Wow, do we have some talented Duluth Pack fans! We had a hard time sifting through a ton of great photos.
We enlisted the help of professional photographer Ed Wargin to help us pick the top three photographs. A big thank you to Ed, you had a tough job! Click here to find out more about Ed and his award winning photographs.
Don’t be discouraged if your photo didn’t win a prize, a few that didn’t win will definitely be on our website or next catalog so stay tuned. Drumroll please…..
The winning photo and winner of a $100 Duluth Pack gift card is Takashi Isaka of Japan with this beauty. Ed commented that this photo has “good composition and color and just feels like a Duluth Pack kind of day”.
The second place photo and winner of a $50 Duluth Pack gift card is…. Jeff Evans and his faithful companion Darby! Ed liked “the warmth of the dog and the bags in the background”.
And last but certainly not least the winner of a $25 Gift Card is Kat Ramsland! Ed loved the “joy and celebration of a family being outdoors” while using their Duluth Pack bag. Congrats to you and your family Kat!
We just have to throw in a few honorable mentions!
– Thanks Ben M. of AK, be looking for this one in the catalog!
– Jason B. loves our #51 Utility Pack as much as we do!
– Our versatile Pack Basket. We love the urban setting, thanks Amy T.!
– Beautiful Canoe – thanks Heather C. (some folks in the office now have this as their screen saver!)
– We know Kat already won 3rd place but we had to showcase this beauty too!
– We love the matching sweatshirt and shoes in this photo by Taylor A.
Our hats off and thanks to all who entered. We are honored by your loyalty to Duluth Pack! Keep those cameras handy for our next winter photo contest.
Amazing. That’s one word, to sum up my night winter camping under a full moon and 30 dog sled teams. I should (and will) let the photos do most of the “talking”.
New to the Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon this year, was a Winter Camping Village. Fans could bring their own winter tent (or rent one) and experience traditional winter camping at the Sawbill checkpoint.
We heard the first dog sled team swoosh by our tent at 6:25 AM Monday morning. Other teams soon followed suit, with distant barking alerting us that the next team was soon to arrive. (click here for video)Our spot on the Sawbill Trail, was a mandatory 4 hour layover in the race, in which mushers were required to handle their teams without any assistance, (as a pre-qualifier for the Iditarod). Each musher had a spot with hay for the dogs to warm up and sleep in. Once nestled in, dog booties were removed, food was served, and sleep was top priority.
In the checkpoint mix, was our winter camping village, and it brought many curious onlookers. How are the tents made and how are they set up? How do the stoves work? What should you pack for winter camping? And are you warm?! (I have addressed most of these questions in my previous winter camping blog). Yes, we were warm! Warm from shoveling snow for our tent site and warm again once the stove was lit.
In between answering camping questions, and taking in the sights and sounds of the Beargrease, we were enlisted to help out on a few occasions, leading dog teams back onto the trail after their break. The dogs were definitely ready to get back on the trail! (watch the video, click here)
It was an exciting day, but unfortunately we had to pack it all up and head back to Duluth. The teams have to pass through the Sawbill checkpoint again, and how fun it would have been to be able to watch them come back through the next day!
A big thank you to the Beargrease staff and volunteers. As I stated above, it was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to do it again next year! I hope some folks out there will join us!