind each unique photograph.

To see the gallery of all the amazing #TakeMeYonder photo submissions, visit: www.ospreypacks.com/takemeyonder

1st Place: Dylan Thompson | Yosemite Valley

“When 2015 started we decided that we would take a summer trip to Sequoia National Park and Yosemite National Park at the end of May. We had an amazing time in Sequoia and we headed straight to Yosemite. We woke up at 3AM to drive to Yosemite and waited in line for 4 hours to get wilderness and Half Dome permits.

On May 28th, we stopped briefly in Little Yosemite Valley to drop off gear and hiked up to Half Dome. Through the switchbacks, blisters, and moments of ‘whose crazy idea was this again?’ we worked through it together. We saw a few people taking pictures on the same ledge and we thought there was no way in hell that either of us wanted to go out onto it. I told my girlfriend (now fiancé), to stand on the ledge so I could set up the camera. I asked a few random guys from Finland to take ‘a lot of pictures’ but didn’t tell them my plan.

I asked her, ‘So, will you?’ and she said, ‘You haven’t asked me yet!’ While I might have originally forgot to ask the most important question, I did ask her something equally important. I said, ‘I couldn’t imagine backpacking and traveling with anyone else besides you. Will you be my adventure and backpacking partner for the rest of our lives?’ In the end she did say YES to both questions.

This was our first backpacking trip together, but definitely not the last. Coincidentally enough, both of our packs this day were Osprey. In a way, we can thank Osprey Packs for contributing to our special moment. Thank you!”

2nd Place: Michael Morton | The Wave, Utah