The magazine didn’t actually start as a magazine. The very first edition and inaugural season was printed on broadsheet newsprint. Why you might be thinking….well, affordability. If we started on gloss, chances are good we mightn’t have made it. However, through the efforts of some passionate owners, employees, passionate contributors, friends and some clients that ‘believed’, we did it. Was it easy? Absolutely not. Has the magazine evolved…well, that’s where we find ourselves now. The print editions will continue to exist until our readers tell us otherwise. However, future survival will be about the digital experience and all the additional things digital will allow us to present to you. It’s going to be an exciting ride.
Was it Easy?
Now lets back the bus up even further. Andrew Goldsworthy, the founder of Sledworthy Magazine has shared the story of how his family’s passion for snowmobiling and winter adventure lead to the creation of Sledworthy Magazine. Back in the early 1980’s, Andrew’s Dad (Bob Goldsworthy) would do week long winter snowmobile adventures through the interior of Newfoundland. These adventures were accompanied by Ervin Locke, Don Baker and the Drodge Brothers (Andy and Charlie). You could say this was the original crew. After each trip, Bob would tell both Andrew and John (Andrew’s older brother) all about the great adventures, the conditions, how they traversed situations, the wildlife and some of the antics of the crew. On one occasion, Bob said to the boys “we should start writing down these stories, I bet someone would find them interesting.” It was that comment that stayed with Andrew for many years.
Now Andrew admits to being the type of kid that only thought about winter snowmobiling. Every picture was that of a sled and every school book was doodled to death with sled drawings. Lego block creations were sleds and even dreams were about snow and sledding.