We asked Alpine Shop customers to send us photos of dads who have introduced their children to the outdoors for our Great Dads and the Great Outdoors photo sweepstakes. We received more than 100 entries into the contest, and more importantly, received more than 100 stories of fathers making an impact on their children’s lives through outdoor activities.
Here are just a few of the types of stories you’ll find if you go through the entries we received:
We received more than 100 stories told that all lead us back to our vision: “Generations Transformed by Discovery Outdoors.”
However, as with any sweepstake or contest, eventually a winner needs to be selected. This year’s winner of a $250 Alpine Shop Shopping Spree was chosen randomly from all the entries. It was posted by Arthur Larson and features Arthur and his father Dave at Philmont Scout Ranch.
Here is what Arthur wrote about his father:
In 2011 my father and I made the trip out to Philmont Scout Ranch in NM and Climbed Mt. Baldy. This picture was taken on Father’s Day at the top of the mountain. Winds were blowing hard and it was really cold but it was worth it. In January my father was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). He is only 48 years old. His hope is to be able to go one more time and bring my younger brother. ALS is a disease that attacks your motor neurons and the muscles they control become weak and paralyzed. The ALS St. Louis walk is Saturday, June 29th in Forest Park. Come out and meet my dad! Cheer him on!! His name is Dave Larson.
Three $75 gift cards were also given away to Dennis Maddock, Andrea Kirkpatrick and Cori Kline. Their photos follow below along with the stories they shared with us.
You can find the entire list of entries to the 2013 Great Dads and the Great Outdoors Sweepstakes on our facebook page. Thanks to everyone who entered and a big “Thank You” to all the fathers out there who continue to introduce your kids to a love of the great outdoors.
For the second time in three years, the readers of St. Louis Magazine have chosen Alpine Shop as their A-List Winner for Athletic Gear. The 2013 A-List Readers’ Choice Winner selection included the following description:
Whether you’re hitting the slopes or just taking a hike, the Alpine Shop is the go-to shopping spot for both the casual adventurer and the daredevil outdoorsman.
That’s pretty close to what we try to be. If you’ve read throughout our blog before, you’ll probably recognize our vision: “Generations Transformed by Discovery Outdoors.” Simply put, we want our customers to experience the outdoors – whether its the first time ever setting foot on a trail or their 1000th time – with the right gear, instruction and information to make it a fun and inspirational experience.
As we celebrate our 40th year in 2013, one of the most rewarding things we’ve experienced this year has been our opportunity to listen to our customers tell stories that we’ve helped make possible. During the next 40 years, we look forward to introducing new generations to the outdoors while continuing to develop the relationships that made our first 40 years so special.
Our thanks again to everyone in St Louis that helped name us the best store for athletic gear!
Take Alpine Shop’s advice and give the Dads and Grads in your life some truly perfect adventure related gifts this year. Whether they’re for a Dad who loves the outdoors or a Grad ready to take on the world, here’s some of the best gifts throughout our stores and on-line at alpineshop.com.