154: Kristin Hostetter- From Backpacker to SNEWS, creating great outdoor content

March 26, 2019

Kristin tells us how she got her first media job with Backpacker and all the fun stuff she got to work on, her transition to SNEWS, and we talk about their beautiful new publication The Voice.

Show Notes

First Exposure to the Outdoors

I kind of found my way into the outdoors myself. I grew up on Cape Cod and my family was never into hiking or camping or anything like that. We were a big ski family. So we would travel up to Vermont. We had a place in Stowe, Vermont and we’d ski almost every weekend from the time I was about three.

And the very first time that I did I camp was on a sixth grade field trip to Mount Washington. One of my friends unearthed a photograph a few years ago and posted it on Instagram and it was hysterical. I had forgotten all about that trip. But then, as these things happen, you start to remember oh my God, I do remember climbing Mount Washington and summiting and thinking how amazing it was. I just loved the feeling of being up there in the mountains. It wasn’t until after I graduated from college that I had my next camping experience.

Things we talked about

SNEWS

The Voice

Backpacker

Active Interest Media

Whisper Light Stove

Clip FlashLight Tent

Erewhon Outfitters

Plastic Impact Promise

Salary Survey

Conservation Alliance

Camber Outdoors

Big City Mountaineers

Outdoor Foundation

Outdoor Industry Association

Outdoor Activities

Skiing

Backpacking

Trekking

Advice, tips

The best thing that you can do if you’re passionate about the outdoors and getting into the business is to just stick with it. I mean, for me, I basically nagged my way into a job. I think if you know it’s what you want, don’t take no for an answer. And you just keep trying and keep trying and keep trying until you break in. Because we are a passion based industry and people who do the hiring in this industry, they want that. Yeah. It’s the to success. I think just sticking to it and meeting people and networking, that’s a big thing I think.

Favorite Books and Podcast

Dispatches by Outside Magazine

Channel Mastery by Kristin Carpenter Ogden

Shantaram by David Gregory Roberts

Push by Tommy Caldwell

Favorite Piece of Gear under $100

Buff

Connect with Kristin

khostetter@aimmedia.com

 

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