Have you taken a backcountry trip you’d like to write about? In order to share as many trip reports as possible, most trip reports are written by guides, community members and fellow outdoor enthusiasts.
Trip Reports currently pays between $75 and $125 CAD for each trip report, depending on length and location (see details below). You will also receive an author bio and links to your website / social media channels.
Why am I compensating people for writing reports? To ensure the people using the website have access to the best information, I have high standards for the quality and comprehensiveness of each trip report. It takes time to write these reports and I want contributors to be compensated for their time.
Updated: June 10th, 2022
How it Works
Send me your pitch. Using the email address below, tell me the destination and route you completed. Currently, I’m accepting backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, and backcountry skiing routes!
Write your trip report. Once we have confirmed your route, write your report. Please use the template provided and refer to example trip reports on the site. Be thorough and ensure everything is as accurate as possible. First and foremost, the report should be informative. You can also add your personality with trip tips and anecdotes – be creative!
Create your map. Each of the trip reports contains a custom map with the starting point, ending point, campsites, portages and special features marked. If you have GPS coordinates for your route, you can send the GPX, KML or KMZ file to me directly.
If you don’t have GPS coordinates, you’ll need to make a map. Please create a Google Map to accompany your report – if you’ve never made a custom Google Map before, here is a tutorial.
Send your trip report. I will review it and may make minor edits for consistency. Then we will confirm payment, pay you and post your trip report!
See it published!
Trip Report Requirements
- Follow the template. To ensure consistency across trip reports, you should follow the template as closely as possible. If the template is not followed, or there are lots of missing pieces, I’ll be coming back to you for revisions. Here is the template.
- Keep the length between 1,500 and 3,500 words. Naturally, the longer the trip, the longer the report. Typically, trip reports must be a minimum of 1,500 words to be accepted, as this is what I’ve found to be the minimum length to ensure sufficient detail.
- Submit some photos. The template contains instructions for sending photos.
If you are interested in sending a pitch, please send an email to email@example.com.
Here is an example trip report for a backpacking route.
Here is an example trip report for a canoeing route.
Details on Compensation
Note: The compensation structure has recently been updated to reflect the new requirements. See details here.
Compensation is determined based on the length of the trip.
- 1 – 2 nights: $75
- 3 – 4 nights: $100
- 5 – 7 nights: $125
- Rates for trips longer than one week are determined on a case-by-case basis