Agreed, it's worth it if one is normally intersted in a handful of articles each year. However, I am a bit put off by the lack of an online or electronic version. It's becoming pretty commonplace with the subscriptions to offer some non-paper alternative. Hell, I even get The Economist in an audio version.
FWIW, I sent them an email letting them know I'm interested in subscribing, but only if such an option is offered.
edit: to clarify, I emailed backpacker mag, not deekins :-)