Adventures on the Gorge Sweepstakes Winner Announced

An Alexandria, Virginia, couple is looking forward to a little mountain adventure in the New Year after winning a visit to West Virginia’s New River Gorge as part of The Nature Conservancy’s celebration of its 50th anniversary of working in the Mountain State.

Elkins, WV | January 07, 2014

Brett Hurm, 38, was the lucky sweepstakes winner of a tree canopy tour and overnight cabin stay, both courtesy of Adventures on the Gorge, an adventure outfitter located near Fayetteville, WV.  Hurm and his fiancé, Robbyn Umland, will be able to zip-line and traverse “sky” bridges through lush forests near the gorge and then relax in a private, deluxe cabin in the breathtaking New River Gorge region.

Hurm, who works for an agency within the Department of Defense, was in Afghanistan when he heard that he’d won the sweepstakes. He said the photos on the Conservancy’s West Virginia web site offered a pleasant vision of home during his time overseas.

This will be his first visit to the New River Gorge, and although he once worked as a counselor at a wilderness camp for at-risk youth, he’s never been a great outdoorsman. But Robbyn, he said, likes to hike and has been leading the couple into more outdoor activities.

“We’ve been doing a lot more hiking and exploring lately,” he said.

The Adventures on the Gorge Sweepstakes was one of several events in 2013 designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Nature Conservancy’s West Virginia program. The New River Gorge is just one of the iconic locations in West Virginia that have been protected with the help of The Nature Conservancy. Cheat Mountain, the Gauley Canyon and the Canaan Valley are among the places the organization has helped to protect. Visit to learn more about how you can help protect the rugged mountains, vast forests and clean rivers that offer travelers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor adventure.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the web at To learn about the Conservancy’s global initiatives, visit To keep up with current Conservancy news, follow @nature_press on Twitter.

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Randy Edwards
The Nature Conservancy

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