Meet the 2017 Badger Sponsorship Winners!

At the beginning of this month, we unveiled the 2017 Badger Sponsorship, where a handful of aspiring thru-hikers would win some very tubular 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.

We received northward of 50 very quality 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. Standing in front of a camera and asking Internet strangers to listen to your story takes bravado.  This courage will most definitely translate to triumph on the trail. 

And the winners are…

– 7th- 12th place –

Alex Pellerin, Becky Booroojian, Jackie, Madison, Sam Sherwood, and Sarah Mercer

Congratulations, you have won…

– 6th place –

Lauren Hafley

Congratulations, you have won…

– 5th place –


Congratulations, you have won…

– 4th place –

Birdie and Possum

Congratulations, you have won…

– 3rd place –

Katie Doane

Congratulations, you have won…

– 2nd place –


Congratulations, you have won…


Ethan Amerine

You are this year’s Badger Sponsorship overall winner!  Take a look at all the awesome stuff listed at the top of this post- it’s yours!

And that’s a wrap for the 2017 Badger Sponsorship.  Once again, a massive thank you 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 2017 thru-hikers- AT, PCT, CDT or otherwise.  You are spending the better part of 2017 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 12

  • Rob lansdale : Jan 26th

    Yay Ethan!!!!

  • Gail Barrett : Jan 26th

    Super congratulations to the winners! Very well deserved!!!!!

  • Gentleman : Jan 27th

    I could NOT find these videos ANYWHERE to watch so I could vote!!! ????????

  • Rb2 : Jan 27th

    Where in the heck are the videos? I’ve searched, and searched, and searched…..

  • Gary Stell : Jan 27th

    Congratulations to this years winners! Kudos for taking the time to be involved. God’s blessings on alll of y’all as you hike this year! Wherever your heart takes you!

  • Gentleman : Jan 27th

    WHERE ARE THE VIDEOS????????????????????????

  • becca : Jan 27th

    Yay! Congrats to everyone 🙂 Next year could the winners have a little photo next to their names? I have a hard time remembering who was who! Great job!

  • Julianne Weinman : Jan 27th

    I’m very frustrated with this. I tried voting multiple times for Madison and my votes were not going through! I heard she ended the voting period in fourth place and I don’t get why she got knocked down to 7-12! Thank you so much for supporting these hikers on their journeys, but I am frustrated with how this was conducted!

  • Lil' Santa : Mar 17th

    AWESOME PRIZES!!! Amazing stoke from the sponsors 🙂

  • Paige Pasquini : Oct 16th

    Hi! I was just wondering when and if you were doing a Badger Sponsorship for 2018 hiking season? Thank you!


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