I’m happy to announce that the guys at National Geographic have provided me three copies of Andrew Skurka’s new Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide to give away to Modern Hiker readers – and all you have to do is a little bit of writing.

By noon, Pacific Time on Friday, March 30th, leave me a comment on this post telling me about your favorite on-the-trail face-palm gear moment – like when you spent three days preparing a gourmet camp meal for your backpacking buddies but forgot to check your stove fuel – or when you were caught descending down a trail-less mountainside in the dark without any headlamps and had to light someone’s sweater on fire for light.

I’ll pick my three favorite stories (bonus points for resourcefulness or finding your way out of trouble) and post the winners and their tales on the site by Friday evening (barring any work craziness). You’ll each win a free copy of the Ultimate Hiker’s Guide, which I’ll mail out USPS. Be sure to login or leave your email address in the comments so I have a way to get in touch with you.

Good luck!

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