Sierra Designs and Visit Wales announce 2009 Wales Sweepstakes winner

Juanita Grass and a guest win a trip to Wales to help celebrate the Sierra Designs Lightning XT 4 tent’s Backpacker Magazine Editors’ Choice Award

BOULDER, COLO. (For Immediate Release) – Ancient castles, boundless green pastures, and endless coastline await Juanita Grass, the grand prize winner of the Sierra Designs Wales Adventure Sweepstakes.

Celebrating the Backpacker Magazine Editors’ Choice Award-winning Lightning XT 4 tent, Sierra Designs, Visit Wales, and Virgin Atlantic will send Juanita and a guest across the Atlantic for a week of exploring the Welsh countryside, staying in luxury accommodations, and experiencing the warm, local culture.

“Although it’s really starting to sink in, I’m still amazed that I won this sweepstakes,” said Juanita.“This will be my first trip to Wales, and I’m really looking forward to the trip.Thanks to Sierra Designs and Visit Wales for hosing such an amazing sweepstakes.”

Once in Wales, Juanita and a guest will be treated to two nights lodging in a luxury yurt at the Graig Wen resort, a BritRail FlexiPass for transportation around Wales, and two nights at Escape, a five-star boutique bed and breakfast, prior to flying home.

A key component to any adventure is having the right gear, so Sierra Designs has outfitted Juanita and her friend with a Lightning XT 4 tent, two Verde 20 sleeping bags, and the Cyclone Eco jacket and pants.

Juanita will also be supplying images and information from her trip to the Sierra Designs Facebook page so fans can keep up with her adventures and get a first hand look at the beautiful Welsh countryside.

After a week of testing in Wales’ Snowdonia National Park, here’s what Backpacker had to say about the Lightning XT 4:

“In a rain- and hail-blasted camp high on the Glyders – a sharply rising 3,000-foot range in Snowdonia National Park – with 40-mph gusts that knocked testers off their feet, seven staffers sat comfortably in the (Sierra Designs) Lightning, playing cards and toasting the creation of an all-new tent category: ultralight and ultra-large”

-- Backpacker Magazine, 2009 Editor’s Choice Awards.

A land of historic castles (641 at last count), green pastures, and endless coastline, Wales is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream come true with abundant opportunities for hiking, biking, trekking, climbing, camping, caving, and that uniquely Welsh adventure, coasteering.

Drawing the attention of anyone with a passion for travel and a thirst for adventure, the Wales Adventure Sweepstakes drew over 15,000 entries over the course of five months.Our grand prize winner was drawn and notified in late September, 2009.

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 Wales:

Wales is a country about the size of Massachusetts: 200 miles long and 70 miles across at its widest point.Wales and England and Scotland are the 3 distinct countries that make up the island of Britain. Wales is "a peninsula on the western flank of England, facing Ireland," as writer Jan Morris aptly says.The people of Wales are called Welsh and many still speak the ancient Welsh language (as well as English). Wales is the host nation for golf's Ryder Cup competition in 2010, the sporting world's third-most watched event.The Ryder Cup will be played at the Celtic Manor Resort near Newport, Wales in October 2010.