About Seattle Backpackers Magazine

Seattle Backpackers Magazine is your online source for backpacking, hiking, climbing, and camping. This is the place to go when you can’t go backpacking! We publish daily with articles that include the core interests of outdoor adventurers and enthusiasts. Find what you need here, whether it’s local or global. And tell us what you’d like to see. Join the community of trail lovers, mountain seekers and adventurers.

Seattle Backpackers Magazine was founded in 2010 by Cameron Ownbey and Erika Klimecky. They found that they enjoyed the outdoors more when they could share what they knew with the greater outdoor-loving community.

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Our Team

Cameron Ownbey – Owner, Marketing and Social Media Manager

Cameron Ownbey

Cameron is a NW Native that did his stint in the Boy Scouts in the Seattle Area.  Cameron has been an outdoor enthusiast from a young age.  While having moved and lived in a multitude of places he decided to get back to his roots and settle in as close to the outdoors as possible.  Cameron manages Social Media and Marketing for SBM.





Isaac Tait  – Gear Manager

Isaac Tait

Isaac Tait manages all the gear for review on SBM and also writes a fair amount, too. He has been a rock climber and backpacker for over two decades and a skier for three years. He also spent nearly ten years in the Marine Corps Infantry with two tours overseas. He is a member of the American Alpine Club (AAC), Mountain Rescue Association (MRA), American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA), and is nationally certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). In the course of his adventures he has discovered a love for outdoor leadership and education and is pursuing his certification as a mountain guide. In his spare time he can be found exploring the wild-lands surrounding his new home in the greater Washington DC area.


Along with our editorial and management staff, Seattle Backpackers maintains a core team of contributors. Click on an author’s name within an article to see a full list of his/her work.