Earlier this summer, Elevation Outdoors readers responded to a call-out to submit their best stories of life-changing Colorado adventures for a chance to have their stories featured in a print issue of the magazine. Hope Gately, a former flatlander who now calls Colorado home, took home top honors, and her feature story,”The Slow Reveal”, can be found in the magazine’s latest issue and at elevationoutdoors.com with an illustration by artist Jeremy Collins.
Meet the authors of the top five submissions from this year’s contest.
Winner: Hope Gately “The Slow Reveal” 
Runner Up: Kurt Buss “Unstuck at Elevation”
Finalist: Vincent Puzick “Solo Spirit”
Finalist: Dave Shelles “The Mountains Win”
Finalist: Ann Marie Swan “Moving Chipeta Mountain”