About Backcountry2021-06-13T17:52:33+13:00

About Backcountry

Editor Peter Laurenson, with a small hard working team, produce ‘Backcountry – the quarterly bulletin of the Federated Mountain Clubs’. Our flagship publication is published four times a year, providing vital links between members and outside agencies. Backcountry forms a rich archive of otherwise unpublished material.

The editorial direction of Backcountry is to provide news, articles and a forum for debate for users of New Zealand’s public lands, especially members of FMC-affiliated clubs.The content of Backcountry is decided by the editor. An executive committee will consider concerns relating to published items. Write to FMC, PO Box 1604 Wellington.

You can read back copies of the magazine here on our website:

Contact the Editor

You can contact the editor directly be email: backcountry@fmc.org.nz.

Including the FMC Discount Card

Those who financially contribute to FMC can get a FMC Discount card.  You can get an initial card after signing up, and then an annual card with the June issue of Backcountry. The card entitles the holder to many discounts, including 30% off the DOC Annual Hut Pass.

How to get your copy and your FMC discount card

  • Via affiliated clubs. Copies of Backcountry (plus the FMC Discount Card) are provided free to affiliated clubs, which pass them on to their members. (Here’s how to affiliate your club).
  • D2U (“Direct to you”): Current members of affiliated clubs may opt to receive their copy of Backcountry and their FMC Discount card directly from FMC, for $20 annually. (Sign up to D2U)
  •  Supporters of FMC: Individuals, young people and families may become supporters of FMC for an annual fee. Supporters receive Backcountry and the FMC Discount Card. (Become a supporter now)
  • Via a FMC Youth Leader at your School: Copies of Backcountry (plus the FMC Discount Card) are available to year 12&13 students studying outdoor recreation Unit Standards. (Sign up as a FMC Youth Leader now)

Libraries Subscription: Backcountry is available to organisations and libraries for $30 (overseas $40) per year by contacting our administrator.

Any queries about distribution, affiliation or subscription should be directed to the FMC Administrator.

Advertising Enquiries

Contact us via email:   adverts@fmc.org.nz  or download the Backcountry advertising rate schedule to see what is available.

Key Dates for 2021

Issue Editorial Deadline Advertising Deadline Issue to Clubs
MARCH 27 January 12February Late – March
JUNE 12 April 30 April Mid – June
AUGUST 28 June 16 July Late – August
NOVEMBER 20 September 8 October Mid – November


Intending contributors should send drafts or discuss their proposals with the editor (backcountry@fmc.org.nz) well ahead of the editorial deadline. Images should be .tif or .jpeg files between 1-5 Mb. Letters to the editor and brief Noticeboard items may be sent without prior notice at any time before the deadline.