What does it mean to //DIVERGE//?
di·verge • [dih-vurj]
1. to move or extend in different directions from a common point; branch off.
2. to differ in opinion, character, form, etc.; deviate.
3. Mathematics: (of a sequence, series, etc.) to have no unique limit; to have infinity as a limit.
4. to turn aside or deviate, as from a path, practice, or plan.
The earth lies somewhere beneath all that autumn snow, and you have two choices: 1.) follow some other guy's bootpack, or 2.) start breaking trail.
Option one, some would argue, is clearly preferable. You’ll have solid footing. You'll see where the other guy stumbled or slid or sank in deep. Where he had to backtrack from some insurmountable obstacle. And if you end up in a place you don't want to be, you can always blame the other guy. Following the beaten path is easier and far safer.
And yet to //DIVERGE// means freedom. It means solitude. It means challenge and self-reliance and, at times, danger. It isn't the path of least resistance. It's the path of risk and determination.
Sitka Gear was born from this second path, from choosing to //DIVERGE//. Today, we build gear to keep you alive, comfortable, and agile in the most demanding conditions imaginable so you can focus solely on the pursuit.
The Sitka® //DIVERGE// Photo Contest was made for hunters who go their own way. Not all of them pursue game in uncommon places, but they all see the world in uncommon ways. That's what makes their photos so captivating, and so inspiring. They don't just tell their buddy to hold an animal out at arm's length, say "cheese," and then snap the same old photo we've seen time and time again.
No. They capture the the fullness of the hunting experience. One look at their photos and you can smell the rain on the wind, feel the heat of the rising sun, or hear a leaf fall in a dead silent wood. Their images draw us in and refuse to let go. They fuel our passion and our ambition, inspiring us to get out, go farther, and do more of what we love.
We received more than 650 images like this from Sitka Tribe members across the country and around the world. Below is a selection of our favorites from the 2nd Annual //DIVERGE// Photo Contest. You can see ALL 50 of our favorites here.
Tomorrow, you will be able to vote on the top two, and decide once and for all which photo will grace the pages of the 2013 Sitka Gear Catalog.
You can see ALL 50 of our favorites here.