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9:21 a.m. on April 22, 2002 (EDT)
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Are there any more sites like this one out there on the net somewhere? I really do enjoy reading on this site. I don't have to ask many questions... I just look on here and find it already asked somewhere. I have learned a lot. It is a great site for beginners. And by the way, for those who remember, I did ask a question about a tent a few weeks ago. I ended up buying an REI Half Dome Plus for about $135. It is still heavier than I wanted (5 lb 9 oz total packed weight), but my son liked the space in the tent as well as the two vestibules. It was over a pound lighter than the one he wanted at first. We compromised. He's happy. If we made a mistake, he needs to find it out on his own. We may get a lighter one later. He is really getting into this backpacking. The boys' troop went to Savage Gulf (Monteagle, Tennessee) this past weekend. They took a very rough 6-mile trail (steep hills). They will learn to cut weight the hard way. I was impressed though. My 176 lb, 14 year old backpacked 40 lbs. My youngest, 88 lb, 11 year old handled 22 or 23 lbs. We are learning, much thanks to this website. It is really a very educational site. Thanks to everyone who asks questions and to those who answer.

11:06 a.m. on April 22, 2002 (EDT)
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Check out http://www.outdoorreview.com/reviewscrx.aspx. It's not a chat-type forum, but has independent reviews of gear.

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Are there any more sites like this one out there on the net somewhere? I really do enjoy reading on this site. I don't have to ask many questions... I just look on here and find it already asked somewhere. I have learned a lot. It is a great site for beginners. And by the way, for those who remember, I did ask a question about a tent a few weeks ago. I ended up buying an REI Half Dome Plus for about $135. It is still heavier than I wanted (5 lb 9 oz total packed weight), but my son liked the space in the tent as well as the two vestibules. It was over a pound lighter than the one he wanted at first. We compromised. He's happy. If we made a mistake, he needs to find it out on his own. We may get a lighter one later. He is really getting into this backpacking. The boys' troop went to Savage Gulf (Monteagle, Tennessee) this past weekend. They took a very rough 6-mile trail (steep hills). They will learn to cut weight the hard way. I was impressed though. My 176 lb, 14 year old backpacked 40 lbs. My youngest, 88 lb, 11 year old handled 22 or 23 lbs. We are learning, much thanks to this website. It is really a very educational site. Thanks to everyone who asks questions and to those who answer.

11:53 a.m. on April 22, 2002 (EDT)
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There are a number of sites like this on the web. Well, no, there are a number of sites devoted to backcountry, some specialized on backpacking, backcountry skiing (and winter camping), climbing, peakbagging, particular sections of the country, and so on. This site and its climbing counterpart are among the best of the more general backcountry and climbing sites, thanks largely to being monitored (hence free of the garbage you see on Usenet news groups for the most part).

The old site from which this spun off, Views From The Top (http://www.lexicomm.com/whites/index.html) sticks pretty much to the Northeast, although there are some good gear discussions on its various sub-boards. Many of the more knowledgable and experienced people hang out on Mountain Community (http://www.mtncommunity.org/), including this Old Greybeard. That's where you can get almost any gear question answered.

Since you mention scouts, most Councils have discussion boards that deal with scout-specific outdoor issues (including lots of complaints about the gear sold through the official BSA catalog - mostly it's much too heavy, even though affordable). Ask around at your District Roundtable (you do attend the monthly Roundtable, don't you? All adults associated with Boy Scouts should be participating in the Roundtables. If done right, as my District does, you will gain a wealth of information tailored to your area - gear, places to go, and so on.)

1:30 p.m. on April 22, 2002 (EDT)
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The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) has a whole collection of bulletin boards at:

http://www.outdoors.org/bbs/index.shtml

One of them is devoted to gear discussions:

http://www.outdoors.org/bbs/gear-talk/index.html

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