Sep 8, 2012 at 1:48 pm #1293863
Special Guest Editor Eddie (Bear) Grylls
Oh my.Sep 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm #1910409
@abhittLocale: southern appalachians or desert SW
Yeah this maybe the first time I just put it straight into the recycling bin.Sep 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm #1910424
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
And you're surprised? Lots of Gerber ads too? Hmmmm?
And this with previous work by Mike Clelland and Andrew Skurka— it's a wonder the binding doesn't disintegrate and the pages fly apart like opposing magnets :)Sep 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm #1910430
Not surprised at all. The perfect pairing. Both caricatures. Mine comes free with my PCTA membership.
Alex. Give it a flip through. I don't want to be the only one who suffered.Sep 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm #1910457
@nel250Locale: San Francisco
Funny, just before I logged BL and read this post I read thew the mag and looked at my buddy and said one word, "Stupid".
Then it went in the trash.Sep 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm #1910460
@carpenhLocale: St. Vrain River Valley
Odd. My first word was "pointless," followed quickly by "hyperbole."Sep 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm #1910472
Kathy A HandysideParticipant
@earlymusicusLocale: Southeastern Michigan
I just got mine; I picked up the mail right before coming into work tonight and hadn't had a chance to look at it. I just opened it up and saw Bear Grylls. Puleeze! What is happening to Backpacker? I remember when Backpacker first came into being. Its current incarnation is nothing like it was. So many ads. Lots of time I can't be sure if a particular page is part of the article I'm reading until I look down at the corner and find that it's really an ad for Montana or Wyoming or something.Sep 9, 2012 at 6:40 am #1910528
@hknewmanLocale: Western US
I usually read BP for the trip ideas and stunning photos, but this is their annual survival issue. Interesting take on bear safety (not "Bear" safety … haha) but maybe they should have interviewed RJ for his suggestion of a floor-less tarp now that BPL isn't a physical competitor. BP didn't put Gryllis on the cover anywhere, so not sure if that omission is a good idea in terms of selling the mag in the airport, bookstore, etc… for the uninitiated. I'm sure Outside would have had him base-jumping with a knife clutched between his teeth into a forest fire.
They had Mike C. but he didn't really press the "leave the toilet paper behind" gospel … yet. I attribute that to a honeymoon period.Sep 9, 2012 at 6:42 am #1910529
I wonder if anyone critiques their issue and mails it back to them?Sep 9, 2012 at 6:50 am #1910532
@hknewmanLocale: Western US
I wonder if anyone critiques their issue and mails it back to them?
BP has (or at least had) a reader board where we would vote on the covers, content, specific future articles to be considered, etc… a few months before an issue. I participated 4-5 years back via something like Surveymonkey. Got too busy and the surveys quit coming so not sure if they are still doing it.
At the end, there was a place for comments for future/past concerns but imagine they looked at letters to the editor (pro/con) vs. how much a particular issue sold at the newstand, etc..Sep 9, 2012 at 1:48 pm #1910631
@woodenwizardLocale: Greater Mt Tabor
Is it just me or is one month "Life Lists" then the next month "Survival Guide", then back to Life Lists?
I swear every time I see one its "Survive Anything Short of a Meteor Edition"
…I guess after a while all topics have been covered…
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