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Top of the Trail

BACKPACKER's head hiker Jonathan Dorn sheds light on success in the magazine and on the trail

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A lot of people ask us what it’s like to work at BACKPACKER, but I’m a bad person to ask: They keep the bloggers in wi-fi-enabled cages two vertical miles below sea level, where we’re fed an all-caffeine diet via surface IV in order to facilitate maximum snark.

But BACKPACKER editor-in-chief Jon Dorn knows a thing or two about letting your passions fuel both your life and work. In a recent Q&A with the Magazine Publishers of America, he dropped a few of his key secrets for running an NMA-award-winning magazine, getting the most out of life, and taking a chance on perks over pay. A sampling:

(Read the whole Q&A here.)

Alaska, eh? Not bad, Dorn, but you should’ve been a blogger. My view of the Earth’s core tops a forgotten Alaskan mountain chain vista any day…

—Ted Alvarez

Jonathan Dorn: Member Q&A (Magazine Publishers of America)