Backwoods, a Texas-based retailer and adventure travel company,  announced five winners from the first bi-monthly drawing in 2013, when it will celebrate its 40th anniversary by providing 40 trips to 40 winners.

The winners were chosen at random from a pool of customers who brought in their Backwoods birthday card in January or February of this year and have spent $50 or more at Backwoods in the previous 12 months. Throughout the year, 40 winners will be awarded a trip to either Costa Rica, Mount Kilimanjaro, Yellowstone National Park or Utah. The next drawing will take place at the end of April.

One of our favorite customer based initiatives is our yearly birthday gift program. Since approximately 2003 we have sent customers who spend $50 or more in our store a birthday card for a free gift during their birthday month. Over the years weve given away packs, toiletry kits, travel bags, socks and a few other products, Jennifer Mull, CEO of Backwoods, said. Our birthday program is a way to reward our loyal customers for choosing to shop at any one of our stores. Since were celebrating our 40th anniversary this year, in addition to our birthday gift, we decided to give away 40 trips to showcase the other side of our business, Backwoods Adventures. So, customers who are a part of our birthday program will receive an Ice Breaker short sleeve shirt and a chance to win one of four trips with Backwoods Adventures.

The winners came from Olathe, KS., Broken Arrow and Tulsa, OK. and, Fort Worth and Austin, Texas and were awarded trips to Yellowstone and Kilimanjaro. When two names were listed on a customer account, the winners were given the chance to choose who accepts the free trip. Winners from the first drawing included Scott or Sydney Ash, Bob or Lori Richardson, RP Yarroll, Cody Adams and Eleanor Penridge.

Backwoods is an outdoor gear and apparel retailer located in 9 cities across the country and on the web. Backwoods Adventures, a sister company to Backwoods, is currently running trips on 6 of the 7 continents. 

Founded in 1973, Backwoods is an Austin-based, family owned and operated outdoor gear and apparel store. With nine locations throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas, Backwoods has sold quality products with exceptional customer service for more than 39 years. Backwoods Adventures is currently planning trips in six different continents.