$1000 Macpac Christmas Giveaway

Macpac GiveawayThere’s something about seeing Christmas decorations in shops (in October!!), that almost makes me vomit in my mouth. The hype of consumerism, the push for commercial wins and the stresses that can come at this time of year are just completely unnecessary. I LOVE being able to buck the trend away from all that and simply give back to some of the wonderful ‘Freshies in this community with my annual Macpac $1000 giveaway.

Here’s some lovely stories from last year’s winners with what they won and how they’re putting their prizes to good use!

Read on for how you can enter this year’s giveaway…

Anke and Master 9 – Macpac Torlesse Junior 30

hiking with kids
Master 9 out on the Tongariro National Park with his Torlesse 30 Junior

Master 9’s Mum, Anke, says: “We tested the new backpack that had been hanging above his bed for several months now. He loves it! It was really comfortable to wear and at some point, when we walked to an overnight hut, he had about 7kg in it I think but was still happy. (He is 9 years old and only weighs 26kg). Here he is on our trip to Tongariro National Park. It was cold and we had rain and hail but the pack performed really well, especially the built-in rain cover! Thanks so much for the backpack. We will treasure it in many years to come!”

Matt and Amanda – Torlesse Gaiters

Gaiters for hiking
Matt & Amanda sporting their new Torlesse Gaiters

Matt and Amanda are the avid travellers behind the blog All Things Possible. They had a massive year of travel in 2016 and if rumours are to be believed, they’ll be hitting the trail with their gaiters once again on the Overland Track in Tasmania early in 2018. You’ll need these down there guys!

Alison Lonnon – Microlight 1 person tent

Green hiking tent in backyard
Alison’s Microlight test pitching for her first ever overnighter!

Alison has been in training to take part in a fundraising hike of the Larapinta Track in 2018. When she signed up for this, she’d never done an overnight hike before, so this was a great first step to getting out on the Larapinta and helping to raise some money to ‘enable the Indigenous women of today to protect the cultural heritage for the Indigenous women of tomorrow’. We’re all cheering you on Alison!

Felix Ossig-Bonanno – First Aid Kit

Man with first aid kit in canyon
Felix canyoning with his first aid kit, whilst his buddies go climbing.

After borrowing his mates from SUBW (Sydney Uni Bushwalkers Club) first aid kit for years, Felix saw last year’s giveaway as a great opportunity to get himself sorted. “Canyoning is my main sport and this one is packaged in a small dry bag, I’d have no excuse to slip it into my pack!” Classic pic too Felix… made me laugh!

Jay T – Ultralight Pack Liner

Weather contrasts
Same place on The Main Range, 24hrs apart. Happy to have packed everything in a waterproof pack liner

Winner Jay-T had an experience with the epic and unpredictable weather that Australia’s high country can throw at us. After monitoring the forecast for a month and without a storm in sight, he had a classically beautiful Day 1 ascending the Main Range. Heeding the storm front building on the horizon, he pulled up early to camp near Mt Twynam and find shelter. Although he had a shitty night trying to buckle down whilst being buffeted with 100km/hr winds and rain, “The only thing that kept me from panicking was the fact that I was prepared in terms of gear, clothing etc, and having a great sleeping system, because through all that wind and mist and cloud formation, I stayed warm and dry.” Although he planned on spending a week out on our beautiful Main Range, he wisely chose to return early as the conditions were just too dangerous. Good choice JT!

Backpack Liner
JT’s lined pack… all ready to get his kit dry.

The other winner was Warren Goodall who scored 3 Silva Compasses (Compi) to help teach young Scouts the important skill of navigating with a map and compass.

If you would like to enter this year’s giveaway, then simply complete this entry form or scroll down to fill it out right here!

The not so fine print…

  • This is a game of skill and luck does not play any part in the selection of winners.
  • Only 1 entry per person… because that’s nice and fair.
  • Open to residents of Australia and New Zealand.
  • All entrant email addresses will be added to the LotsaFreshAir community email list (if not already subscribed). This email list receives adhoc (usually 1 per fortnight) emails with content relevant to the LotsaFreshAir tribe. I don’t spam or share your emails with anyone.
  • The judges (Caro!) decision is final.
  • Entries close midnight, 15 December 2017 AEST and winners announced prior to Christmas Day.
  • Happy dances optional.

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