BACKPACKER, the ultimate authority on hiking, camping, survival skills, and outdoor adventure is now available for iPad and iPhone. BACKPACKER will inspire you to discover new places and explore nature wherever you are in the world when you purchase a single copy or one of our subscription plans.

Backpacker Magazine subscription options and terms:
Annual 12 Month Subscription (9 issues): $14.99
Monthly subscription: $1.99/month (1 issue)
Single Issue: $3.99; Annual Gear Guide: $6.99

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What's New

Version 1.1.31

iOS 11 Update

Ratings and Reviews

BACKPACKER is awesome - Staff very helpful!


Ok, I'm not a backpacker...yet. I love the vast, natural beauty this country has to offer, but have until now chosen to get to it by car or motorcycle, occasionally setting out on day hikes. My son prefers to see the country by hiking in. He made this statement to me the other day: "I just prefer to see things that no one else, or very few people, have ever seen." Okay, he peaked my interest. I have taken thousands of photos around America from the same vantage point of millions of other people. I'm gonna do it differently now, and BACKPACKER was a great choice to help me learn about doing that. The awesome destinations displayed by photography, maps, and commentary are relevant and interesting, and the product guides and informational articles are helpful whether you're a novice like me or an experienced hiker. The magazine is worth the few dollars it costs for the photos alone! I had a small software glitch accessing my first issue, but within hours of my email Anthony responded to me, then he worked with the app developer to correct my problem and get me up and running. Well worth the wait, and these guys obviously love their product! I don't get the reviews I've read that slam this app! I've never seen a perfect computer app, so as long as the people behind the app care, it'll work. THANKS ANTHONY!

Dream App


I have been a print subscriber and hike contributer for about 10 years and I decided to let my subscription run out in favor of a digital version. I would have to say that this app is everything I hoped it would be and more. I downloaded the free app, but found the purchasing option was not working correctly showing an error message everytime I selected the option to purchase the subscription. I emailed backpacker support and within 5 minutes had the help I needed. Once the subscription was finalized and the latest issue downloaded I was treated to a reading experience. Most gear reviews come with an embeded link to quickly view the product website and even came with options for immediate purchases. The extra photos, video and audio demonstrations of skills/gear/ added to an easy to navigate layout make this one of my favorite Ipad purchases of all time. Another huge plus for a digital copy of the magazine for me is the fact I can have all my copies archieved to review the information I need when I need a skill or trip to recall. Great App!!

Getting better and better with the navigation


The app version that I originally purchased was rather clunky, making it a chore to read the digital copy. HOWEVER, the updated app improvements are making this a joy to read on the iPad again. The video and audio extras also assist with a good experience. Granted that many mags give hard copy subscribers the digital as a bonus ("The Week" magazine is the current benchmark IMHO), but since I didn't have an original hard copy subscription as some others, my angst is more limited than theirs. 3 star vs a 4 star rating is for this, though.

I did have the subscription error that others reported here (after the app updated) and contacted the magazine inquiring on what to do? A gent responded very quickly and fixed it right up after a quick iPad restart. My email did not languish on some server for a couple of days which is appreciated.

With the current app's improved navigation, I see my myself renewing this subscription beyond the current year which I suppose counts as an endorsement.


Active Interest Media
50.8 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
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In-App Purchases
  1. Backpacker Subscription $14.99
  2. Backpacker Subscription $1.99
  3. BACKPACKER Survival School Lesson 1: Hazards $2.99


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