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
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.
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
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
"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!
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.
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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