Outside readers entered the Expedition of a Lifetime contest to win a five-day climbing expedition of Mt. Rainier with legendary guides Ed Viesturs and Peter Whittaker, plus First Ascent gear. Entrants were required to submit a 250-word adventure resume, a 300-500 word essay describing why they qualify for the expedition of a lifetime, and a five-minute video that demonstrated their thirst for adventure.
First Ascent would like to congratulate Sam Pannoni as the winner of the Eddie Bauer Expedition of a Lifetime contest. Outfitted in First Ascent gear, Sam will have the opportunity to make a five-day Mt. Rainier Summit Climb with expert guides Ed Viesturs and Peter Whittaker.
Sam Pannoni Bio
Growing up three miles from Glacier National Park, Sam Pannoni has an innate love of mountains. He climbs as high as the terrain allows, topping out at 10,000 ft, but always desires the next summit. The balance between the physical challenge of the climb and the quieting of the mind—between the first and last steps—is where he finds the value of mountaineering. From a young age, Sam trained to play hockey with his older brother, which allowed him to develop a strong work ethic and a drive for competition. This passion translated to his efforts in climbing—he’s summitted more than 30 mountains inside Glacier National Park. He has reached the top of Mt. Siyeh (10,014 ft), Rising Wolf (9,714 ft) and Mt. Gould (9,553 ft.), along with climbing the West Butte of the Sweet Grass Hills three hours faster than the record time in the summit log. His adventurous spirit took him down the middle fork of the Flathead River by raft over the course of three years, and brought him to Oahu in 2008, where he spearfished the reef off of the North Shore. The longing for cold and steep mountains brought Sam back to Montana, where he is currently working as a field producer and wildlife cinematographer. Having never climbed Mt. Rainier, an expedition to summit this epic mountain is next on his adventure list.
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