About Backcountry2019-11-04T08:19:05+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 Backcountry forms a rich archive of otherwise unpublished material.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.


Contact the Editor

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


Members of affiliated clubs receive Backcountry through their clubs.

FMC also has an Individual Supporter option for people that want to suppport our work and recieve Backcountry.

Backcountry-only subscriptions (Available only to Libraries) are $25 – contact the Administrator: admin@fmc.org.nz

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 2020

Issue Editorial Deadline Advertising Deadline Issue to Clubs
MARCH 27 January 14 February Late – March
JUNE 13 April 1 May Mid – June
AUGUST 19 June 10 July Late – August
NOVEMBER 14 September 9 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. Letters to the editor and brief Noticeboard items may be sent without prior notice at any time before the deadline.


Individual Supporters have Backcountry mailed directly to them. Backcountry is otherwise distributed through affiliated clubs, schools or tertiary institutions.

Any queries about distribution should be directed to the Administrator: admin@fmc.org.nz