2 Free Issues and 3 Free Gifts!
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
Zip Code:
Email: (required)
If I like it and decide to continue, I'll pay just $12.00, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 73% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.
Your subscription includes 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Or click here to pay now and get 2 extra issues
Offer valid in US only.

Also on

Enter Zip Code

Backpacker Magazine – November 2010

The Best of BACKPACKER - Reader Heroes

7 subscribers who inspire, lead, volunteer, and more

[the galvanizer]
Jim Kern
The Florida Trail (1,400 miles). The American Hiking Society (nearly 2,000 National Trails Day events). Big City Mountaineers (more than 600 youth introduced to the wilderness annually). You’d be rightfully proud to have started any of these, but Kern founded all three. This longtime friend of the magazine (BACKPACKER’s founding editor, William Kemsley, Jr., collaborated with Kern to get the AHS off the ground) has done more to help the hiking world than most of us could do in 10 lifetimes. And of course he’s not done. Kern, 76, is currently at work on Trail Reflections, a coffee-table book about his 50 years of hiking and the organizations he established along the way. 

Subscribe to Backpacker magazine
Sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter
Address 1:
Address 2:
Email (req):
Reader Rating: -


Star Star Star Star Star
mk outlet
Nov 03, 2013

Gucci Shoes Outlet,
North Face Outlet Online,
Monster Beats Outlet Online,
Polo Ralph Outlet Online,
Coach Purses Outlet Online,
Coach Factory Store,
MCM Handbags Outlet Online,
North Clearance Outlet Online,
Michael Kors Outlet Online,
Michael Kors Outlet,
Michael Kors Purses,
Coach Purses Store,
Louis Vuitton Shoes Outlet,
Louis Vuitton Outlet,
Coach Factory Outlet Online,
Coach Outlet USA,
Michael Kors Outlet,
Coach Store Outlet, Coach Outlet Coach Outlet Online Coach Factory Outlet Online Coach Factory Outlet Coach Factory Online Coach Factory Store Coach Factory Coach Purses Outlet Online Coach Purses Outlet Coach Outlet USA Coach Outlet Online USA Coach Store Online Coach Store Outlet

Oct 12, 2012

Thanks for your comment Dale. I always appreciate diversity in perspectives.

Yes, it matters to me what color you are because it is going to require everyone - all races and creeds, to get engaged with nature in order to be healthier, happier, and to sustain the spaces and places we all love so dearly.

My conversation is focused so that it can inspire others to participate as part of a larger conversation to engage everyone. So please look beyond the surface and know you are not (nor is anyone) excluded in this work and conversation to connect all people to nature in the most relevant way.

Rue Mapp
Founder, Outdoor Afro

Jun 30, 2012

I have read page 96 in your August 2012 over and over again. I never write into magazines but this got my attention. I wonder if any one has looked up the word heroes in a dictionary lately. Why should color /race have any thing to do with who is out doors hiking? A whole lot of my friends don't like hiking but I happen to enjoy it. Every one is different. As soon as our world quiets looking at peoples color and just gets out and enjoys what ever they enjoy doing, it will be a happier place. Rue Mapp, who cares what color your fellow hikers are, I sure don't. Get over it.


Your rating:
Your Name:


My Profile Join Now

Most recent threads

The Political Arena
Israel/Gaza Conflict
Posted On: Aug 01, 2014
Submitted By: craigwill
Trailhead Register
New random photo thread.
Posted On: Aug 01, 2014
Submitted By: GaliWalker

View all Gear
Find a retailer

Special sections - Expert handbooks for key trails, techniques and gear

Check out Montana in Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride
Warren Miller athletes charge hard and reflect on Big Sky country, their love for this space and the immense energy allotted to the people who reside in Montana.

Boost Your Apps
Add powerful tools and exclusive maps to your BACKPACKER apps through our partnership with Trimble Outdoors.

Carry the Best Maps
With BACKPACKER PRO Maps, get life-list destinations and local trips on adventure-ready waterproof myTopo paper.

FREE Rocky Mountain Trip Planner
Sign up for a free Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning kit from our sister site

Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 3 FREE GIFTS
Survival Skills 101 • Eat Better
The Best Trails in America
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Backpacker
and my 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Full Name:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions