On-Line Sources for Backcountry Information

4:37 p.m. on August 28, 2008 (EDT)
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Does Trailspace have a comprehensive list of GOOD backcountry websites / forums? By good, I mean reputable and knowledgeable. I've been to a couple of general backcountry sites (e.g. http://www.thebackpacker.com/, http://www.backpacker.com/, http://www.backpackinglight.com/, etc.), but I'm sure there are more. I can tell that some of the sites I've visited haven't been updated in years. Their forums are now either abandoned or not focused on the backcountry.

Any suggestions?

5:28 p.m. on August 28, 2008 (EDT)
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i dunno about a list, newbie, but backcountry.com has been very good to me, both shipping and customer service for 2 years now.

8:03 p.m. on August 28, 2008 (EDT)
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I'm not refering to retailers, but communities.

8:06 p.m. on August 28, 2008 (EDT)
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There are a number of sites that specialize in a particular region or trail (such as the AT, JMT, PCT). They aren't always obvious from the name (Utah, for example, is well-served by Bogley.com, and climbers use SuperTopo.com for climbing-related information). In both those examples, there is an information section that has what you are probably looking for, but the forums do go way off topic. If you stick to the information sections or post specific questions, you can get a lot of excellent information. The JMT and AT sites have been referenced here on Trailspace a number of times.

The idea of a listing of URLs is a good one. Dave, Alicia?

8:48 p.m. on August 28, 2008 (EDT)
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We don't have a comprehensive list (or any list for that matter) but this seems like a good spot to start collecting recommendations. Posting URLs is fine. Have at it, folks!

tbastress, the three sites you mentioned are all great resources. Some of the others that I like include:

http://www.backpacking.net/ -- The Lightweight Backpacker (TLB)

http://www.viewsfromthetop.com/forums/ -- Views from the Top is a very active Northeast-focused community (and the birthplace of Trailspace)

8:57 p.m. on August 28, 2008 (EDT)
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www.kifaru.net, hunting oriented, but, a LOT of VERY sound advice on wilderness camping.

Clubtread.com, found out about this here, it's BC and Canada and VERY enjoyable, lots of great folks and good info.

backpackhunting.net, again, a hunting oriented site, but, some sound info. on photography, (NOT my strong point), optics and gear.

Take a look, see if these have any appeal/use to you.

5:26 a.m. on August 29, 2008 (EDT)
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I really appreciate http://www.nwhikers.net/ which has many forums, is well-moderated, and has a wonderful sense of camaraderie.

5:11 p.m. on August 29, 2008 (EDT)
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Since most of my trips are in the Southern Appalachians, I have found the site below helpful to me. It is directed at through hikers of the AT, but anyone interested in learning is welcome. I have hiked from Clingmans Dome south to Neels Gap and got a lot of specific help on this site.
Tipi Walter may be able to tell you more.


8:00 p.m. on August 29, 2008 (EDT)
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I also belong to TLB, VFTT, Club Tread, NW Hikers, TTips and a couple of others I don't visit all that often (have to spend some of my time online actually working). There are so many sites on so many topics that you just have to spend time online doing Yahoo or Google searches to find what you want. That's how I found Trailspace and all of the others except NWH; I found that one through a link posted on VFTT. There are also groups on YahooGroups for specific areas, such as Yosemite.

It really depends on what your interests are-my guess is, no matter what you want to do or where you are, someone has a website devoted to it. I've seen some pretty esoteric and narrowly focused websites. TelemarkTips, for example, is one of the few websites devoted just to telemark skiing-at least it tries to be.

There are lots of climbing sites that have forums or groups; some are general, like mtncommunity or summitpost and some are location specific such as NEIce and ADKHighPeaksforums.

There are so many you could belong to, but I have only a couple I post on regularly-here, TLB, TTips and VFTT. I kind of "know" the people on these 4 and know if I ask a question, I will get some good answers.

9:09 p.m. on September 3, 2008 (EDT)
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9:50 p.m. on September 8, 2008 (EDT)
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Are there any good sites for backpacking in Europe or Asia?

11:12 p.m. on September 8, 2008 (EDT)
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Depends on what you mean by backpacking. If you mean low budget traveling, try Thorn Tree on the Lonely Planet website, www.bootsnall.com is another one. If you mean camping,your best bet is to use Yahoo and Google to find them. I've seen a lot of them, but haven't saved them, so no help there,but I know they are out there. I've seen several from the UK.

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