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Backpacker

4.0 out of 5 stars 282 customer reviews

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Subscription Length: 1 year auto-renewal

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Magazine of wilderness travel offering practical "you can do it--here's how" advice to enjoy every trip. Filled with the best places, gear and information for all kinds of hiking and camping trips with fold-out maps and stunning color photography.

Backpacker publishes 9 issues a year in the months of March, April, May, June, Aug, Sept, Oct, November and Dec/Jan as a combined issue.

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Backpacker magazine helps you get ready for your next outdoor adventure, while also inspiring you to start planning those once-in-a-lifetime camping and hiking trips you've dreamed about for years. From practical tips to motivating stories about major excursions, this magazine has everything the serious outdoor enthusiast needs and wants to know about hiking and backpacking. The primary focus is on out-of-the-way or unusual North American locations for backpacking and camping, but the magazine occasionally covers international trips and other human-powered outdoor activities, such as canoeing or cross-country skiing.

Whether you are a new camper or a backpacker with plenty of miles already behind you, you'll find plenty of interesting articles and columns in Backpacker magazine. Articles covering essential hiking and camping skills get you started quickly, while gear reviews help you keep up to date on the latest outdoor adventure technology. Taste-tested recipes make life on the trail more enjoyable, and advanced skill tips let you take your adventures to the next level.

The writing in Backpacker magazine is easy to understand and doesn't talk down to readers who are familiar with life in the backcountry. Articles are well researched, so you can rely on the information. Full-color photographs motivate and inspire you during the trip-planning phase, while detailed maps help you get an idea of the lay of the land before you go.

Whether you're interested in multi-day backcountry adventures or day hiking trips with a few friends, Backpacker magazine gives you the information you need to know to get on the trail and enjoy the wilderness.

Product Details

Subscription Length: 1 year auto-renewal
  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: Active Interest Media
  • ASIN: B002BFZ9NA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23 in Magazines (See Top 100 in Magazines)
  • This magazine subscription is provided by Active Interest Media

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171 of 179 people found the following review helpful
Subscription Term Name:1 year
This magazine used to be a great resource for hard core bakcpackers with articles about transcendent survival stories and epic backpacking opportunities all over the world. In the past couple years they have changed their format drastically and have focused on "regional" editions and over the top gadget and gear coverage for total gear-wonks.

Don't get me started on the useless monthly section entitled "Social Climber" where people write into to ask what's socially acceptable on the trail with regard to fashion and things of that nature. You are backpacking for crying out loud...who cares?

It seems to have lost some of its humanity and original vision. I have subscribed to this mag for about 10 years and I used to be able to read it cover to cover, now I am lucky if there is one or article worth reading.
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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Ad Issue October 23, 2012
Subscription Term Name:1 year auto-renewal
Backpacker has their Gear Guide and their Survival Issue - they might as well change their name to The Ad Issue because that's all it is anymore. I started reading Backpacker when I got into backpacking in the 1970s. This was when William Kemsley was at the helm of Backpacker. It was a great magazine - lots of in-depth articles, personal stories, some reflections, things about protecting wilderness and caring about the environment, as well as gear and trail information. Now? It's almost nothing but ads; what little content there is, is hard to follow because they cram too many little things on each page. There is no depth to anything. And I'm tired of each page telling me to go to Backpacker's website for more information. Why not put that information IN THE MAGAZINE ITSELF??!! Otherwise, they might as well just make it another stupid e-thing and be done with it. They also seem to be catering more to the macho element and I don't like that. If they want to turn it into yet another gritty boys' magazine, then I definitely will not be subscribing to it. I was especially incensed by the November issue - on the back cover is a full-age ad for DIRT BIKES! Pray, what do DIRT BIKES have to do with BACKPACKING? What next? Ads for ATVS? Peronsal Water Craft? Backpacking is something humans do ON FOOT. Leave the ads for the motorized toys to the power sports magazines and to Outside, which sold itself out years ago. I wrote to Backpacker, complaining about this ad, and have heard nothing. They don't care.
They are now owned by a large corporation and like everything owned by large corporations, all that counts is the bottom line and we readers have no voice.

I think this will be my last year of subscribing to Backpacker.

William Kemsley must shudder when he sees what his wonderful creation has become!
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129 of 137 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Downhill May 26, 2008
By van-cab
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Like other reviewers have said, the content has gone downhill from informative articles on gear and places to go, to garbage that has nothing to do with backpacking. They sell out to gear companies, endorse shady gear companies ie: Big Sky, and the writing style almost requires you to have a.d.d. to read it ( tons of very short blurbs and "tips" thrown all over ).

To top it off, they have been sending me threatening letters to pay for issues they sent me after my subsription ended and I didn't renew it.
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for the annual renewal at $40 / year! December 23, 2010
By JGF
Subscription Term Name:1 year
SYNAPSE - is a company that collects $40 each year to renew this subscription for Back Packer Magazine. There is no annual notification and since I was not the receiver of the magazine, I was unaware of it being continued, until I found the charge on my credit card statement.
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gave me over to a Collection Agency May 11, 2008
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Just got a notice from a collection agency wanting money for a subscription I let expire. I'm not happy about this at all and needless to say I will never subscribe to Backpacker magazine again.
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83 of 89 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Devious renewal policy September 2, 2008
By Randy
Subscription Term Name:1 year
This publication has gone to an assumed automatic renewal - with no choice by the subscriber. Since I didn't agree to this arrangement I didn't bother to respond. The next thing I knew, I was receiving a collection notice.
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Obnoxious and harrasing subscription renewal phone calls December 30, 2009
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Over the past several weeks I have received up to three calls per day from Backpacker urging me to renew my subscription "now!". The frequency and tone of these calls have crossed the line into obnoxious harrassment. A number of the calls have occured minutes after I hung up on the previous call. I am letting my subscription end and am not renewing due to this rude and intrusive treatment from Backpacker. This is coming from someone who has been subscribing to the magazine for well over ten years!

Note that there is no Masthead on the magazine to tell the reader the structure of the organization, nor is there any contact point via e-mail except on the website and that is to Customer Service. I am sure all inquiries to Customer Service are given prompt attention when they are critical of Customer Service.

If this is Backpackers new method of securing subscription renewals, I am better off without it!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not What it Once Was January 25, 2014
Subscription Term Name:1 year auto-renewal|Verified Purchase
I subscribed to Backpacker for about 10 years starting in the early 90's. As other reviewers have said, I used to look forward to each issue, and got hours of pleasurable reading from each one. The articles had real content, were well-written. I felt like I knew the regular writers.

My dad now gets this magazine free for belonging to a trail organization. He gives them to me. I always flip through it in hopes of finding an article worth reading. Usually I find nothing. Just a bunch of small articles and blurbs without heart, and spend no more than 60 seconds on it. Sad. Wish I'd kept my old issues.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible magazine in regards to quality.. almost like newspaper ad...
Cheaply made magazine. Similar to an auto trader type paper. Content is good, but they were overly cheap on the production side.. skip this deal..
Published 1 day ago by ken
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are an avid hiker/backpacker, this magazine is a must have!
Fantastic magazine! Chock full of interesting articles regarding gear, safety, national parks, etc. As an avid hiker, I feel that this is a must have for reference material. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Chad M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite magazine
My favorite magazine, I love looking at the pictures and dreaming of new hikes and trips to take. Their directions are easy to follow and so far the advice was spot on.
Published 7 days ago by A. Basse
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A fantastic magazine overall.
Published 14 days ago by Frank
1.0 out of 5 stars it's a great magazine.
Yes, it's a great magazine.
Published 15 days ago by Tyrone Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the information in the magazine
Published 29 days ago by JEG
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Carol A .Antonoff
3.0 out of 5 stars No depth.
This is always been a gear porn magazine, but over the years it's gotten much worse. It's clearly all about promoting products and the articles are also short that they are clearly... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Garrettpw111
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great mag
Published 1 month ago by J.C.E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome magazine. Ordered expecting bi-monthly but have been receiving monthly!!!
Published 1 month ago by Mark
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