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Backpacker Launches “Trail Tours” Podcast Series
Rocky Mountain editor Steve Howe bringing listeners along on his 220-mile
EMMAUS, PA, August 30, 2006 – As part of its continuing efforts to expand upon the popularity
of its initial podcasting efforts, Backpacker magazine has this week launched “Trail Tours,” a new
podcast series providing narrated guides to popular North American trails. The first tour features
the magazine’s Rocky Mountain editor, Steve Howe, as he thru-hikes California’s 220-mile Sierra
All podcasts, which will continue through September (assuming Howe finishes his solo hike on
this extremely remote and rugged route), can be heard at www.backpacker.com/podcasts, where
his day-to-day progress can also be tracked via an interactive overview map.
This marks the third major podcasting initiative for Backpacker in the past eight weeks, following
Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Dorn’s 52-podcast series throughout his 10 days as a competitor in the
500-mile Primal Quest adventure race through Utah in late June/early July, as well as the podcast
series featuring many of the leading names and innovators in the outdoor industry produced
during the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City August 10-13.
Howe will file reports throughout his trek across the High Sierra, which began this past weekend.
The mostly off-trail route features some of the most spectacular terrain in California, though the
difficult nature of the route presents many safety and navigation challenges for Howe to conquer
and recount for listeners.
"We’re learning as we go with our podcast efforts, but what we’ve done so far has been incredibly
really well received by our readers,” said Dorn. “Steve has graciously agreed to be our ‘guinea
pig’ in documenting a hiker’s experience on an actual trail—and a difficult one at that—and we
plan to use everything we’re learning