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Hiking Forward Author, Potable Aqua® Brand Ambassador Scott Gauvin Named Finalist in USA Today’s Top 10 Hiking and Outdoor Bloggers

Boulder, CO – August 14, 2014 — Potable Aqua® Ambassador Scott Gauvin is in the running to be named among the “Top 10 Hiking and Outdoor Bloggers” by USA TODAY for his blog, Hiking Forward. Voting for the Readers’ Choice list runs from August 4 – September 1, 2014 and includes 20 finalists competing for the “Top 10” spots.

 Scott Gauvin has been running Hiking Forward out of Bell Smith Springs, Illinois since December, 2012. A native of New England, the Eagle Scout is an avid thru-hiker, Appalachian Trail specialist and patron of America’s National Parks. He uses his blog to share his experiences, knowledge and inspire others to follow suit.

 Gauvin curates content for “Appalachian Trail Daily” which covers AT topics exclusively and can be found on Hiking Forward along with Bucket List trails and trip photos. A father of two, Gauvin’s Hiking Forward gear reviews also cater to outdoor enthusiasts looking to outfit their children with reliable, durable gear. Gauvin is gearing up for the 2014 Hell Hike & Raft, a six day backpacking and white water rafting adventure through Hells Canyon in Northern Idaho in September.

Gauvin is a Potable Aqua® Brand Ambassador — the world leader in personal water purification tablets. The new Potable Aqua® PURE™ Electrolytic Water Purifier was awarded Gear Junkie’s “Best in Show” for Outdoor Retailer’s 2014 Winter Market. The electrolytic water purifier will hit the market in September 2014. The purifier inactivates viruses, bacteria, Giardia and Cryptosporidium, killing 99.9% of all organisms without pre-filtering, pumping or stirring. It is USB-rechargeable and includes built-in solar panels for back-up charging. The device retails for $99.99 and is scalable fromone to 20 liters of water.

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USA TODAY 10 Best Readers’ Choice:

Each week, USA TODAY picks the 10 Best in a single category which can range from food, lodging and destinations to travel gear and things to do. The USA TODAY travel experts select the 20 top nominees and readers make the final selections. For additional information, visit the USA TODAY10 Best Readers’ Choice website.

Wisconsin Pharmacal Company:

Wisconsin Pharmacal is a world leader in outdoor health and safety products. Wisconsin Pharmacal’s complete brand portfolio includes Potable Aqua® water purification tablets, Potable Aqua® PURE™, Coleman® insect repellents, Coleman® first aid kits, StingEze® insect bite relief products, and BAITMATE® fish attractants. Additional information about Wisconsin Pharmacal can be obtained by calling 1-800-558-6614 or by visiting