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The Best of BACKPACKER – Reader Heroes

7 subscribers who inspire, lead, volunteer, and more

[the enthusiast]
Leon Nelson
Nelson has been a subscriber since our inaugural issue, in 1973, and he’s clearly made the most of his hiking time. He’s a constant source of route ideas and skills tips, and in 2007, after responding to a BACKPACKER call for volunteers to help map the entire CDT (, Nelson led one of the teams. See his suggestion for a weekend route in the Trinity Alps at

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