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We're pushing to reach 100 million vertical feet of gear testing and we want your help!

Project Vertical Contest

Behind every piece of gear we build, there is a minimum of 100,000 vertical feet of testing done by our team of guides to validate each design (it's our 100K Promise – check it out!). But that number is just the beginning. We’ve reached over 50 million vertical feet of testing to date by guides and climbers on Mt. Rainier and beyond. We love this gear testing thing so much we’re keeping the party going!


Bight Gear is excited to be teamed up with Garmin for this project, and testers will use fēnix® 5 Plus series watches and the inReach® Mini to track our progress.

The Details

We believe gear should be built on the mountain by the people who are using it, and that includes you. We’ve partnered with BACKPACKER to create a special opportunity for you to be part of our Bight Gear test team and help us reach 100 million vertical feet. Contest winners will:

  • Win a chance to be part of our process and use Bight prototypes in the field.
  • Help shape the next generation of outdoor gear with your direct input. 
  • Rope up with RMI Expeditions guides on a 2019 4-day Mt. Rainier summit climb.

How to Enter

Do you have what it takes to make sure gear is mountain-ready? We want to find out! To enter, we need to know a little bit about you. Create a video (2 minutes max) that explains why you want to be part of the team. Show us you know something about gear - and your way around above treeline. And explain why you'd make a great trip companion.

For a full list of contest rules and to submit entries visit the BACKPACKER Contest Page here.

Entries due by September 30, 2018; the climb will take place in the summer of 2019.