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. Continue reading the complete article written by High Five to find the complete details on how you can enter for a chance to win here.
May 7, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!
Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.
The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).