Win Andrew Skurka's Favorite Piece of Gear with Gear Aid Photo Contest

Gear Aid™ launches photo contest to win Andrew Skurka’s favorite piece of outdoor gear, an Alpacka pack raft. The Wildernut Photo Contest runs now through May 31, 2012, in conjunction with Skurka’s national book tour and lecture series.

Bellingham, WA (April 16, 2012) -- Gear Aid™, the repair and maintenance brand for outdoor gear by McNett®, has teamed up with Alpacka Pack Raft and Andrew Skurka to launch an adventure photo contest in conjunction with Skurka's national book tour and lecture series.

Running now through May 31, the Gear Aid Wildernut Photo Contest ( encourages contestants to submit their best adventure photos for a chance to win an autographed copy of Skurka's new book, “The Ultimate Hikers Gear Guide: Tools & Techniques To Hit the Trail,” an Alpacka pack raft (Skurka's favorite piece of gear) and McNett products featured in the book.

“We're excited to see the wilderness through the eyes of our customers,” said Cheriss Faiola, community development specialist at McNett. “These pictures can be used to inspire others to get outdoors, have fun and help take care of our natural resources.”

Entrants are encouraged to share the contest with their friends because for every 20 entries Gear Aid will award an additional second place winner (up to 20 winners in all). Second place winners are also awarded an autographed copy Skurka's new book as well as outdoor gear from the McNett family of brands, including Gear Aid repair kits and water repellents, Aquamira® water treatment products and Aquaseal® by the M Essentials™ water sports brand.

“All of these products are featured in Skurka's new book,” said Faiola. “And with his spring speaking tour in full effect, we felt this photo contest was a great way to get the best in outdoor gear to those adventurous enough to submit their photos.”

Skurka's spring speaking tour will be stopping at 50 locations across the United States until May 31. McNett will provide attendees of tour events with outdoor gear, raffle prizes and free giveaways. For event details, locations and times please visit:

To enter the Gear Aid Wildernut Photo Contest please visit:

About Andrew Skurka
Andrew Skurka is one of the most accomplished backpackers in the world, most known for his 4,700-mile 6-month Alaska-Yukon Expedition, the 6,875-mile 7-month Great Western Loop, and the 7,775-mile 11-month Sea-to-Sea Route. Skurka has been named “Adventurer of the Year” by Outside and National Geographic Adventure, as well as “Person of the Year” by Backpacker. National Geographic described him as “a superman among trekkers” and “one of the best traveled and fastest hikers on the planet.” He has been featured by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News Channel, National Public Radio and dozens of local media outlets.

About McNett
For over three decades McNett and its family of brands, Gear Aid, Outgo™, M Essentials, Aquamira and Camo Form®, have provided quality, innovative products for the dive, outdoor, sporting goods and military markets. Through long-term relationships and a great distribution model, McNett enhances the lives of people working and playing outside. For more information see our website at

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