The Winner of the 2013 Badger Sponsorship Is…

Last week we announced the 2013 edition of the Badger Sponsorship where one AT thru-hiker would walk away with the following prizes:

Contestants were asked to provide a 90 second video on why they should be chosen as the winner.  The video with the most Facebook “likes” at the bottom would receive the above package.

The response was nothing shy of staggering.  Contestants canvassed the web, reaching out to friends, friends’ friends, friends’ friends’ friends’, and neighbors.  And although only one will walk away with the year’s grand prize, entrants got a glimpse into the truly special culture the AT provides; one of unconditional support and care.

A very sincere congratulations to all contestants.  Although not included in the original Badger Sponsorship announcement, I’d like to offer you all a free copy of Appalachian Trials.

But, the moment you’ve been waiting for. 

The winner of the 2013 Badger Sponsorship is…

Congratulations to Sam Kilburn for winning the 2013 Badger Sponsorship!!!  Your nude snow dive proved to be too much to contest with.

In a very close second place was Kenny and Christina.  You have a career as video producers waiting for you on the other side of the Appalachian Trail.  Congratulations on winning a signed copy of Appalachian Trials, an e-book copy, as well as a pair of Innate Mentor Storage Sacs.

In third place was Barb CarbonA compelling and heart string-tugging story, the emotional support behind you will serve as a potent hiker fuel as you journey toward Katahdin.  Your video is good for a free signed copy of Appalachian Trials, an e-book copy and one Innate Mentor Storage Sac.

And to all contestants, please, feel free to e-mail me at any time- I am happy to lend a word of wisdom when I can.  Thank you again to all who voted, this year’s sponsors – A Trail Life, Deuter, and Innate Gear– and a very special thank you to those who entered this year’s Badger Sponsorship Contest.

Happy Hiking,

Zach (Badger)

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