Taylor Blair of Greeley recently won more than $1,000 in new hiking gear for herself and three friends.

The avid outdoors woman received the most votes in an outdoor adventure contest run by JAX Outdoor Gear and Townsquare Media.

More than 200 people entered the contest, which required a short essay of 'Why you love the outdoors."

Blair's response:

"I go hiking to lose my mind and find my soul. I just need a complete beak from reality working with juveniles in the criminal justice system. It re-centers me and is a needed restart at least a couple times a month. It reminds me of all I'm grateful for."

Blair and her friends made quick use of the new gear ⁠— which included top end brands like Merrell, Osprey, NiteIze, ENO, Celestron, Mountainsmith and Wigwam ⁠— by taking a rafting and hiking trip to Utah.

Check out her adventure from JAX Outdoor Gear to the wild in the photo gallery.

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