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Andrew Priest

Andrew Priest

I am a 44 years old male, 180 cm (5' 11") in height and I weigh 100 kg (220 lbs). I have been hiking in Western Australia for approximately five years. For the past four years I have been regularly walking and now leading walks with the Perth Bushwalkers Club. These bushwalks range from all on-track to all off-track pack-carries. I consider myself as moving towards being a lightweight tent-carrying bushwalker with my pack base weight in the 8 to 12 kg (18 to 26 lb) range. In 2003 I completed my End to End of the Bibbulmun Track. I have also end to ended the Cape to Cape Track and the Coastal Plains Walk Track.

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Chuck Fuzzy

Chuck Fuzzy

I have always been one to do the outdoor thing as compared to the organized sport thing. It started as a youngster in the Boy Scouts and continues today as an adult. The majority of my experience has been in Pennsylvania but I have hiked, camped or paddled in New York, California and even Alaska. I am also currently a volunteer search and rescue canine handler. Although search and rescue doesn't always result in an overnight or multi-day trip, I am required to be prepared, equipped and trained for it. Training a search dog results in many hours of trekking through the outdoors. My "style" is best described as recreational camping, mid-weight backpacking (2-3 day treks), day hiking, flat water paddling, hunting and canine search and rescue activities. My last extended (more than 1 week) outing was the summer of 2001, as a volunteer for the Armed Forces Eco-Challenge in interior Alaska. I also include two of my four dogs in most of my outdoor activities.

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Jennifer haward

Jennifer haward

I grew up horseback riding, skiing, camping, and hiking, but I just started backpacking about three years ago. All of my trips have been one or two night stays. My trips normally range from coastal trails in the redwoods to mountainous terrain in the Sierra Nevada. I tend to hike where I encounter rain and dampness. This year I am looking forward to making some longer trips in northern California and gaining more experience. I am not a lightweight backpacker yet, but would like to reduce my current pack weight significantly.

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Mike Cora

Mike Cora

I began backpacking in 1997. I enjoy weekend and longer trips to the Sierras, but I also travel to Washington, Colorado, and elsewhere. I love backpacking in spring and winter snow more than anything (especially on skis) but I am also very happy scrambling off-trail in the Sierras or glacier-hiking in the Cascades. My enjoyment of backpacking also provides a basis for my additional pursuits in climbing and mountaineering.

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Craige Paul

Craige Paul

Paul Sternman has written numerous amateur how-to articles and is now bringing his free knowledge and skill set to the general public. A long time endearing love of the outdoors combined with almost 20 years outdoors experience in camping, hunting, fishing, and wilderness survival adventures. He has a strong desire to share the outdoor gear knowledge he gained through many years of experience.

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Rosaleen Sullivan

Rosaleen Sullivan

Sullivan FROI have done family car camping from my childhood, using many shelters from a tarp through a travel trailer. The backpacking bug bit when I went along as a driver/chaperone for my oldest son’s Boy Scout Troop. After learning to backpack by the old Troop methods, I decided about age 50 that there had to be a better way. I’m gradually lightening up, and I do most of my hiking and backpacking during weekends in New England. Additionally, I have been lucky enough to experience hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and a 110-mile (177-km) stretch of the Appalachian Trail from Pennsylvania to northern Virginia. My preferred gear at this time is a Hennessy Hammock for shelter, an alcohol or solid fuel stove, home-dehydrated foods requiring minimal preparation and cooking on the trail, and the least amount of additional clothing and gear that I can feel comfortable carrying. I have enjoyed cooking and experimenting with food since childhood. One of my favorite “toys” I remember playing with as a child was an “Easy Bake Oven.” M Eastern Massachusetts, USA Other outdoor heat sources/stoves that I have used successfully: Wood fire, charcoal, Coleman 2-burner stoves, both white gas and propane, Primus Trail Scout single burner propane stove, Markill auto-ignition Butane stove, stainless steel alcohol stove of unknown brand, various home made alcohol stoves (usually aluminum), MSR Whisperlite white gas stove, various home made solar ovens, homemade box ovens.

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It’s a big consumer world out there with your big box stores that carry everything from hot dogs to sleeping bags. It can be challenging in that situation to get the knowledge and expertise you need when selecting an item such as Hiking Gear & Camping Supplies.

So, we have done all the research and testing and presented it in a clear and concise way so that you get the best possible shopping experience. We carry a wide variety of  Hiking Gear & Camping Supplies  and accessories so that you can see the range of possibilities out there.

How do we decide what brands to carry?

There are dozens of brands of  Camping Supplies and accessories out there. Carrying them all would simply be overwhelming, and let’s face it: some brands just don’t cut it when it comes to quality. We know you want the very best for your situation, so that’s exactly what we give you! Each brand we carry offers its special stand-out features. Every company wants to be on our site, but we won’t put them up unless they offer something unique.

Contributor’s Guidelines

EAC is a proud sponsor of Leave No Trace . All articles & photos that appear in the website must adhere to Leave No Trace’s ecologically friendly practices. Likewise, we do not promote motorized use in the Hiking Gear & Camping Supplies.

Our readers are knowledgeable & experienced backpackers; therefore we accept only authentic, well-researched, well-crafted stories. We’re not interested in faithful imitations of stories we’ve already done, but studying the examples that follow should help you grasp our style and mission. As always, you should carefully consider several issues of the website before submitting a query. The best articles have style, depth, emotional impact, and takeaway value for the reader.

Good Camping articles contain the following attributes:

Foot-based travel – EAC primarily covers hiking. When warranted, we include canoeing, kayaking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and other human-powered modes of travel.
Wilderness or backcountry – the real backpacking experience means getting away from the trailhead & into the wilds. All of the places we write about need an overnight commitment, at a minimum, in the camping .
While a significant portion of EAC is written by staff and regular contributors, we encourage freelance authors to submit query letters for features . Approximately 30% of our features & over half of our departments are written by freelancers. Please note that it’s rare for a writer new to EAC to break into the magazine with a feature assignment.

Features

EAC features usually fall into one of the several distinct categories: destinations, personality, technique, or gear. Gear features are staff written. To make the grade, a potential function needs a memorable hook, a compelling story, a passionate sense of place, or unique individuals finding unique ways to improve or enjoy the wilderness.

Destinations: EAC uses pieces that go beyond a mere description of a trail or place. Our destination stories are almost always the first person and based on the author’s recent trip experience. Readers should come away with a strong sense of that particular outdoor experience, a firm grasp of the location’s character, and the inspiration to duplicate the trip. Journal-style articles are unacceptable. Typical word count is 1250-1750 words, plus a full Expedition sidebar (contact, guidebook, permit, hazards, season, map, & other useful information; look at past camping issues for examples and style).

Personality: Camping doesn’t have star athletes like you find in bicycling or some other outdoor sports, but plenty of unique characters exist to write about. Colorful, controversial, historically significant, amusing, unusual, or unique people are what we’re looking for, especially those that have a direct impact on how or where others hike.

Technique: skill-based articles in EAC feature high levels of taking away value. A good technique piece also has information relevant to all skill levels (e.g., beginner, intermediate, and advanced hikers). Often our technology pieces take non-narrative forms.

Gear: Our comparative gear reviews are always written by writers we’ve worked with before. If you’re interested in writing such articles, start by querying one of our gear editors about the Outfitting department.

SECTIONS
Freelancers most often break into EAC ‘s pages i. These shorter assignments (100 to 1200 word) have specific topics and focus:

KnowHow (previously Technique, Basics, and Gearworks) – uses highly graphic and visual treatment to present techniques and skills to the reader, including repairing and making gear.

Review– this section is filled with short reviews of gear that has been field-tested. Note: Outfitting, unlike the other departments, is done by assignment only. Instead of submitting a query regarding a particular piece of equipment, ask the computer editor with your qualifications for testing and reviewing gear. All gear reviewed in Outfitting is acquired by EAC editors only by us to assigned reviewers.

Wilderness – short, fact-filled destination pieces on trails that can be hiked in a weekend. Destinations must be backcountry and offer overnight camping.

Most EAC departments take a single topic within the scope of that section and cover it thoroughly. Again, the more takeaway value for the reader, the more appropriate it is for Everything About Camping. The exception to this is:

Camping -Camping columns are no more than 1,200-word essays depicting the experiences we have and the lessons we learn while hiking deep in the backcountry. They are often first-person, sometimes humorous, philosophical, but always a tale well told. Other parts of EAC deal with the “how-to” or “where to” or even the “with what” of camping. In this column, we turn more to the reasons why we are camping, why we continue to seek out the beauty and lessons of the camping . Camping columns do not use photographs; EAC ‘s art staff provides the illustrations.

Accuracy

EAC  prides itself on providing outdoor enthusiasts with reliable information. It’s important that our contributors check all facts and figures. A full set of guidelines for fact checking will be given to you with your first contracted assignment for us. In general, however, we require:

Confirmation of all facts and figures used within an article from a primary source.
For medical, nutrition, and technical advice, direct quotes from accepted professionals or experts.
Full contact information for every source used in creating an article.
Extra copy for our files of any map, catalog, brochure, or other primary source you may have acquired from a land agency or manufacturer.

Queries
Except for Backcountry, we prefer questions to completed works. Send samples of your published work with your first query. Include a SASE envelope if your samples must be returned. We are not responsible for the unsolicited artwork, photographs, and manuscripts, so please don’t send originals or anything that you can’t afford to lose.

Allow 6-8 weeks for replies. All queries should be sent to the appropriate editor.
All EAC assignments are made in writing, and require a signed contract with you, the freelance author, to be valid. The contract will specify payment amount, payment terms, and rights purchased. In general, we pay on acceptance and buy all rights.

 

Photography

EAC uses both stock photography as well as assigns photographers for camping -sponsored trips. We use high-quality color transparencies in any format. We prefer to use photography that meets the following requirements:

The activity shown does not violate local agency guidelines or Leave No Trace principles (e.g., unless explicitly allowed in that location, no tents within 200 feet of water).
No visible roads and no front country shots, unless specifically required by the article. EAC is about the camping experience and hiking in wild lands; photos taken at scenic outlooks on a road are not what the camping experience is about.

Packs and equipment shown in photos should reflect backpacking, not day hiking or car camping. We’re not likely to run a picture of someone wearing a fanny pack on a trail, nor are we likely to use a photo showing someone cooking on a two-burner stove set up on a campground table.

Because we use unbleached, recycled paper stock for the magazine, transparencies shot on film that saturates colors work best for us (e.g., Fuji Velvia, Fuji Provia, Kodak Ektachrome 100VS, etc.). This is particularly the case for gear photos.

Other things that we look for in photos, especially in gear shots for use in technique stories or Outfitting:

Hikers should not be shown wearing sneakers or jeans. At least one person should be in every shot to give a sense of scale to the equipment.

No dogs in the photo (unless we’ve requested it).
Packs should fit the hiker properly, and features like bottle holders should be utilized.
Tents should be fully staked out, and the fly should be tight.
Smaller products, such as purifiers, stoves, and headlamps, should be shot in use.
A variety of images to choose from (two or three dozen), both vertical and horizontal, as well as varying viewpoints and framing.

Stock Requirements: while we use a large amount of stock photography to illustrate articles, we usually have particular requirements (e.g., “overnight hiker McConnell Lake Trail, Desolation Wilderness, preferably with Horseshoe Lake in the background”). For each issue, our photo editor sends out via email a list of photos we need for upcoming articles. If you believe you have stock photos that may meet our needs, contact EDITOR(editor@everything-about-camping.com) indicating your interest in receiving our monthly call list. We require an inventory list and a leave-behind example of your work. Portfolios are welcome, however, please contact us first to let us know it’s coming. If your work meets our photographic standards, you will be added to our database.

Assignments: EAC is one of the few website that still hire photographers on a contract basis and sends them out on assignment. These jobs are grueling, as they often involve lots of mileage over rough terrain. Not only that, but you have to get your pictures while moving through the terrain, carrying your photo and backpacking gear. Because we’re a small web publication, our budgets and time restraints are quite restrictive in this area. Thus we tend to work only with photographers that we know to be capable of always bringing back results, no matter what the conditions. Interested photographers should contact photo editor  and be prepared to present a portfolio of photographs taken .