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Updated: December 23, 2004

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Hiking

TheBackpacker.com
TheBackpacker.com offers great information for the beginner to the expert. If you're just getting started, try The Beginner's Corner for great tips on purchasing equipment and trail etiquette. If it's inspiration you're looking for, check out the articles section.

Backpacker Magazine
Daily news stories are a nice feature at this site. My favorite tool is the Gearfinder where you can choose a product (boots, tents, sleeping bags, etc.), select the criteria you require the product to have, then get a list of possibilities with info about each. Their new Footwear Center is a terrific guide to boot-fitting. It's a great way to find boots that really fit, and to prevent a few blisters.

American Hiking Society
There's a wide variety of hiking information here. If you want to shop for gear online, go to the Hiker's Emporium. Companies listed there will donate a portion of their sales to benefit AHS trail conservation efforts.

GORP Hiking and Backpacking
Great Outdoor Recreation Pages provides an attractive guide to hiking trails around the world, plus a lot of other interesting and valuable hiking information.

Hiking and Walking Homepage
This site isn't organized as well as it could be, but there's a plethora of information here. There are tons of links to hiking clubs, organized trips, and information about gear and places to hike. Share your experiences with others in the Walking or Backpacking Forum.

Dayhiker.com
"The dayhike philosophy is go early, go light, go fast, go far, go high, and achieve a personal best in one day, returning to a hot shower, a gourmet meal, a fine wine, and a comfortable bed." Check out this site for tips on where to dayhike, equipment to bring, and most important - tips on avoiding blisters!

AmericanTrails.org
American Trails is a national nonprofit organization that supports the development of all kinds of trails. Here you can find trail events, searchable by state, as well as a state-by-state listing of many different kinds of trails - local, regional, long-distance and greenways. Select Wisconsin to find out about trails of all kinds in your favorite state.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Newly redesigned, this site has a lot of information on converted trails for walking, biking, skating, ATV and horseback riding use (among others.) Also a great trailfinder that allows you to search by location and/or intended use at http://www.traillink.com/.

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