Meet the 2016 Badger Sponsorship Winners!

At the beginning of this month, we unveiled the 2016 Badger Sponsorship, where a handful of aspiring thru-hikers would win some excellent gear, food, and resources, including a grand prize of

Contestants were asked to create a 90-second video explaining why they should be chosen as this year’s Badger Sponsorship victor. Winners would be determined by a combination of reader vote and our expert panel- a 50/50 valuation from each category.

This year we received a record 74 entries (!) which we painstakingly narrowed down to just 12.  I want to pass along a sincere congratulations to ALL who entered this year’s contest. Putting yourself on camera and asking complete strangers to listen to your story takes courage.  This courage will undoubtedly bring you great success on your upcoming journey.

But alas, in a world with finite prizes, only a handful of winners can take home this year’s incredible prize package.  They are:

– 7th Place –

MATT GRANT!  You win…

– 6th Place –


– 5th Place –


– 4th Place –

KYLE SHORES!  You win…

– 3rd Place –

CAITLIN!  You win…

– 2nd Place – 


And this year’s GRAND PRIZE winner is…


You are this year’s Badger Sponsorship overall winner!  Take a look at all the awesome stuff listed at the top of this page.  It’s yours 🙂

And of course those who finished 8th – 12th (Eva Briggs, Badger Iacone, Laurel + Audrey, Jamison, and Katlyn) will go home with a host of great prizes, including:

That’s all she wrote.  Once again, this year’s contest has been a blast!  Thanks to those who entered, voted, and/or supported this year’s Badger Sponsorship.  Your energy is what makes this possible!  I’d also like to wish the best of luck the entire class of 2016 thru-hikers- AT, PCT, CDT or otherwise.  You are spending the better part of 2016 on the trail, and for this reason alone, you win.

AND ONE LAST MASSIVE SHOUTOUT TO THIS YEAR’S EXTREMELY GENEROUS SPONSORS!!!  Please visit their websites and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  They <3 Thru-Hikers very much.

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Comments 3

  • Todd : Feb 2nd

    That is one weird set of results. I guess the votes brought in did not have results I expected to rank them, and I was not a contestant.

    Congrats, to the winners !!!!

  • Jamie : Feb 3rd

    Congratulations to the winners and good luck to all aspiring thru hikers.

  • Chelsea : Feb 3rd

    links to videos??? I’m planning on winning this next year, I need examples.


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