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General Guides
Trips - Places

Health (Altitude Sickness, Blisters, ...)
Safety (Bears, Lightning, ...)
Manners - Ethics
Tips, Guides, Information
see tips

Trail Guides and Maps:
My Home | AllTrails.com

General Backpacking Web sites - see links below.

Trail Difficulty ratings

References here:
Equipment and Clothing check lists
Backpacking and Camping Food Links

Equipment Selection
Backpacking, Hiking, Camping Equipment Overview and links.
Backpacking - Hiking - Camping Gear under products

Equipment Care and usage
Gor-Tex repair: Rainy Pass Repair
Hiking Boots
Products: Outdoor Stores / Web Shopping | Backpacking, Hiking, Camping Equipment
Equipment notes here.

Backpacker Magazine Newsletter 2012 (Exercises, How to Walk, Pack load tips,)

Backpack food and recipes - cooking
Hiking technique

Stores/Mail Order
See Outdoor Products (REI, Campmor, EMS)

Water contanimation: see Traveler's Diarrhea on the trvel page and Water Purification here.
Altitude Sickness
High Altitude Guide
Ticks and Lyme Disease
Bee or Wasp stings | Anaphylaxis and EpiPen
Sun Protection

Safety Management Planning
Winter hiking
Map, Compass and GPS and Map Coordinate Systems
Sierra Nevada dangers
Lessons learned from misadventures
Map and Compas Skills

Bear Safety
General rules:

  • Keep your camp clean
  • Don't put food or clothes that have food smell in your tent
  • Hang food from a tree or put in bear-proof containers.
  • Make your presense know with noise so bears know you're comming
  • Don't run or yell. Stand your ground; most charges are a bluff.
  • If attacked - play dead with a grizzly - fight back with a black bear
See the bear page for more detail.

See Mountain_Lion page for safety in Mountain Lion country.

Wilderness Medicine


Trips - Places
See: Places for general information.
Top Hiking Trails
About trails (use, types, maintenance)
Some Sierra Club Trips I've been involved in.
  National & International Sierra Club Outtings
    2002 Sierra Club Tibetan Odyssey Trip
AT Backpack 2011
Mountaineering Clubs Around the World
Top Hiking Trails
World's best Treks
  Sierra Club Angeles Chapter Outtings (over 4,000 each year)
  Pacific Crest Trail Association - Pacific Crest Trail Info.
  Grand Canyon
  Marin (Marin Headlands, Muir Woods, Mt. Tam)
  Lake Tahoe
    Tahoe Rim Trail
    Day Hikes
    Donner Summit & N. Tahoe
  Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC)
  Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK)
  New Jersey and New York City area (Trails, Clubs, Trips)
  Washington Valley Park, Martinsville, NJ (Mountain Biking, Hiking, Birding)
Appalachian Trail

Manners - Ethics
Wilderness Manners at the Sierra Club

See: TreadLightly.org - Play Nice
and Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
The toilet paper problem - Going to the bathroom.

The Backpackers Handbook, Chris Townsend
Joy of Backpacking: Your Complete Guide to Attaining Pure Happiness in the Outdoors, Brian Beffort
The Backpacker's Field Manual, Revised and Updated: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills by Rick Curtis
Backpacker & Hiker's Handbook, by WIlliam Kemsley Jr.
The Complete Walker, by Colin Fletcher and Chip Rawlins
Other Book Lists: backpacking.net

Some personal stories:
Mt Tallac 2010

Top Hiking Trails
Backpacking, Hiking, Camping Equipment Overview and links.
Expert Advice: Camping & Hiking at REI: Hiking , Backpacking
Brian's Backpacking Blog -
Sierra Nevada Backpacking - books, gear
Backpacking 101 at Backpacker Magazine
  25 Habits of Highly Effective Hikers", Aug., 2008, Backpacker Mag.
Sierra Club Knapsack Committee Web Site (2004)
    Getting in shape
Wilderness Backpacking and Hiking - Tips, Gear, Resources
Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center
Backpacker's Field Manual Web Site, Rick Curtis
Backpacking, Hiking & Camping Articles at Suite101.com
Vacation (National Parks, Adventure parks, ...)
Temperature Humidity Index (THI)  and Wind chill (Heat Exhaustion, Heat stroke, frostbite, hypothermia)
Outdoor Emergency/Survival Products and Notes
Products: Outdoor Stores / Web Shopping, Search & Rescue (SAR), Personal 2-way radio, Binoculars, Tents, Digital Cameras
Camp Chairs
Rock Climbing
Travelers Health (Traveler's diarrhea (TD), Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS))
Wilderness Medicine (First Aid, Medical Kits)
Water Containers (Camelback, Nalgene, Sigg, ...)
The Ultimate Camping Guide
Hitting the Trails! Total Body Trail Workout - Primally Inspired
Hiking tips
101+Hiking tips
Alcohol Stoves (can stove)
Mountain Cocktails
Camp Hygiene by Buck Tilton from the Wilderness Medicine Institute
Information Resources at Campmor
Building a campfire at Boots and Blisters
Survival Topics
Nature-Deficit Disorder

last updated 8 Nov 2009