The GORE-TEX® Brand Announces the Experience More Challenge Winner

The winner of the GORE-TEX® brand Experience More Challenge is Peter Green of Eugene, Ore., who climbs as a member of Team Sight Unseen, a climbing team comprised of blind/visually impaired and sighted mountaineers.

The GORE-TEX® Brand Announces the Experience More Challenge Winner
Peter Green of Eugene, Ore., has won $10,000 to plan his dream adventure

Elkton, MD – The winner of the GORE-TEX® brand Experience More Challenge is Peter Green of Eugene, Ore. The winning experience is a snapshot of Green's many climbs as a member of Team Sight Unseen, a climbing team comprised of blind/visually impaired and sighted mountaineers.

Green will be using the $10,000 grand prize to help fund Team Sight Unseen's climb of Gannett Peak, the highest mountain peak in the state of Wyoming. The team will spend 10 days making the 50-mile round trip across the glacier trail. Green and three other sighted climbers will guide one blind and one visually impaired climber up the 9,000-foot vertical climb.

According to Green, people often ask why someone who is visually impaired would want to take such enormous risk when they are unable to appreciate the view from the summit. He points to the team's motto, “It's not the destination but the journey that makes the trip worthwhile.”

“Each of us has become a stronger individual having climbed together,” states Green. “We continually push each other to reach beyond our limits and we are reminded every day that life is what we make of it.”

And because experiencing more in life goes beyond the thrill of the outdoors, the GORE-TEX® brand will also donate $5,000 in Green's name to the Access Fund, a charity he selected.

“The Experience More Challenge submissions were so inspiring, and the judges had quite a task in choosing the finalists, but this group of young men submitted something that truly represents what it means to Experience More,” states Melissa Riggs, GORE-TEX® brand marketing. “The outdoors is for everyone to experience, regardless of obstacles or disabilities we face.”

The Experience More Challenge launched on December 3, 2009, in conjunction with the GORE-TEX® brand's new online community, Community members submitted photos of themselves “experiencing more” outdoors, and their peers were invited to rate these experiences. Entries that received a certain average rating were then considered by a panel of Gore representatives for six finalist positions. The six finalists were then reevaluated by the community.

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