Top Hiking and Outdoors Travel Bloggers Discovered in New Readers' Choice Poll

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Winners in the 10Best Readers’ Choice New Media Award for Best Hiking and Outdoors Travel Blogger have just been announced after a four-week voting period ended earlier this week. The winners are as follows:

  • The Campsite
    Meghan J. Ward

    From innovative ideas that spur adventure to subjects of conversation and debate, Meghan J. Ward’s The Campsite is all about sharing and learning from one another. Readers walk away with an enhanced experience that they can bring to their adventures and travels: a desire to tune into the inner journey along the way and to answer the insatiable questions surrounding why they do what they do.

  • So Many Places
    Kim Dinan

    Kim Dinan’s So Many Places blog is meant to inspire others to go out and explore the planet or simply spend more time outdoors. As Backpacker Magazine’s Get Out More Tour Ambassadors, she’s road-tripping across the U.S. from March 2014- October 2014 to give presentations about backpacking, outdoor gear and travel at outdoor retailers across the country. 

  • The Big Outside
    Michael Lanza

    Michael Lanza started The Big Outside with a simple mission: to offer stories, photos, and expert trip-planning advice on America’s and the world’s best outdoor adventures–including many that are great for families. Most importantly, these stories are based on his on-the-ground, first-hand knowledge from having done all of the trips himself. 

  • Section Hiker
    Philip Werner

    Philip Werner’s site is named Section Hiker, which refers to the Appalachian Trail that he’s been hiking section by section since 2007. But while he loves backpacking, he’s also a compulsive day hiker, peak bagger, and bushwhacker, sharing his experiences in his blog.

  • Living on Life
    Michelle Eady

    Michelle Eady describes herself as a Canadian girl who is addicted to whitewater, rock music and s'mores. Her love for the outdoors involves a passion for extreme sports, as well as trying to live an eco-friendly lifestyle. She writes about her experiences traveling across the globe and enjoying the four seasons on her blog, Living on Life.

  • Hiking Forward
    Scott Gauvin

    Scott Gauvin has immersed himself into the outdoor experiences of the National Parks, the Appalachian Trail, thru-hikes in general, other trails around the country as well as the works of the great John Muir. By no means an expert, he writes his Hiking Forward blog as a way to organize his experiences, share the wealth of knowledge and hopefully encourage others along the way.

  • Just A Colorado Gal
    Heather Balogh

    Heather Balogh’s Just A Colorado Gal is full of stories about her adventures, mishaps and discoveries in the mountains of Colorado and around the world. She’s been on various cycling expeditions across the globe, participated in triathlons and is an avid skier and almost-fearless outdoors woman.

  • SoCal Hiker
    Jeff Hester

    Jeff Hester created SoCal Hiker while preparing to thru-hike the John Muir Trail. His goal is to create guides for the best hiking trails throughout Southern California--and occasionally beyond. He personally hikes each trail to create his guides, sharing practical advice on gear and needed outdoor skills.

  • Modern Hiker
    Casey Schreiner

    Casey Schreiner’s Modern Hiker is home to an active and engaged community of outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. From pre-work trail runners to day-hikers, backpackers, car campers, rock climbers, National Parks junkies, family strollers, mountaineers, yogis, and everything in between – they all have found that special, unnamable bond that comes from enjoying being outside.

  • Appalachian Trials
    Zach Davis

    Zach Davis successfully thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2011. It was his first hiking trip – ever. He attributes his success to his belief that thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail was a mental challenge above all else. Through his site, Appalachian Trials, he shares the experiences of other hikers as well as the exercises he used to prepare his mind in months leading up to his 2,200 mile adventure. 

  1. Zach Davis (Appalachian Trials)
  2. Casey Schreiner (Modern Hiker)
  3. Jeff Hester (SoCal Hiker)
  4. Heather Balogh (Just A Colorado Gal)
  5. Scott Gauvin (Hiking Forward)
  6. Michelle Eady (Living on Life)
  7. Philip Werner (Section Hiker)
  8. Michael Lanza (The Big Outside
  9. Kim Dinan (So Many Places)
  10. Meghan J. Ward (The Campsite)

A panel of experts picked 20 initial nominees, and winners were then determined by popular vote. Experts Adam Nutting (Hiking the Trail) and Paul Osborn (The Outdoor Adventure) were chosen based on their extensive experience in social media and focus on hiking, trails and outdoor-adventure travel.

It was a tight race throughout the month of voting. Additional nominees included J.R. Absher (The Outdoor Pressroom), Fitz Cahill (The Dirtbag Diaries), Steve Casimiro (Adventure Journal), Brian Green (Brian's Backpacking Blog), Don George (Adventure Collection), Derek Loranger (100 Peaks), James Edward Mills (Joy Trip Project), Justin Rains (Great Wild Outdoors), Sarah Riley (Inspired Camping), and Paul Steele (Bald Hiker).

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners. The contest was promoted on 10Best and USA TODAY. Upcoming New Media Awards include Best Travel Photography Blogger, Best Traveling Vagabond Blogger and Best Luxury Travel Blogger.

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