This Fall is putting on it’s first video contest. We have some great prizes to give a way. The contest will run from September 21st thru December 21st.

Prizes will include:
Flip Mino HD A $200 Value
Magellan Triton 400 GPS & AdventurePackā„¢ A $200 Value
A National Parks Pass A $80 Value
A TrekLightGear Hammock
and other great prizes


Just upload your video on YouTube and TAG it “thebackpackertvcontest“. It will automatically appear on our Video Contest Page. It MUST be tagged “thebackpackertvcontest” We will also add it to our TheBackpacker TV Youtube site. If you don’t an account on YouTube, you can e-mail it to us. You must have a DropSend Account, you can e-mail us the video at and we will do the rest.

Official Rules:

Contest will run from September 21st 2009 to December 21st 2009. Official Judging will begin on December 21st. Winners will be announced on December 22nd. (Make sure you check your YouTube e-mail if you win for shipping instructions)

Videos must be shot between the contest dates. NO old videos or videos from other contests. Older videos will not qualify.

Prizes will ship directly in one week after the announcement. (Make sure you check your YouTube e-mail if you win for shipping instructions)

All video’s must be no more than 6 minutes in length. A few seconds short or long will be ok. But anything longer than 6:15 won’t be judged.

Once logged into your YouTube Account, follow the links and instructions to upload a video and tag them “thebackpackertvcontest”. By uploading your Submission, you agree that your Submission conforms to the Submission Guidelines as defined by YouTube

You may upload up to 3 video’s per YouTube User

We recommended (but does not have to be) resolutions of 1280 x 720 (16×9 HD) and 640 x 480 (4:3 SD);

The Submission must be participants original creation and owned one hundred percent (100%) by the entrant; and The Submission cannot have been submitted previously in a promotion of any kind or exhibited or displayed publicly through any means. (in other words, no old videos…what fun is that anyway?)

NO SPAM. Please refrain from putting watermarks on your video. A title page, or ending page, or trail information will be permitted. No advertising.

Winner Determination: During the Judging Phase, a panel of 3 judges in its sole discretion will select (3) unique winners from among all eligible Submissions based on the following criteria:

Best All Around Backpacking Video (See our post about shooting landscapes)

Best Trail Vlog (Explanation of Trail or Park)

If you want some good examples, visit our YouTube Page and check out our Favorites. Read our post about some good cameras to bring and software to use are here.

Have fun, and good luck! Post questions below. See you on the Trail


Feel free to contact me at any time. Started Backpacking in 2003 and have never looked back. My all time favorite hike was last April when I hiked the Sycamore Wilderness Canyon. No trails, no signs, just wilderness and a 3,000 foot steep drop into the Canyon. I ran out of water my third day. Why? There was no water in the Canyon. You can check out my video on the "" page. Thanks for dropping by.

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