Return of the Chuting Spree – Win a Mountain Hardwear Tent!

| January 13, 2009

Between holidays, computer crashes and the excitment of a new ski season starting, the Chuting Spree contest was overwhelmed and needed to take a break… but now it is back and better than ever with a Mountain Hardwear tent as a prize!  Mountain Hardwear is my #1 skiing enabler and I have spent many happy hours flat on my back staring at the inside of MHW tents and counting stitches until I fall asleep in a raging storm.  They make a wide variety of high quality tents that will take an unbelievable beating and last for many, many years.

The winning prize is any MHW tent, excluding the Strong Hold, Space Station and Double Wall Satellite. The rules and concept is the same as past Chuting Spree Contests, so if you get it, read no further and check out the clues on Tuesday’s/Cluesday’s at 10:00am Utah time.

The Basics
Five weekly clues lead to the location of the tent.  Be the first person to correctly identify where the tent is, and it’s yours.

How the Contest Works:
Through a series of ski mountaineering related clues, contestants have to guess the location of the tent. The clues start with the continent the tent is located on, then narrow down to a specific location.  The tent is only there in theory – the real one is waiting for you at the warehouse.

How to Win:
Be the first person to post the correct answer as a comment on the page with the final clue.  Click here for an example.  HINT: First time commenters must be approved, which causes a delay in your comments showing up.  For the fastest comment posting time, get pre-approved by making a comment on an earlier posting so that the computer knows your name. 

Question:  Are there going to be some really hard, stupid, obscure questions?

Answer:    No. Most of them will be easy if you have been following skiing and/or ski mountaineering for a while, and if not, they will be searchable on the Internets. The final clue will be specific to ski mountaineering lore, but it is not necessary to have been there to know the answer.  (Example: In “The Blizzard of Ahhhs” Scot Schmidt stood at the top of this and said “Yeah, I’ll ski it for sure.”)

Clue Schedule:
    Jan 20 – Continent
    Jan 27 – Country
    Feb 3 – Mountain Range, City or Region
    Feb 10 – Specific Peak
    Feb 17 – SUPER CLUESDAY!  The exact location.  Send in your final answer(s) now!

Winning Format:
The final answer is the one that really matters, however in case of a dispute, the winning format is:
    Continent:  (Your answer)
    Country: (Your answer)
    Mountain Range, City or Region: (Your answer)
    Peak: (Your answer)
    Exact Location: (Your answer)

Experienced Chuting Spree’rs pretype the answers to the clues they already know so they can fire off a response as soon as the final clue is given.  The final clue tends to be a Ski Mountaineering story problem that requires some thought and perhaps some quick internet searching.


– Tuesday is Cluesday.  All clues will be given on Tuesday mornings at 10:00am Mountain Time on the main page of
– In case of a dispute, I (Andrew McLean) will be the sole judge.  I’m the Decider.  I make decisions.
– Immediate family members are not eligible (sorry Mom, Dad, Polly and Mira…)


– Prizes need to be claimed within 90 days of the winning date.  (No, you can’t wait six years for a 2014 EV-9000.)
– Stronghold, Double Wall Satellite and Space Station tents are NOT eligable as prizes.  (These are more like investment properties than tents!)
– Prizes are limited to Mountain Hardwear’s available stock on hand. (Sorry, no custom- made Kevlar Trangos.)
– Shipping will be at the manufacturer’s discretion and only to addresses in the U.S. due to expense and customs regulations. Contestants outside of the U.S. can win, but will be responsible for shipping charges and/or arranging customs.

Sample Contest

Clue #1 (Continent)
Q:  This continent received a record seasonal snowfall in 1998-99.

Clue #2 (State/Country/Province/region)
Q:  The highest peak in this geographic zone is 4207m tall.

Clue #3 (Mountain Range)
Q: Early explorers referred to this range as “The Three Breasts.”

Clue #4 (Specific Peak/Town/Zone)
Q: This peak was first climbed to its summit in 1898.

Clue #5 (Specific location/object)
Q:  The first ski descent of this peak was continuous except for one obstacle.  For a brand new Mountain Hardwear tent, what is the specific name of this obstacle?

Answer:  Click Here

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About the Author ()

Andrew McLean lives in Park City, Utah and is a gear designer, writer, photographer, ski mountaineer, climber, Mountain Unicycle rider and father of two very loud little girls.

Comments (21)

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  1. Jason says:

    Hmm…this could be fun..

  2. nfrancois says:


  3. brandon says:

    put me in coach

  4. Chuteski says:

    Can I play???

  5. Colin (aka SCUTSKI) says:

    Sweet. I’m ready.

  6. Andrew says:

    You guys are all “preregistered” – thanks!

  7. Champagne says:

    What about me ?

  8. Matt says:

    Game on!

  9. Splitboard says:

    mmmmmmmm….new tent.

  10. jesskis says:

    can i take a guess yet?

  11. HQ says:

    I don’t need another tent. Bring back the BD boots please.

  12. Andrew says:

    HQ – you could always win the tent, then sell it off to buy some boots. :)

  13. Ryan says:

    Am I to late to start?

  14. Andrew says:

    Hi Ryan – nope, you are right on time.

  15. Carl says:

    Did you see any big lines while you were in NY?

  16. Ron E says:

    Just checking in for contest pre-approval.

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