Huckberry, the online retailer of aspirational-yet-affordable outdoor menswear and adventure gear, is offering its third-annual Explorers Grant—and it might be the best one yet.
The bootstrap business is the five-years-and-running passion project of two former investment bankers who launched the site from a coffee shop near their San Francisco apartments in 2011. Today, Huckberry has more than 50 employees and stocks everything from Bradley Mountain Weekender Duffles to Rumpl Twin Peak Twin Blankets to Iron and Resin Rambler Jackets.
The Explorers Grant was established to emphasize the value of outdoor immersion, wilderness discovery, and a deliberate defiance of the daily mundane. Last year, Huckberry selected ecologist Charles Post out of tens of thousands of applicants to join photographer Chris Burkard in Denali National Park and Preserve. (Read Post’s account of the trip here.)
This year, Huckberry is partnering with Outside to give the grant winner the opportunity to choose from one of four epic trips led by a Huckberry Ambassador, plus $2,000 in store credit. Each of this year’s applicants will vote for one of the following adventures: fly fishing on Idaho’s Snake River with guide Maddie Brenneman; surfing and hiking the rugged California coast with pro surfer Cyrus Sutton; backpacking through the remote Olympic National Park with filmmaker and photographer Andy Best; or motorbiking and surfing in British Columbia with photographer Dylan Gordon.
The contest ends at midnight on March 31. Ten finalists will be selected at random by the Huckberry team and asked to write a 250-word essay—the more creative and original, the better. The brand ambassador guiding the winning trip will announce the grant recipient on April 21.