The 2018 Badger Sponsorship Finalists: Vote For Your Favorite
And then there were twelve.
The 2018 Badger Sponsorship received nearly double the number of submissions than last year. This year we reviewed 108 video submissions, smashing our previous record of 58.
The Trek Committee painstakingly examined these videos and voted on their favorites, and the 12 videos with the highest score now go onto the final round. To put this in perspective, just one of every nine videos made the cut. As you can imagine, a lot of truly exceptional videos did not make it to the final round.
Before we unveil this year’s finalists, I want to offer a sincere congratulations to EVERYONE who entered. The energy you put into your video—courage, vulnerability, resourcefulness, and heart—is the same that will take you the distance on the trail. Do not let yourself feel discouraged, 2018 is your year.
As a reminder, this year’s Badger Sponsorship winners are determined by a combination of a Reader Vote (30%) and our Expert Panel (70%). Voting ends at 10:00pm EST on Tuesday, January 23! The winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 24th, here on The Trek.
The 12 finalist videos are below, with the official voting form below that. If you’re having trouble viewing the poll below, you can vote here. Note that the form allows you to vote for more than one video, for those of you having a massive conflict.
John and Kelsey
Last but not least, a GINORMOUS thank you to this year’s participating brands, who <3 thru-hikers very much. Without you, there is no Badger Sponsorship. Please take a minute to visit the below websites and consider buying their very high quality products.
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