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    Sierra Designs and Alaska Mountain Guides Announce First Winner in ‘A Year of Adventure’ Sweepstakes

    Ryan Schanno wins the Mountaineering in Ecuador trip and prize package.

    With an incredible Mountaineering in Ecuador trip scheduled for the coming year, Ryan Schanno is the first winner in the three-part‘A Year of Adventure Sweepstakes’, hosted by Sierra Designs and Alaska Mountain Guides.

    The Mountaineering in Ecuador trip is the first of three trips to be given away by Sierra Designs and Alaska Mountain Guides in the ‘A Year of Adventure’ sweepstakes.  Anyone wanting a chance at the trip of a lifetime can still enter to win one of the two remaining trips, including a trek to Everest Base Camp and heli skiing in Alaska.

    “We want to send out a big ‘Congratulations’ to our first winner and wish all the rest of our sweepstakes participants good luck in the next two drawings,” said Sue Timbo, marketing director with Sierra Designs.  “Sierra Designs and Alaska Mountain Guides are both dedicated to providing first-class gear and experiences, and we’re looking forward to sending our loyal fans on one of these incredible trips.”

    Launched on April 8, 2011, the ‘A Year of Adventure’ consumer sweepstakes offers contestants an incredible opportunity to learn mountaineering skills in Ecuador, win a trek to Everest Base Camp, or access untracked powder via helicopter in the Alaska backcountry.  Premier guide service Alaska Mountain Guides (AMG) will lead the trips and Sierra Designs will supply apparel and equipment.

    Ryan and a guest will learn mountaineering skills and experience the diverse culture of Ecuador as the winner of the Mountaineering in Ecuador sweepstakes.  Both Ryan and his guest will be outfitted with an equipment prize pack including an SD Mountain Meteor 3 tent, Arrow Rock 15 sleeping bags, Revival 65 packs, and Mantra Fusion Jackets.

    The next trip offered in the ‘A Year of Adventure’ sweepstakes will be a three week trek through Nepal to base camp at the foot of Mount Everest.  The Everest Base Camp Sweepstakes is live now, closing on December 17 with a prizewinner randomly selected and notified the next day.  The Everest Base Camp prize package includes an SD Convert 3 tent, Revival 50 packs, Mantra Fusion jackets, and Fusion Pants.

    The third and final prize in the ‘A Year of Adventure’ sweepstakes is a heli ski trip to Alaska.   Our winner and a guest will float through untracked powder on seldom-skied peaks in the Alaska Backcountry.  The Heli Skiing in Alaska sweeps will start on December 18 with a winner drawn on April 17, 2012.  This prize pack will include Ministry 40 packs, Gnar down jackets, Mantra Fusion jackets, and Fusion pants.

    For more information on the sweepstakes and how to enter, please visit  Enter once for a chance to win any of the two remaining trips.  Each prizewinner will have up to one year to schedule their trip.

    About Sierra Designs
    Founded in 1965, at the beginning of the golden age of backpacking and climbing, Sierra Designs is one of the original brands for the eco-conscious outdoor enthusiast. We have always had a passion to protect where we play, and our tents, sleeping bags, and apparel have been to every corner of the world, from the highest peaks in Tibet to your local greenway around the corner. We model and design our products for high performance adventurers, but make it attainable for you. Sierra Designs’ gear and apparel fits in with your daily life, no matter where it takes you. Visit us online at or see us on Facebook.

    About Alaska Mountain Guides
    For 20 years, Alaska Mountain Guides and Climbing School Inc (AMG) has been the premier adventure guide service and climbing school in Alaska. Programs include, exceptional climbing, trekking, skiing, and sea kayaking adventures that visit some of Alaska’s and the Yukon’s most unique and intriguing places. Leading remote wilderness expeditions and treks is our specialty and we employ the best guides and instructors in the business. They are exceptional at helping individuals to learn the best ways to approach a first glacier trek, an initial kayaking trip, or excel on more advanced expeditions. In addition to these programs we also work closely with the International Wilderness Leadership School (IWLS) and Mountain Guides International Inc. (MGI)

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