Paddling From Minnesota to Key West: The First 'Outside' Adventure Grant Winner

In celebration of our 35th anniversary, we created the first-ever Outside Adventure Grant, a $10,000 endowment meant to help fund a smart, creative, and (perhaps) slightly foolhardy project. We asked applicants to submit basic contact information, a two-minute video, and a 500-word essay describing their adventure and why they would be uniquely qualified to pull it off. Hundreds of you wrote in.

When our submission page closed in mid-May a team of editors went to work reading through the applications and watching your videos. We narrowed the pool down to five finalists (including a project to pedal across Siberia, from Vladivostok to Leningrad, and one to travel the length of Thailand in a tuk-tuk) and then built a special Facebook application to turn the voting over to you. We received more than 6,000 votes in two weeks, with about one-third of them going to our winner, Daniel Alvarez. (You can still visit the app to watch the videos and read the essays our five finalists submitted.)

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