Until a couple of years ago, winter was not one of my favorite seasons.
I didn’t hate it, by any means, but when asked what my favorite season was, I usually picked summer and fall because there was ‘so much more to do than ski’ here in Colorado. And I didn’t know how to ski.
And then, I learned how to downhill ski. And camp in the snow. And snowshoe. And about backcountry skiing. And ice climbing. And remembered most of the animals are sleeping in winter. Pandora’s winter box cracked opened and expanded my narrow vision of what winter can be.
Quickly, winter jumped from last place to tied for first.
Earlier this winter as I was popping around on Facebook, I found that Mountain Hardwear was asking for applicants to join their #findingwinter campaign. I immediately applied. I had fun winter plans already on my schedule and was excited at the opportunity to share those stories with one of my favorite outdoor brands while gear testing one of their not-yet-released jackets.
Weeks later, I got the email. When the #findingwinter team asked me if I’d be able to participate for 2 weeks in January, I was so excited that let out an excited yelp as I read it at work. I quickly responded to ‘Count me in!’ A week later, this package arrived at my apartment.
For two weeks, I was asked to wear Mountain Hardwear’s Torsun jacket and document my #findingwinter adventures online and in the little booklet they included. The stars had aligned, too, because the two weeks I had the jacket, I’d already planned to go winter camping in Wyoming and a ski trip to Whitefish, Montana – excellent #findingwinter adventures in 2 states I’d never visited.
I spent my two weeks living in this jacket. I wore it to work, to run, to snowshoe and to ski. One jacket that covered all my bases? Yes please!
When the time came to send my jacket back to Mountain Hardwear so someone else could start their #findingwinter adventures, I was so sad to be saying goodbye to my new buddy but happy for someone else to love it as much as I did.
This jacket seriously rocked my world – it fit me perfectly (hard to say for a long-torso’d gal!), it was so pretty and functioned excellently on my trips. The jacket is made with DryQ Elite which means it’s waterproof and breathable – so much so this jacket doesn’t have ‘pit zips’ but I never once felt like I needed them. Not snowshoeing into camp in Wyoming, not running in chilly temps in Denver.
To minimize my separation sadness, I’ve been following the #findingwinter feed on Twitter and Instagram to watch the other #findingwinter participants share their adventures and winter stories. Seeing others love their jackets and doing really neat trips (and sharing beautiful photos!) is incredibly inspiring! If you hit up the FindingWinter website, you’ll find all photos/videos from the project there.
Wanna participate? The #findingwinter campaign is still accepting applicants here. It’s a super short application form and I’ve heard you need to have a Facebook account to apply.
Whether you apply or not, share your winter adventures with the #findingwinter hashtag on Twitter and Instagram and join in the celebration of all things snowy, cold and beautiful.