Vasque Proudly Introduces the 2016 Thru-Hike Syndicate Team

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Vasque and brand partners, Darn Tough Vermont, Leki, Nemo Equipment and Osprey are proud to announce the 2016 Thru-Hike Syndicate Ambassador Team. The team consists of twenty-nine thru-hikers attempting to complete either the Appalachian Trail (AT), Continental Divide Trail (CDT) or the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

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In exchange for gear support throughout the hike, the Thru-Hike Syndicate members will share their thru-hike journeys visually through Instagram and other social media sites as well as blog about their attempts to finish these epic trails. Many of the thru-hikers will be attempting to complete a long trail for the first time ever, while two of the thru-hikers will be attempting to complete the third trail in the coveted Triple Crown. Additionally, many of the ambassadors have already completed either the AT or PCT, and this will be their attempt to complete the second of the three long trails in the Triple Crown.

“We are very happy with the group of thru-hikers we have selected for the 2016 Thru-Hike Syndicate,” Julie Quinn, Marketing Manager at Vasque footwear states. “This particular group’s ability to share their stories visually and inspire others is exceptional. We look forward to watching them as they attempt to complete their thru-hikes, some for the first time ever and others going for their lifetime goal of achieving the Triple Crown.”

The 2016 Thru-Hike Syndicate is comprised of a selection of hikers from around the world, including Denmark, Sweden and Austria, as well as throughout the United States. New for 2016, the Thru-Hike Syndicate will support six thru-hikers on the CDT, they include: Luis Quintero, Stefani Ryan, Quade Sheehan, Brad McCartney, Francisco Miller and Katie Brown. For the third year, the Thru-Hike Syndicate will be supporting eight ambassadors on the AT, including Ashley Schellhase, Emma Berntheizel, Heather Machelle Smith, Tyler Socash, Nathan Bauman, Aaron Ibey, Nicollette Legac and David Shiling. The Syndicate will also support fourteen thru-hikers on the PCT including Lydia Armstrong, Tyler Underwood, Danielle Clark, Jaleesa Houle, Nick Cornell, Jeppe Kuld, Peter Hochhauser, Jordan Peters, Graham Hodge, Morgan Hodge, Edward Ruiz, Jonathan Payne, Danny Murphy and Linda Aakerberg.

To follow the 2016 Thru-Hike Syndicate ambassadors’ adventures along the trails, visit the Thru-Hike Syndicate page at or on Instagram at For more information on the Thru-Hike Syndicate, please contact Angie Houck at

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Since 1964, Vasque has been making performance hiking footwear that is trusted on the trail. Bringing the latest in technology and design to outdoor enthusiasts, Vasque’s collection of backpacking, performance hiking, insulated and trail running shoes are designed for all day comfort regardless of conditions.