Editorial Policy, Mission & Standards

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At HikingandFishing.com, our mission is to make the outdoors more accessible and safer by educating the public through the creation of valuable, accurate, and unbiased information. In doing so, we hope to foster a community that wants to preserve and protect the planet.


We are passionate about helping our readers make informed decisions, discover new adventures, and connect with nature in a sustainable way. To ensure the highest standards of quality and integrity in our content, we have established this editorial policy that guides our content creation process.


Quality Content and Actionable Advice

Our team of dedicated experts and outdoor enthusiasts are committed to producing high-quality content that is informative, engaging, and actionable. We strive to deliver practical advice, tips, and recommendations to help our readers get the most out of their outdoor pursuits. When reading our content, we want you to finish knowing that you can take what you’ve learned and actually implement it in your life and in your adventures. We want you to let us know whenever we don’t achieve this, so we can always improve.


Accuracy and Thorough Research

Accuracy is paramount in everything we publish. Our content undergoes rigorous research, fact-checking, and verification processes to ensure the information we present is up-to-date and reliable. We cite reputable sources and reference experts in the field to provide well-rounded and trustworthy insights.

In addition, our team is made up of outdoor experts. We are avid hikers, fisherman, skiers, mountaineers, backpackers, bikers, and just generally, nature and gear lovers. Because of this, we can take our experiences utilize our adventures to test and learn. When we recommend products, it is because our team and/or colleagues have tested them. When we give advice, it is often because we have learned things through experience, or through our own outdoor mentors.


Unbiased Recommendations

Transparency and objectivity are fundamental to our approach. While we may use affiliate links in some of our content, we want to emphasize that these partnerships do not influence our product recommendations or advice. Our editorial team independently selects products and services based solely on their merits, relevance, and value to our audience.


Inclusivity and Diversity

We are committed to creating an inclusive and diverse platform that welcomes individuals of all backgrounds, abilities, and identities. Our content aims to reflect the interests and needs of a broad audience, ensuring that everyone feels represented and valued in the outdoor community.

In the outdoor space, this can often most notably come in the form of beginners trying to enter a new sport. We want more people to explore and find passion in the outdoors. We believe the more people that love the outdoors will result in more people fighting to protect it, and adjusting lifestyles to protect it. Therefore, we don’t want to hide content, advice, or tips to beginners, we want to welcome them, and make it as easy as possible, to find a new passion.


Disclosure and Transparency

To maintain trust with our readers, we are transparent about our affiliations and business practices. Whenever we link products or retailers online, we almost always use affiliate links. Simply put, it is how we make money to support our content. We do our best to disclose this information in the respective articles, so our readers are fully aware of any potential partnerships.

We do sometimes receive products for testing. This never affects our reviews, as we will only recommend products that we truly like, and will highlight any shortcomings for products we don’t like.


User-First Approach

Our readers are at the heart of everything we do. We actively listen to their feedback and suggestions, which helps us continuously improve our content and user experience. We encourage open communication and strive to be responsive to our readers’ inquiries and comments.


Editorial Independence

Our editorial team maintains complete independence in the creation of content. We do not allow advertisers, sponsors, or external entities to influence the substance or tone of our articles. Our primary responsibility is to serve our readers with honest, valuable information.

By adhering to this editorial policy, we aim to build a community of outdoor enthusiasts who trust and rely on HikingandFishing.com for accurate, unbiased, and actionable guidance. We are committed to upholding these principles and continuously improving our content to better serve our readers.

Max DesMaraisIf you have any questions or concerns regarding our editorial policy or content, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We value your feedback and appreciate your support in our journey to be a leading resource in the outdoors space.


Max DesMarais Founder & Editor-in-Chief, HikingandFishing.com