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Backpacker (1-year auto-renewal)
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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225 of 231 found the following review helpful:
Good For HikersMar 31, 2008
I'm new to Backpacker [1-year], but so far find it to be a great magazine. Here's a little of what to expect:
-info about lots of places to go hiking around the world
-hiking and camping equipment reviews
-hiking skills and tips (i.e. recipes, survival skills...)
Some people may get irritated with the ads, but for me, they keep me on top of the latest useful hiking products.
With great pictures and human interest articles to boot, its one of the best hiking magazines I know of. Also recommend The 5-Minute Plantar Fasciitis Solution if this annoying foot condition interferes with your hiking. Happy trails!
89 of 92 found the following review helpful:
This magazine has lost a bit in the past couple years....Feb 01, 2006
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.
77 of 80 found the following review helpful:
DownhillMay 26, 2008
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.
42 of 46 found the following review helpful:
Devious renewal policySep 03, 2008
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.
20 of 20 found the following review helpful:
Obnoxious and harrasing subscription renewal phone callsDec 31, 2009
By Michael Patrick
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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