We’re hosting a hiking essay contest! One key tenant of hiker safety is knowing when to turn around, when pushing on to an intended summit or destination presents risk factors. To spread this message, GMC wants to hear your stories of when success meant calling it early or turning around. What happened – what went according to plan and what didn’t? How did you make the decision to stop early or turn around? What did you learn from turning around? Your personal narratives could be featured as part of a collection in the summer Long Trail News.
Please share stories of no more than 400 words, and photos if you have them. GMC may edit your submissions for length or clarity. In addition to the summary, please be sure to include the name and ages of those in the hiking party, approximate date/time of year of the hike in question, and the trail in question. Hikes in question should take place in Vermont, on the LT, AT, or NEK trails, though we may consider compelling stories from greater New England and Adirondack hikes.
We are looking for:
First-person narratives of the time you turned around or “quit” a hike early, and why. These hikes can occur in all seasons – winter, summer, shoulder — and pertain to hikes of any length or difficulty. Word count limit is 400. Submissions are due no later than Saturday, March 9.
What You’ll Win:
One grand prize winner will win a Custom Burrows hoodie from Vermont-made Thuja. ($110 value).
One Category Winner in each of the following categories will win a GMC bundle: shirt of their choice, gray GMC beanie, and custom Buff:
- Youth Authors (under 18)
- Thru-Hikes gone awry
- Day Hikes gone awry
We will print a selection of our favorite stories in the Summer 2024 Long Trail News, alongside the list of the new class of Long Trail End-to-Enders. Stories will be reprinted on our blog and social media. One entry per person, please. Use the submission form below. For troubleshooting or questions, please contact Long Trail News Editor Chloe Miller at [email protected]