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.
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 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
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
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