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Periodical Profile:  Backpacking and the Great Outdoors

Do you like backpacking or other outdoor recreation?  Does our natural environment inspire you to enjoy and protect it?  If so, we have magazines in our reading room for you!  Today, I will feature three that combine these topics for readers who care about their own fitness and that of the environment.  Perusing pages in these magazines will give you lots of ideas for places to go, things to do and issues to learn about.

Backpacker:  The Outdoor At Your Doorsteps
The focus of this magazine is backpacking and hiking, but many other topics are covered as well, such as:  nature, health, nutrition, first aid, navigation, and safety and survival skills.  Articles about places to take day hikes and overnight trips, advice and product reviews are present in every issue.  The annual “Gear Guide” has extensive reviews of equipment and clothing. The current issue (June, 2011) is a special collector’s edition featuring the “Best of the National Parks:  50 parks, 89 hikes, 44 campsites, 23 ranger secrets.”

Outside is dedicated to covering the people, activities, politics, art, literature, style, and gear of the outdoors.  It publishes articles on outdoor events, regions, and activities, sports and adventure travel, and investigative stories on environmental issues.  Outside won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence 1996-1998.” (Magazines for Libraries).  “The Interview Issue” (June, 2011), with best-selling author Tim Ferriss on the cover striking a superman pose, features illuminating interviews with 18 outside visionaries.  Also included in this issue is, “America’s best trails:  35 paths to enlightenment.” Plan on traveling if you want to hike one of these this summer; the article spans the country, but the closest trails are in New Hampshire and Maine.

Sierra:  Exploring, Enjoying and Protecting the Planet
Sierra, the magazine of the Sierra Club, features articles about conservation, the environment, and outdoor recreation, as you might expect, but many other topics are included as well, such as: political issues, travel, investment, health, home, work and transportation choices.  The cover story for the current issue, “Wilderness Diplomacy,” introduces “the notion that nature photography can help bridge the divide between mutually distrustful cultures”.  Can showing photographs of people in Afghanistan admiring photographs of our country’s natural wonders form a bond between us?  Check out this article to see what it is all about.

In a few weeks … blogs about other outdoor summer activities – fishing, tennis, golf and more!

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