Away Ends Monthly Backpacker Magazine Prints Amid Layoffs
Backpacker Magazine is one of several publications owned by Outside, Inc. that would end monthly print publications this year. This decision is accompanied by dramatic layoffs at Outside which will reduce the media group’s 580 employees by 15%.
Outside was previously called Pocket Outdoor Media. CEO Robin Thurston bought the company in 2019 and has since added dozens of outdoor brands to its lineup. These include Hiker, rock and ice, and Fastest known time. In February 2021, Pocket purchased Outside magazine from longtime owner Larry Burke and renowned Outside, Inc.
Now, the company plans to reduce printing by around 80% as it focuses more on digital media and high-quality video content. “With this change, Outside has made the difficult but necessary decision to downsize. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has taken an active role in helping the brand progress towards our vision of being the leading platform for outdoor content, services and activities,” the media group said. in a written statement.
Hiker isn’t the only magazine on the chopping block. The exterior will eliminate the fitness magazine Oxygen and cycling periodicals Platoon and Beta together in the months to come. Meanwhile, most of Outside’s other publications (in addition to the brand’s flagship, Outside magazine) will be reduced to one or two issues printed per year at most.
Hiker has not released an official statement on the changes. As such, it’s not yet clear if the magazine is eliminating the print altogether or just cutting back.
so far, HikerThe print edition of appears nine times a year. Founded in 1973, it has long been the leading magazine for long-distance hiking enthusiasts alongside Outside magazine. It seems like Hiker will continue to produce digital content as usual, regardless of the fate of the print edition.
This website contains affiliate links, which means The Trek may receive a percentage of any product or service you purchase using the links in articles or advertisements. The buyer pays the same price as they otherwise would, and your purchase helps support The Trek’s ongoing goal of providing you with quality hiking advice and information. Thanks for your help!
To learn more, please visit the About This Site page.