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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 as well.

Backpacking-related Articles (some content requires subscription) (an interesting perspective on several topics) (online newsletter about foot care)

Gear Review/Testing (become a gear tester)

Gear Making (information about homemade stoves) (fabric seller) (fabric seller) (fabric seller) (fabric seller) (fabric seller) (fabric seller)


Cooking/Nutrition (method of low-maintenance cooking) (sample sizes of condiments, first aid supplies, etc.) (information about stoves) (buy dried fruits and vegetables) (article on nutrition) (buy foods) (buy foods) (buy foods) (buy foods)


Navigation/Mapping (plug-in or get coordinates from online topographic map) (has quadrangle map) (download your own maps)


Discussion Forums/Buy or Sell Used Gear


Journaling/Podcasting (podcast about hiking)


Outdoor Skills (good printable info in PDF file format)


Miscellaneous Sites (all about hiking poles) (list of shelters) (lightweight first aid kit)


Cottage Industry Gear (little-known gear makers)

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