Summer hiking season's on, and Backpacker Magazine is looking for a few good hikers to help them expand their digital map room and make even more miles of trails available for download to GPS units, smartphones, and computers. All you need is a GPS unit, a love of the outdoors, and a bit of a gear fetish.
Potential prizes await for all contributors - with the most productive contributor earning a closet-full of Editors Choice gear and an epic trip to the Colorado Rocky Mountains with our map editors.
Backpacker Magazine wants quality trips; with 1-2 pictures per mile (at least 5 images per hike), waypoints for key points-of-interest on the route (trail junctions, water sources, campsites, summits, overlooks, tricky spots, etc.), and, if you can, on-trail video clips. (Here's a near-perfect example on Olympic NP's Hoh River) Your trip could end up in the magazine.
Additionally, each trip you submit enters you in a raffle for a monthly piece of gear; the more trips you submit, the better your chances for winning that month's piece of gear.
But it gets better: By the time hiking season ends in November, Backpacker will count all your submitted trips, and the person with the most gets a full complement of Editors' Choice 2010 gear AND a trip out for an epic adventure in a secret spot in Colorado's Rockies.
If you're interested, just click on to the official BACKPACKER Map Contributor contest page.
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