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Sierra Designs celebrates award with Wales Adventure Sweepstakes

Visit Wales, Virgin Atlantic and Sierra Designs celebrate Backpacker Magazine’s Editor’s Choice award by giving away a trip for two

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BOULDER, COLO. (For Immediate Release) – Tested in the spectacular terrain and demanding weather of Wales, Sierra Design’s Lightning XT 4 tent won both praise and a 2009 Editor’s Choice award from the expert staff of Backpacker Magazine.

“In a rain- and hail-blasted camp high on the Glyders – a sharply rising 3,000-foot range in Snowdonia National Park – with 40-mph gusts that knocked testers off their feet, seven staffers sat comfortably in the (Sierra Designs) Lightning, playing cards and toasting the creation of an all-new tent category: ultralight and ultra-large”

Backpacker Magazine, 2009 Editor’s Choice Awards.

Celebrating the honor as well as the landscape that created the moment, Sierra Designs is recreating the experience for anyone with a sense of adventure and a passion for exploration.

Partnering with Visit Wales and Virgin Atlantic Airways, Sierra Designs is proud to announce the 2009 Wales Adventure Sweepstakes: an international backpacking trip to Wales – just two hours from London by road or rail, but a world apart – and all the needed gear for two.

Going live this week at the grand prize package includes a Sierra Designs Lighting XT 4 Tent, two award-winning Verde 20 sleeping bags and two sets of legendary waterproof hiking gear: the Cyclone Eco Jackets & Pants. The package also includes round-trip airfare for two on Virgin Atlantic Airways, two nights lodging in a luxury yurt at the Graig Wen resort, a BritRail FlexiPass for transportation around Wales and to Snowdonia National Park, and two nights at Escape, a five-star boutique bed and breakfast, prior to flying home.

For a complete description of the prizes as well as sweepstakes terms & conditions, please go to

“The Backpacker Editors’ Choice Award is one of the most sought after accolades in the outdoor world, and we really wanted to let people know how proud we are of this recognition,” said Kenny Ballard, president of Sierra Designs. “Since the Lightning XT 4 excelled in the Wales backcountry, we thought a return to Wales would be a fun way to spread the word about this innovative tent.”

A land of historic castles (641 at last count), green pastures, and endless coastline, Wales is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream come true with abundant opportunities for hiking, biking, trekking, climbing, camping, caving, and that uniquely Welsh adventure, coasteering.

The sweepstakes is running through September 30, 2009, and the winner will be notified.

Sierra Designs has been creating innovative tents for over 30 years, and the Lightning XT 4 highlights a continuation of that heritage. Supremely lightweight and abundantly roomy thanks to advanced materials and intelligent pole design, the Lightning XT 4 remains amazingly strong, able to withstand weather that sends other tents flying.

About Sierra Designs

Founded in 1965, at the beginning of the golden age of backpacking and climbing, Sierra Designs is one of the original brands for the eco-conscious outdoor enthusiast. We have always had a passion to protect where we play, and our tents, sleeping bags, and apparel have been to every corner of the world, from the highest peaks in Tibet to your local greenway around the corner. We model and design our products for high performance adventurers, but make it attainable for you. Sierra Designs’ gear and apparel fits in with your daily life, no matter where it takes you. Visit us online at or find us on Facebook

About Wales:

Wales is a country about the size of Massachusetts: 200 miles long and 70 miles across at its widest point. Wales and England and Scotland are the 3 distinct countries that make up the island of Britain. Wales is “a peninsula on the western flank of England, facing Ireland,” as writer Jan Morris aptly says. The people of Wales are called Welsh and many still speak the ancient Welsh language (as well as English). Wales is the host nation for golf’s Ryder Cup competition in 2010, the sporting world’s third-most watched event. The Ryder Cup will be played at the Celtic Manor Resort near Newport, Wales in October 2010.

About the Wales Adventure Sweepstakes:

For a complete description of all sponsors and prizes in the Wales Adventure Sweepstakes, please go to

For sweepstakes terms & conditions, please go to