The Four Day Marches - aka Nijmegen Marches
Some 40 thousand people participate annually
in this 4 day event held in July in Nijmegen, Netherlands.
Even if you don't have broadband, check out www.trailcasts.org - this site has interviews with the who's who of hiking - Yogi, Brian Robinson, etc. You can read the summaries even with just dialup.
Mountain Lion vs Dog Tracks, etc
great site for identifying feline tracks vs canine tracks -
photos of cougar tracks and dog, fox, domestic cat, etc plus
Gap Year Choices:
If you at a transition point in your life
where you have a free year, check out this site for options:
Thoughtful hiking, photographs, essays can be
www.pauseforpurpose.com - we enjoyed it.
The Mindful HIker:
http://www.mindfulhiker.com is a beautiful site, promoting
the book of the same name, but also has excellent photographs
of nature scenes mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area. The
theme is spiritual hiking. Also, has an associated blog,
weblog, monthly essays.
Off Topic but outdoors related Links:
Other Sites that are interesting,
but are off topic compared to our content pages. Most of these
sell products and we have no experience dealing with them as a
A Training Resource -
BLM Lands Near You: An alliance
of conservation organizations has recently put together a site
promoting the crown jewels of the BLM system. You can click on
the following and find the selected areas by state:
A listserv of outdoor related jobs, sponsored by the national
outdoor leadership school.
Great ideas for Sequoia-Kings Canyon hikes in
www.hikingandbackpacking.com mainly commercial - links to
other sites featuring good deals on gear, also has tips, links
to organizations, where to hike info.
www.backpackinglight.com some good links, a lot of
articles and product reviews.
www.thebackpacker.com Regional trails, gear, active forum
- a lot off topic, articles.
www.slackpacker.com Mostly United States Trails, but some
International as well.
www.gps-planet.com - GPS devices are now used by some
hikers, so here's a site: - discounts on GPS systems from
Garmin, Magellan, and Navman. GPS software, GPS accessories,
Fishfinders and Chartplotters.
www.wisdomofthecrone.com This unusual site has a single
product - a deck of 54 cards, each with a photo of a woman
between the ages of 50 and 100, and on the backside (I think),
words of wisdom.
www.offthebeatentrail.net - Bayou country outdoor gear.
http://www.hikingtripsandgear.com - well designed website
featuring gear and advice to hikers and campers.
http://www.randymerrell.com - This appears to be the premier custom boot making and orthotics site. This is the same Randy Merrell that designed Merrell boots.
- Hiking Boots:
Information and recommended sources for different styles of
high quality boots.
http://www.vaflyfishmtguide.com/ Mountain Guide of Virginia offers custom built, tailored hiking and mountain walking - wildflower and tree identification, Native Americans and early Colonist info - a peace and solitude.
- Outdoor sports magazine offering articles and media about
backpacking, kayaking and rock climbing.
31 ways to lace your shoes, boots, etc.
http://www.boyscouttrail.com/ I owe a lot of my early
outdoors experiences to the Boy Scouts so of course have to
include this site with all things re Boy Scouts.
- Cold weather expedition quality gear - I have no direct
experience with this Canadian company, but they have an
impressive product line if you are considering, for instance,
www.backpackbasecamp.com - A work in progress - they have
a good outline of a lightweight backpacking site, but are
still working at filling it in.
Mt. Rogers Outfitters
an outfitter right on the Appalachian Trail.
Tether for your phone, gps, camera? Not sure it's practical,
but it is cute:
Way Off Topic:
www.thetoolnetwork.com My brother's site - excellent place
for hard to find automotive and industrial tools.