January 12, 2014 by Eric Hanson General, Photography 2

BACKPACKER Magazine Gear Tester

BACKPACKER Magazine Gear Tester

I’ve long held the belief that if you pursue what you are passionate about, good things will happen. I’ve always loved the outdoors, hiking and exploring, photography and writing. And those things have always had their own intrinsic reward. Simply getting out and being in nature, photographing a sunset or a slot canyon, has been rewarding enough by itself that if I spent my life on that, I would be happy and feel like I had a life well spent.

Finding what you love doing might just be your most important job here on earth. If you love what you do, regardless of your bank account, you are a rich man.

BACKPACKER magSo to have an opportunity like what just presented itself, well, it just feels like an extra special blessing on top of all the other things I am grateful for.

I recently received some exciting news. BACKPACKER Magazine has selected me to be one of their four new gear testers for 2014. I will also be working with them at the upcoming Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City.

Hundreds of outdoor companies will be represented at the Outdoor Retailer show. I will be there reporting on what’s new and exciting in the Outdoor industry and writing several pieces per day for BACKPACKER’s online outlets.

This is a big deal for me personally, as I have for years considered BACKPACKER to be in my “top 3” magazines I want to contribute to (the other two are OUTSIDE and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC). I can’t wait to get up to Salt Lake and be working alongside several editors and other gear testers for BACKPACKER.

Be sure to follow along January 21-25 as I’ll be posting stuff daily about what’s going on at the OR show!

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the video pitch I put together for BACKPACKER that won me a spot.


Backpacker Magazine Gear Tester from Eric Hanson on Vimeo.


Photographer, filmmaker, journalist, adventurer. I'm somewhere, maybe Flagstaff, AZ.

2 comments on this post

  1. Helena

    January 16, 2014

    Okay, that’s pretty legit! Hello free swag and getting paid to use it!

    • Eric Hanson

      January 18, 2014

      Yeah not a bad gig at all! I am very excited.


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