Rucksack Readers® is an award-winning publisher and the only specialist in guidebooks for long-distance walkers in the UK, perhaps in the world. Jacquetta Megarry founded it in 2000 to create guidebooks in a rucksack-friendly format. On her first long-distance walk, the West Highland Way, she had found the traditional design of guidebook impractical, and began to devise a waterproof, lightweight, open-flat format with built-in mapping.
After summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, she put her idea into production and by 2016 there were 35 titles in print, many on their 3rd, 4th and 5th editions. Her experience on an Aconcagua expedition in 2003 led her to devise the Rucksack Pocket Summits series for climbers of the world's continental summits. Four ascents of Kili (each by a different route) and other high-altitude trekking deepened her interest in preventing and managing altitude sickness. Rucksack Readers sponsored the Xtreme Everest project and Jacquetta was one of 200+ volunteers to complete a trek to Everest Base Camp, with daily physical testing and an exhaustive and exhausting battery of medical tests at five altitudes from sea level to 5300 m (17,225 ft).
You can listen here to Mark Stephen's 6-minute radio interview with Jacquetta: Out of Doors on 10.2.07. There was a feature about her in the Scotsman (17.2.07, Magazine p.38) and she was interviewed online by Vulpes Libris in 2008. She was featured by the Independent Publishers Guild blog in 2017 here.
She works from her Edinburgh base with a talented core team spread across central Scotland: Ian Clydesdale (WorkHorse) for design of the books and pages, Dan Champion for website design and Booksource in Glasgow for UK distribution. The team of Rucksack Readers authors numbers about 20 and the support staff include a labrador Toby who is still in training.
Jacquetta welcomes contact with customers. Normally, she replies promptly to suggestions: please send any ideas (about the books, the website or future titles) by email. She began her blog in March 2007.