Announcing the 2021 Badger Sponsorship: A +$20,000 Gear Giveaway to Benefit the National Scenic Trails

Calling all hikers, backpackers, day adventurers: we need you!

Each year, The Trek lavishes some lucky upcoming thru-hikers with thousands of dollars worth of gear. This year, with the pandemic still throwing us curveballs, we’re switching things up.

What is the 2021 Badger Sponsorship

A massive gear giveaway totaling more than $20,000 worth of prizes!! And, best of all, it’s not just thru-hikers getting in on the fun this year.

Since the inception of this site, we’ve put on a giveaway aimed at helping aspiring thru-hikers complete their missions. At first, the prize package was modest, some stuff sacks, a signed book, and Badger’s phone number, which was in very low demand at the time (source: single women). Fast forward a few years and the prizes had grown to more than $10,000 worth of backpacking goods.

Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic still potentially putting the kibosh on thru-hikers, we’re flipping the script. You still get a chance at great prizes, but more importantly, you also help to raise a boat load of cash for the Partnership for the National Trails System. The PNTS is a 501(c)(3) that connects member not-for-profit trail organizations and Federal agency partners to further the protection, completion, and stewardship of the 30 national scenic and historic trails within the National Trails System.

Put simply, if you love our National Scenic Trails and want a shot at some top-notch backpacking gear, throwing a few bucks (or a lot of bucks) into this year’s Badger Sponsorship is a world-class idea.

How to Enter

Hop on our BetterWorld fundraising page to enter between February 15 and March 1. You can earn one entry for every dollar you donate. Thirteen (13!) lucky entrants will be chosen on March 3 to win one of our prize packages, each valued at ~$1,600!

Enter The Giveaway Here

The Prize Packages

This year, 13 lucky ducks will win one of these prize packages. Packages include water filtration systems, tents, quilts, technical jackets, camp shoes, stoves, and more. Get ready for more adventure!

Please note, you cannot enter to win a single prize package.  Prize packages winners will be assigned at random.  The good news is all of the packages are amazing, it’s like winning the backpacking powerball

How You Can Win

As mentioned, this year’s Sponsorship is a fundraiser, so entries = chances to win. Anyone based in the US over the age of 18 is eligible to win. Hop on our BetterWorld fundraising page to enter between February 15 and March 1. 

Enter the Giveaway Here

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The Sponsors

Last but not least, a GINORMOUS thank you to this year’s sponsoring brands. Without you, there is no Badger Sponsorship.  Their generosity is the foundation for us raising a boatload of money for the National Scenic Trails.  Please take a minute to visit the below websites and consider buying their products.

King Size Sponsors (>$2,500 Donation Value)



Ramen Level Sponsors ($500 – $1,250 Donation Value)



Trail Mix Level Sponsors (>$500 Donation Value)






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Comments 2

  • Kathy Lane : Feb 19th

    I think this is a awesome giveaway,but the pandemic has been hard on us all. My husband lost his job last March and is still unemployed,so we have to watch where and how we spend our money. Good luck with your fundraiser.


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