Some 40 thousand people participate annually in this 4 day event held in July in Nijmegen, Netherlands. www.4daagse.nl
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.
http://www.bear-tracker.com/caninevsfeline.html a great site for identifying feline tracks vs canine tracks - photos of cougar tracks and dog, fox, domestic cat, etc plus illustrations.
If you at a transition point in your life where you have a free year, check out this site for options: http://www.the-backpacking-site.com/
Thoughtful hiking, photographs, essays can be found in www.pauseforpurpose.com - we enjoyed it.
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.
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 customer.
http://www.nols.edu/alumni/employment/jobsnetwork.archive.shtml A listserv of outdoor related jobs, sponsored by the national outdoor leadership school.
Great ideas for Sequoia-Kings Canyon hikes in www.sierrahiker.com .
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.
fleetmatics.com/resources/articles/using-gps-for-hiking - A lot of detailed introductory articles on GPS use.
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.
http://www.in-boots.com/ - 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.
http://www.spadout.com/ - Outdoor sports magazine offering articles and media about backpacking, kayaking and rock climbing.
http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/lacingmethods.htm#2trillion 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.
http://www.taigaworks.ca/ - 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, scaling Denali.
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. 2014 note - looking better.
Mt. Rogers Outfitters an outfitter right on the Appalachian Trail.
safestars.org/hiking - Good resource on hiking for beginners - but don't click on senior scam link at the bottom - didn't check it out.
Tether for your phone, gps, camera? Not sure it's practical, but it is cute: http://www.gadgetzipline.com/
www.thetoolnetwork.com My brother's site - excellent place for hard to find automotive and industrial tools.
Emma Gatewood first hiked the entire 2160 mile Appalachian Trail at the age of 67. She last hiked it at the age of 76.