Boulder, CO – On Monday, July 27, BACKPACKER Gear Editor Kristin Hostetter appeared on NBC’s Today Show with Meredith Vieira and Ann Curry to showcase her picks of camping gear for the summer season. This segment was part of NBC’s Today Show’s travel series “Today Takes A Vacation.”
On location at the Sagamore Hotel in Lake George, NY, Hostetter featured family camping favorites that included the following:
- Big Agnes Big House 4 Tent
- Thermarest Sleep and Chair Systems
- Coleman Fold and Go Grill
- Kelty Kitchen Sink
- Deuter KangaKid Backpack
- Coleman LED Quad Lantern
In this rugged economy, more Americans are heading to the wilderness this year for a vacation in the great outdoors than ever before. In a recent survey released by the 2009 Outdoor Recreation Participation Report from the Outdoor Foundation, overnight backpacking (more than a quarter mile from a vehicle or home) has grown 18.5% in just one year—making camping/backpacking of the largest growth categories among all outdoor activities.
Backpacker (www.backpacker.com) brings the outdoors straight to the reader's doorstep, inspiring and enabling them to go more places and enjoy nature more often. The authority on active adventure, Backpacker is the world's first GPS-enabled magazine and website, and the only outdoor media whose editors personally test the hiking trails, camping gear, and survival tips they publish. Backpacker's Editors' Choice Awards, an industry honor recognizing design, feature and product innovation, has become the gold standard against which all other outdoor-industry awards are measured. And the magazine recently launched mobile media applications that allow users to text-message hiking maps and directions to their phones. In the last four years, Backpacker has won five National Magazine Awards, the publishing industry’s highest honor. In 2008, the magazine won the NMA for General Excellence, joining The New Yorker, Mother Jones, GQ, and National Geographic as top winners in their respective size categories. In 2009, it won three awards, including General Excellence Online. Backpacker has also won numerous other print, design, and digital awards, and its writers have been recognized in prestigious contests and best-of-the-year anthologies.