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Contest winner named for ‘Expedition Alaska’ film tickets

Thu., May 18, 2017, 5:30 a.m.

The winner has been chosen for the two free tickets The Spokesman-Review has offered for tonight’s screening and panel discussion of the “Expedition Alaska Adventure Race” documentary at the Bing Crosby Theater.

The screening begins at 7 p.m. presented by REI and local Boy Scout groups. The panel discussion will include Jeni McNeal, an Eastern Washington University physical education professor and race participant, and David Adlard of Athol, Idaho, who was the race director of the grueling 2015 event.

The newspaper offered the two tickets in a “Hurts Good” writing contest announced with the Sunday Outdoors stories detailing the difficult seven-day, non-stop event in which 80 participants set out to cover more than 300 miles on glaciers, whitewater, saltwater and untrailed backcountry on foot, raft, kayak and mountain bike.

To enter the contest for the tickets, readers had to answer these questions in 25 words or less:

What outdoor experience/ordeal hurt you best? Why?

Following are the top entries:

Judy Paine: Mount Baker conquered. Glissaded. Pants ripped, bruised backside, sore hands. Wind blew rented tents into ABBIS. Gone forever. Made home, never to climb again!

John Harris: 1985. 28-mile Alaskan wilderness run. Mile 20, ground wasp nest. Over 20 stings. Swelled up, couldn’t bend knees. Finish line to ER. Loved it.

Randy LaBeff: Climbing Rainier one in party fell into crevasse. One hour later, we extracted a very cold person. Made hot drinks and wrapped her in a sleeping bag.

Marla Emde: “(Silver State) 508” miles driving the car while my husband, Michael, sat on his bike at Furnace Creek (Nevada); hurt me more than it did him.

Dave Gilbert: Climbing Denali was a depth of outdoor experience unlike anything else. Laughed, cried, hurt, transcended, intense teamwork and lots of time inside your own head.

And the winner is:

Diana Roberts: 1984. Trespassed into Mocambique mountains from Zimbabwe, via formerly land-mined pass. Ancestral Spirit web, plus yodeling frogs, scared bejeezus out of us. Hightailed home!

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