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by John Shannon

Get "linked" to backpacking

Have you ever wondered where you might learn more about camping, hiking, or backpacking? In years past, the main ways have been reading books, subscribing to magazines, attending seminars, or joining clubs. While those learning avenues are excellent, there is another sometimes overlooked tool in many of your homes where you can learn even more...THE INTERNET! Over the last three years I have collected a few internet websites that some may find useful. The websites are categorized below, some with a short description of what they offer.

Of course, you can also visit all the major equipment supplier websites, such as www.rei.com as well.

Backpacking-related Articles

http://www.backpackinglight.com (some content requires subscription)

http://www.thebackpacker.com

http://www.backpacker.com

http://gorp.away.com

http://www.jwbasecamp.com (an interesting perspective on several topics)

http://www.footworkpub.com (online newsletter about foot care)


Gear Review/Testing

http://www.backpackgeartest.org (become a gear tester)

http://www.trailspace.com

http://www.gearfinder.com

http://www.outsidemag.com/gear/gearguy

http://www.gearreview.com


Gear Making

http://www.thru-hiker.com

http://www.homemadegear.com

http://www.bright.net/~mziegler/HomemadeGear/MakeYourOwnGear.htm

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MakeGear

http://www.rayjardine.com

http://wings.interfree.it (information about homemade stoves)

http://www.rockywoods.com (fabric seller)

http://www.owfinc.com (fabric seller)

http://www.shelby.fi/catalog/default.php (fabric seller)

http://www.specialtyoutdoors.com/tips/tips.asp (fabric seller)

http://www.noahlamport.com (fabric seller)

http://www.seattlefabrics.com (fabric seller)

 

Cooking/Nutrition

http://www.freezerbagcooking.com (method of low-maintenance cooking)

http://www.minimus.biz (sample sizes of condiments, first aid supplies, etc.)

http://www.kzpg.com/Backpacking/Stove/Stove_notes.htm (information about stoves)

http://www.justtomatoes.com (buy dried fruits and vegetables)

http://www.thru-hiker.com/articles.asp?subcat=12&cid=39 (article on nutrition)

http://zenstoves.net

http://www.wildernessdining.com/shopbybrand-maryjanesfarm.html (buy foods)

http://www.backpackerspantry.com (buy foods)

http://www.adventurefoods.com (buy foods)

http://www.alpineairefoods.com (buy foods)

 

Navigation/Mapping

http://www.backcountryattitude.com/navigation_map_compass.html

http://www.kifaru.net/navigate1.htm

http://www.map-reading.com/intro.php

http://www.topozone.com (plug-in or get coordinates from online topographic map)

http://www.mapmart.com (has quadrangle map)

http://libre.redjar.org/maps (download your own maps)

http://www.travelbygps.com

http://folk.uio.no/kjetikj/compass

http://www.princeton.edu/~oa/manual/mapcompass.shtml

 

Discussion Forums/Buy or Sell Used Gear

http://www.backpacking.net/bbs.html

http://www.whiteblaze.net

http://www.foottrails.com

http://forums.backpacker.com

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BackpackGearSwap

http://www.gearx.com

 

Journaling/Podcasting

http://www.trailcast.com (podcast about hiking)

http://www.trailjournals.com

http://www.pcta.org/planning/after_trip/journals/view_hiker.asp

 

Outdoor Skills

http://www.equipped.org/primer.htm

http://www.equipped.org/psp (good printable info in PDF file format)

http://outdoors-magazine.com

http://www.folsoms.net/knots

http://brmrg.med.virginia.edu/knots/knots.html

http://www.tollesburysc.co.uk/Knots/Knots_gallery.htm

http://www.netknots.com

 

Miscellaneous Sites

http://www.personal.dundee.ac.uk/~pjclinch/poles.htm (all about hiking poles)

http://www.hikinghq.net

http://bikerdave.murioi.com/shelter.html (list of shelters)

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/00039.html (lightweight first aid kit)

 

Cottage Industry Gear (little-known gear makers)

http://www.outdoorequipmentsupplier.com

http://www.fanaticfringe.com

http://www.mountainlaureldesigns.com

http://www.featheredfriends.com

http://www.owareusa.com

http://www.nunatakusa.com

http://studiozoic.com/house

http://www.backpackinglight.com

http://www.ula-equipment.com

http://www.antigravitygear.com

http://www.simblissity.net

http://www.speerhammocks.com

http://www.gossamergear.com

http://www.sixmoondesigns.com

http://www.tarptent.com

http://www.brasslite.com

http://www.moonbowgear.com

http://www.warmlite.com

http://www.jacksrbetter.com

http://www.thepacka.com

http://www.bigskyproducts.com

http://www.lwgear.com

http://www.titaniumgoat.com

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