Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Backpacker
Manufacturer Active Interest Media
Page By Alpinist
Page Type Mar 31, 2008 / Apr 1, 2008
Object ID 5201
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Product Description

Backpacker Magazine is an American publication that primarily focuses on hiking and backpacking in North America. The magazine covers a variety of topics related to outdoor adventure, such as those listed below.

• Overviews of wilderness destinations throughout N.A.
• Tips on outdoor skills, training and technique
• Gear reviews

Mission Statement:
We inspire and enable people to enjoy the outdoors by providing the most trusted and engaging information about backcountry adventure in North America.

2520 55th Street, Suite 210
Boulder, CO 80301



Cost: $14.95 (US)

Publisher: Active Interest Media

Publishing frequency: 9 issues annually, one of which is the Gear Guide (March)

Circulation: 340,000 (2008)

First Published: 1973



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Alpinist - Apr 2, 2008 9:36 am - Voted 5/5

Like the name says...
This is an awesome magazine for people who like to backpack and explore the great outdoors. The articles are well written and interesting. Each month the magazine highlights different wilderness destinations around the continent. I enjoy reading about new places to go and looking at their beautiful photos.

Both novice and more advanced outdoor enthusiasts should find the tips and techniques very informative. They include useful suggestions for a wide variety of topics such as cross training, medical advice, ways to reduce pack weight, wildlife tips, and camp recipes.

Lastly, I find their gear reviews and their Gear Guide (March edition) in particular to be very useful.

theflyingmountaineer - Jul 11, 2008 11:57 pm - Hasn't voted

Great mag!
I'm a subscriber, and I don't plan on canceling any time soon! Gear reviews, destinations, training tips... they've got it all and they present it well.

mtybumpo - Jul 17, 2008 1:43 pm - Voted 5/5

Good Read
Backpacker usually has some great articles in it. Lots of good advice and the gear reviews are great!

imzadi - Sep 9, 2008 1:15 pm - Voted 4/5

Good info
Got a free copy of this from Eastern Mountain Sports. Wasn't really interested until I opened it up and looked at it. Now I've got a subscription to it. As a "newbie" to the great sport of hiking/backpacking...I find it has a lot of info for me...and stuff I'll use later. Hope to be able (when the kids get older) to travel to some of the spots that they highlight.

Alex Wood - Dec 3, 2008 8:54 pm - Hasn't voted

Great Magazine
Lots of good info and adventures. Definately worth your time.

silversummit - Jan 30, 2009 5:31 pm - Hasn't voted

Good basic hiking and backpacking magazine
I have some of the original year issues and I would still subscribe if we didn't have the Internet ;)

As others have mentioned, my favorite sections even today are the Gear Reviews and focus articles on Best Place to Hike etc. I subscribe to their online newsletter so I just go online and read what I want.

stinkycheezman33 - Mar 12, 2009 10:35 pm - Voted 5/5

love it.
recently subscribed after years of telling myself i was going to. i can't believe i didn't spend the money sooner (not that it is all that much money...)

this mag is totally jampacked full of useful information on places to go, things to see, what to wear and food!

Brian C - Feb 20, 2011 9:37 am - Voted 5/5

Nice to read
I really enjoyed just flipping through this magazine and managed to get several ideas from it over the years. It has a lot to offer and is pretty cheap. I wish that they would stop calling me to renew though!!!

Scarp172 - Mar 28, 2011 6:53 pm - Voted 5/5

Good Read
I look forward to gear review (and price list) issue every year. They always have good gear reviews and some of the articles are good reads. I also enjoy the 'scenario' pages (You're stranded on a mountaintop in a snow storm: do A) try to find your footsteps or B) dig a snow cave and wait for the storm to die down?) They can be a lot of fun and I find myself reading them out loud to my family like quiz game.

Andrew Rankine - Jan 19, 2012 11:52 am - Voted 5/5

great mag
This magazine is awesome! It has a lot of good info on trails. Great photography as well.

Andrew Rankine - Jan 19, 2012 11:53 am - Voted 5/5

great mag
This magazine is awesome! It has a lot of good info on trails. Great photography as well.

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