HIKING and ADVENTURE
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TE ARAROA (The long pathway)
The website of the Te Araroa Trust, pioneered by Geoff Chapple who has charted and walked a continuous trail and route from Cape Reinga at the tip of New Zealand’s North Island, to Bluff, at the bottom of the South Island.
I had the privilege of, “scouting” a link in the trail for the Trust, and also of accompanying Geoff for a few days when he reached the South Island, doing the Te Anau - Ohai leg with him.
Geoff has written a book about his trail, “Te Araroa - The New Zealand trail” - check it out!
ALTITUDE.ORG - Site with information on altitude sickness with calculators for determining oxygen content and pressures at various heights.
AVOIDING ALTITUDE SICKNESS - Comprehensive article on altitude sickness at Lobsang and Yolanda's (Tibet Travel) website.
AMERICAN HIKING- Comprehensive site covering trails and hiking in the USA.
AMERICAN TRAILS - If you’re interested in USA trails, you’ll find this an interesting site. Search their database for 1100 National recreational trails.
BACKPACK THE SIERRA- Nice site with blog, covering the Sierra Nevada and various aspects of hiking.
BACKPACK45 -A site focused on backpacking, Camino de Santiago, John Muir Trail, Women’s Adventure, Long distance trails, and with links to many interesting hiking related books.
BOOTS'n'ALL -Useful travel site with cheap air fares search function and forums that cater for the Independent traveller.
DANCES WITH MARMOTS - A PACIFIC CREST TRAIL ADVENTURE- If you’re contemplating a hike along the Pacific Crest Trail or just enjoy a good
adventure story, then this is where you’ll find a book that will be of interest!
DIGITAL DESERTS PACIFIC CREST TRAIL - site with photographs of the southern end of the trail.
ERIC BLEHM - Website of Eric Blehm, versatile author of “The Last Season” - The inspiring, poignant true story of the life and mysterious disappearance of James Randall Morgenson who, over the course of 28 summers spent in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, became arguably the most celebrated ranger in the National Park Service’s most adventurous unit.
EXPLORATION JUNKIE- Interesting website illustrating the travels and adventures of Julien Mordret. International locations to get those feet itching!
FOOTPRINT HIKING CLUB- A comprehensive South African site, that also has links to many other regions.
GREEN TRAILS MAPS- Commercial site, supplying trail maps. Specialising in the Oregon, Washington Cascades region.
HIGH SIERRA TOPIX- Eric Osterling’s developing new site - interesting stuff on the Sierra Nevada - check out SIERRA PACK TRIP as well.
HIKE AND CYCLE- Outdoors site with blog and articles on the general outdoors as well as informative articles on the PCT and AT.
HIKER CENTRAL- Site with a whole lot of links covering many outdoor activities.
HIKING DUDE - Hiking articles, links and blog.
JOHANN and SANDRA'S WEBSITE - Backpacking, hiking, diving, links, and more.
HIX MAGAZINE - An online magazine for men with an interest in sports and the outdoors.
METATROPO COMPUTER PRODUCTS - Some software products with a developing GPS page. Also hiking, skiing and climbing reports with gps data, waypoints, tracks and maps.
MOUNTAINIQ.com - Mark Whitman's site with information on various international treks along with articles and gear reviews.
MY OPEN COUNTRY - Scott and Jenn Jackson's hiking website. Plenty of tips, vid's and advice here for enjoying the outdoors.
NATURAL BORN HIKERS - US site with various trail information and related links.
NEW ZEALAND TRAMPER- NZ site with information on trails and regions.
NORTH COUNTRY TRAIL - Here's the Mother of All Trails! Over 4000 miles, East-West across the United States.
PACIFIC CREST TRAIL ASSOCIATION -The official source for PCT permit information, including the 500+ mile long distance permit.
PCT EXPERIENCE - Read about Jonathan Ley’s experience along the PCT - some nice pic’s.
PACIFIC CREST TRAIL WATER AVAILABILITY REPORTS - Current water reports submitted by those 'on the ground'.
PLAN YOUR HIKE- A Pacific Crest Trail site with useful information, including a list of resupply points available along the trail.
SGT. ROCK’S HIKING HQ - US site with forums of various hiking interest. Also has an interesting homemade 'Stoves' page.
SIERRA HIKER- Comprehensive collection of Kings Canyon and Sequoia trip reports and links. Descriptions and photos of hikes both on and off trail through the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains.
SLACKPACKER- US site with links to trails by State, narratives, info, etc., and an interesting philosophy!
SUPERIOR HIKING TRAIL ASSOCIATION- The Superior Hiking Trail is a 205-mile long distance footpath that follows the rocky ridgeline above Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota.
SURVIVAL ACRES- This site should meet your food requirements!
SURVIVE OUTDOORS - Providing information on confronting emergencies and survival in the outdoors
TAIGA WORKS - Taiga Works is an outdoor gear & sports clothing company producing leading edge outdoor gear including down jackets, fleece apparel, cycle wear, boots, gaiters, hats, tents, sleeping bags, backpacks and kayaks.
THE COAST AND MOUNTAIN WALKERS OF NSW- Aussie bushwalking site with numerous links.
THE HIKING LIFE - Informative website of Aussie hiker Cam 'Swami' Honan who has hiked globally and probably more miles than anyone else alive today! .
THE MOUNTAIN ACTIVITY SECTION - Brit’ site encouraging various forms and levels of outdoor activities, hiking, climbing, camping, etc.
TOM GRIFFIN’S PACIFIC CREST TRAIL SITE - Tom’s PCT site has links to some useful information re’ the Pacific Crest Trail.
TON DE MAAGT's HIKING PAGE - Dutch site (in English) with many interesting worldwide hiking links.
TORONTO HIKING - Toronto based hiking site, trails, tips.
TRAIL JOURNALS - Interesting site containing journals and pic's from hikers on various trails, including the Pacific Crest Trail of the US and the Coast to Coast of the UK.
TRAILSTOVE.COM - If you’re looking for an alternative stove, check out this little woodburner from Trailstove.
TRAILQUEST - US site with heaps of hiking info, links, and equipment.
TRAVELLERSPOINT- Site for the world travelling community - forums, advice, tips, etc.
VANCOUVER HIKING- Well constructed site (I like the soothing index page music that Russ has chosen) concentrating mainly on hikes in the Vancouver region.
WALKING BRITAIN- Site covering the pathways and National trails of the U.K.
Walking the Amazon - More than just a hike, a serious expedition. Ex Brit army officer Ed Stafford has been travelling since April 2008 in his attempt to walk the length of the Amazon river. Follow his progress where you can also make a donation to one of his favourite worthwhile charities. Latest News - Ed finally made it arriving Aug 9th 2010 after 860 days. Well done!
WHITEBLAZE.NET- A site to share ideas, experiences and trail knowledge. Primarily Appalachian Trail.
WILDERNESS.NET- This is a site connecting the natural resource workforce, scientists, educators, and public, to their wilderness heritage through access to wilderness information.
WILDERNESS FIRST AID BASICS- ACLS writer David Patterson's article linking to various aspects of wilderness first aid.
WORLDWIDE MOUNTAINEERING AND ADVENTURE TRAVEL - Scot, Alan Ingram’s interesting site - excellent photographs, check it out!
ZEN BACKPACKING STOVES - Site with links to various DIY backpacking stoves.
ADVANCED FONTS VIEWER - Ever been searching for the right font - tired of checking each one individually?
This prog will display a sentence, repeated in all the fonts you have on your system, all at once.
ATOMIC CLOCK SYNC - Get this little prog at the World Time Server - it’ll keep your pc clock bang on.
GOOGLE TOOLBAR - Small download to get a toolbar that gives your browser instant access to a Google search, PLUS the ability to block pop-ups! Very useful!
MYCHARMAP - Ever needed a character that wasn’t on your keyboard? Here you go.....
RegSeeker - Get rid of unused junk from your registry with this program, and also have the option to, 'tweak' certain settings.
Like all good, 'clean-up' programs, it also has a backup function. Excellent!
SPYBOT - Detect and delete the spyware (and more) hiding on your pc.
SPYWAREBLASTER - Cool little prog that doesn't even have to be running to work!
It doesn’t scan and clean for spyware - it prevents it from ever being installed.
By setting a “kill bit” for spyware ActiveX controls, it prevents the installation of any spyware ActiveX controls from a webpage. It does this while not interfering with “friendly” ActiveX controls.
Giveaway of the Day. A free application every day!
BOOKFINDER4U - Compare book prices at 130 online bookstores & 70,000 book sellers. Find the lowest book price in A Click!
DSLREPORTS - Excellent, “computer problem” related message board - between DSLREPORTS and VIRTUAL DOC, you're bound to get the answers!
FOIL DEFLECTOR BEANIES! - Worried about mind control rays penetrating your scone? Get the remedy (and a chuckle) here......
HMS CONWAY - British Training ship that trained officer cadets for the Merchant and Royal navies from 1859-1974.
JAMES RANDI - Feeling skeptical? Here you go......
MENSA (NZ)- NZ site of the worldwide organisation whose members are in the top two percentile.
META TRAVEL - Site with many links to travel related sites worldwide.
OAMARU ONLINE - Website for Oamaru, Otago, my favourite South Island town. Pop approx 13,000.
Unique with it’s Victorian stone buildings and penguin colony. Be sure to visit Oamaru if you’re in the South Island.
Check out, “The Red Sheds” down at the harbour and watch craftsman Bill Blair (Coppice Crafts) at work.
And if you want to experience dining in picturesque surroundings right on the waterfront of Oamaru’s historic harbour, then you won’t be disappointed if you pay a visit to “Port Side”. Situated opposite the Penguin Colony. (but don’t expect to find any penguins on the menu!)
THE THOUGHTS OF CHAIRMAN BILL - A blog of distinction Sir!
VIRTUAL DOCTOR - Excellent message boards for answers to all your computer problems, post your query and someone will have the answer!
WOLF CREATIVE SERVICES - Specializing in affordable custom websites for small to medium sized businesses.
Custom Graphics and Digital Photographic Services for Web and Print Media. (Designed the cover for “Dances With Marmots”)
DR. WEIL'S NEWSLETTER - Get some good advice on everyday health issues. Keep up to speed on the latest advice and findings on food and supplements.
LOCKERGNOME - Subscribe here for Chris Pirillo’s interesting newsletter - tips, utility downloads, etc.KIM KOMANDO’S NEWSLETTER - Subscribe here to Kim Komando’s (yes, that's her real name) newsletter.