Recommended Links

Below are some links you may find helpful in planning your hiking trips.  They are divided alphabetically into categories to make your search easier.

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Adventure Travel
Biking - Mountain Biking
Campgrounds
Climbing - Rock & Ice
Clubs & Associations - Trail Maintenance, Hiking, Mountaineering, Etc.
       U.S.A.
       Northeast U.S.A.
       Colorado
       Connecticut
       New Hampshire
       New York
       Vermont

First-Aid Training
Food
Information
International
Maps
Mountains
      
World
      
Northeast U.S.A.
      
New Hampshire
Parks - National Parks
Retailers - Online & Outdoors
Schools - Outdoor Education/Adventure
Skiing/Snowboarding/Winter Sports
Trails - Long Distance Hiking Trails

 Adventure Travel

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Away.com     www.away.com

  • Adventures that challenge the mind, body and senses. Cycle in the Loire Valley, take an African Safari or excavate a Mayan ruin. But escapes are not only exotic: escape for the weekend; learn through an educational or cultural tour; or get away from the daily grind for just a minute by browsing the Web site and reading Your Daily Escape newsletter. It is an integrated library, outfitter, and café where users research, talk about, and book extraordinary travel.

Backroads     www.backroads.com

  • With 147 Backroads vacations to choose from, you can stroll along country lanes or summit a mountain by bicycle. Sink into the comforts of a well-appointed inn or camp beneath a star-studded sky. All trips feature routes of varying length and difficulty, allow you to explore on your own or with others, and provide van support when you want a lift.

iExplore     www.iexplore.com

  • In association with National Geographic, iExplore is a resource for off-the-beaten-path travel, dedicated to helping you research, select, and book a truly unique vacation. iExplore strives to serve those who crave new travel experiences by offering the broadest selection of quality trips, supplying comprehensive research and expert customer service, and providing secure and reliable transactions

Gorp     www.gorptravel.com

  • A full-booking adventure travel service that includes some of the best and well-respected outfitters worldwide.  An expansive outdoor portal that provides you with all of the resources necessary to enjoy the outdoors - whether it's on a weekend hike or a longer trip to an exotic destination.

PlanetExplorer     www.planetexplorer.ca

  • Planet Explorer offers exciting adventures around the world in small groups of no more than 6 explorers, and provides as well highly trained and qualified Private Guides for all your adventure and travel needs. With destinations on six continents and three oceans, Wilderness Bases of Operations throughout the world, an extended fleet of 4x4 vehicles, aircraft, and boats, Planet Explorer offers you the unique opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful and spectacular places on the planet in complete harmony with the environment, and to experience the adventure of a lifetime.

 Biking - Mountain Biking

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DirtWorld.com     www.dirtworld.com

  • The online mountain bike guide.  Magazine, trail guides, store, races/events, resources, community, and travel.

International Mountain Bicycling Association     www.imba.com

  • IMBA's mission is to promote mountain bicycling opportunities that are environmentally sound and socially responsible. Since 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trailwork participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, and innovative trail management solutions.

 Campgrounds

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GoCampingAmerica.com     www.gocampingamerica.com

  • A listing of RV Parks and campgrounds in the United States and Canada by the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC).

KOA Kampgrounds     www.koa.com

  • With more than 500 campgrounds located in the US, Canada, Mexico & Japan, KOA is the largest system of campgrounds worldwide. And while each KOA may offer beautiful scenery and activities based in their locality, they all share the same KOA mission – to provide a clean, safe and fun camping experience.

National Recreation Reservation Service     www.reserveusa.com

  • Joint program of the USDA Forest Service and US Army Corps of Engineers, providing a one-stop resource for customers to reserve camping facilities managed by these two agencies.

 Climbing - Rock & Ice

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Climbing     www.climbing.com

  • Climbing magazine's website

EMS Climbing School     www.emsclimb.com

  • The EMS Climbing School, fully accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association, has been in operation for over thirty years.  Climbing school locations in:  North Conway, NH -Rumney, NH - New Paltz, NY (the Gunks) - West Hartford, CT - Boulder, CO.

International Mountain Climbing School     www.ime-usa.com

  • Located in North Conway, NH, IMCS offers comprehensive climbing programs in New Hampshire and worldwide dedicated exclusively to technical mountaineering, rock and ice climbing, international treks and expeditions.

Rock & Ice     www.rockandice.com

  • Rock & Ice magazine's website.

 Clubs & Associations - U.S.A.

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Access Fund     www.accessfund.org

  • The Access Fund is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to keeping climbing areas open and to conserving the climbing environment.

American Alpine Club     www.americanalpineclub.org/index.htm

  • The American Alpine Club is a national, non-profit organization that has represented mountaineers and rock climbers for almost a century.

American Hiking Society     www.americanhiking.org

  • American Hiking is a national organization dedicated to serving hikers and protecting the nation's hiking trails. From the halls of Congress to the backcountry, AHS speaks up for America's hikers and the trails they love.

American Trails     www.americantrails.org

  • American Trails seeks to create and protect America's network of interconnected trails. We support local, regional, and long-distance trails and greenways, whether they be in backcountry, rural, or urban areas. Our goal is to support America's trails by finding common ground and promoting cooperation among all trail interests.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy     www.appalachiantrail.org

  • The ATC has been responsible since 1925 for coordinating the volunteer-based development, protection, and management of the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia.

Highpointers Club     www.highpointers.org

  • Founded in 1986, the Highpointers Club is comprised of people from all walks of life who share a common interest in attaining the highpoint of each of the 50 U.S. states.

Leave No Trace     www.lnt.org

  • The mission of the Leave No Trace program is to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation through education, research, and partnerships.

National Parks Conservation Association     www.npca.org

  • Since 1919, the National Parks Conservation Association has been the sole voice of the American people in the fight to safeguard the scenic beauty, wildlife, and historical and cultural treasures of the largest and most diverse park system in the world.

 Clubs & Associations - Northeast U.S.A.

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Appalachian Mountain Club     www.outdoors.org

  • Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club is America's oldest conservation and recreation organization. Its 87,000+ members actively enjoy, appreciate, and protect the mountains, rivers, and trails of America's Northeast.

 Clubs & Associations - Colorado

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Colorado Mountain Club     www.cmc.org

  • The premier outdoor club in the Rocky Mountain Region.  From the high adventure of scaling an ice tower to the beauty of an afternoon nature walk, club members do it all. Statewide, the CMC sponsors some 2,400 separate mountain activities annually.

 Clubs & Associations - Connecticut

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Connecticut Forest and Park Association     www.ctwoodlands.org

  • Tthe oldest private, nonprofit, conservation organization in Connecticut.  CFPA established and maintains Connecticut's 700-mile Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail System.  It is largely responsible for the establishment of many of Connecticut's state parks and forests.  

 Clubs & Associations - New Hampshire

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Randolph Mountain Club     www.randolphmountainclub.org

  • The purpose of the Randolph Mountain Club is to promote enjoyment of the Randolph, New Hampshire area through hiking, trail development, upkeep of camps and shelters, and sharing the collective knowledge of its members.

 Clubs & Associations - New York

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Adirondack Forty-Sixers     www.adk46r.org

  • The membership of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers Inc. consists of hikers who have climbed to the summits of the 46 major peaks of the Adirondacks. The club is dedicated to environmental protection, to education for proper usage of wilderness areas, and to participation in work projects in cooperation with the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation to meet these objectives.

Adirondack Mountain Club     www.adk.org

  • The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is dedicated to the protection and responsible recreational use of the New York State Forest Preserve, parks and other wild lands and waters. The Club, founded in 1922, is a member-directed organization committed to public service and stewardship. ADK employs a balanced approach to outdoor recreation, advocacy, environmental education and natural resource conservation.

Catskill 3500 Club     http://members.aol.com/howiedash/catskill_3500_club.htm

  • The Catskill 3500 Club is an organization dedicated to climbing and protecting the Catskill peaks over 3500 feet.  To become a member of the club, you must climb all 35 peaks over 3500 feet as well 4 designated peaks a second time in the winter. About half of the peaks are trailless and require bushwhacking and map and compass skills.

 Clubs & Associations - Vermont

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Green Mountain Club     www.greenmountainclub.org

  • The Green Mountain Club and its 7500 plus members from across the country share a love for hiking and a commitment to preserving and protecting the Long Trail System for future generations. Although the Green Mountain Club primarily cares for the Long Trail, the Club's advocacy and education efforts also safeguard Vermont's many other hiking trails.

 First-Aid Training

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SOLO     www.soloschools.com

  • Founded in 1976 as a school dedicated to teaching Wilderness and Emergency Medicine, SOLO, Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities, is the only school of its kind offering an educational, research, and conference center to both the international outdoor rescue and emergency medical communities as well as the local rural communities of New England. Nestled in tall birch and pine trees in Conway, New Hampshire, SOLO is just minutes from 770,000 acres of the White Mountain National Forest.

Wilderness Medical Associates     www.wildmed.com

  • Founded in 1978, Wilderness Medical Associates is committed to supplying the highest quality medical training to outdoor enthusiasts and professionals. Wilderness Medical Associates has tailored courses for organizations as diverse as Outward Bound, the National Park Service, university outing clubs, rural ambulance services, the FBI, and oil exploration companies.

 Food

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BackWoodsGrocery.com     www.backwoodsgrocery.com

  • Easy-to-prepare, good-tasting meals for those who enjoy the outdoors.

 Information

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Adventure Sports Online     www.adventuresports.com

  • Adventure Sports Online contains a comprehensive listing of outfitters and tour guides for your next outdoor adventure. Access event calendars and download applications. If you are new to a sport, you'll find what you need to get started. And for the best in outdoor gear, check out the outdoor shops and products.

Backpacker     www.backpacker.com

  • Backpacker magazine's website.

GORP     www.gorp.com

  • GORP (Great Outdoor Recreation Pages) offers encyclopedic content on everything from the very unique and exotic international destinations - like paddling through the Tonga -- to the more accessible outdoor environments - like hiking through your State Park.  The GORPgear store offers 180 top brands of outdoor clothing, gear and footwear.  GORPtravel is a full-booking adventure travel service that includes some of the best and well-respected outfitters worldwide.  This expansive outdoor portal provides you with all of the resources necessary to enjoy the outdoors - whether its on a weekend hike or a longer trip to an exotic destination.

MountainZone.com     www.mountainzone.com

  • Packed with articles on climbing, skiing, snowboarding, mountainbiking, adventure, and hiking. Owned by Quokkasports, the company that provides online streaming video of sports events such as the America's Cup sailing competition.

OutdoorReview.com     www.outdoorreview.com

  • Provides consumers the opportunity to review and learn about the camping, mountaineering, and climbing products they use, as well as have a forum to interact with people who share a common interest in these outdoor activities.

Outside     www.outside.com

  • Outside magazine's website.

Peak to Peak     www.peaktopeak.net

  • An extensive listing of hiking, backpacking, trail, and wilderness websites.

Resort Sports Network     www.rsn.com

  • Resort Sports Network (RSN) is a television and Internet company that serves as a liaison between winter and summer resorts and outdoor recreationalists.  The RSN website includes features such as Resort Cams and Trip Giveaways.  RSN owns and operates White Mountain TV located in North Conway, New Hampshire, Summit TV in Summit County, Colorado, and RSN Lake Tahoe, California.  Properties include RSN.com, the RSN cable television network, available in over 50 resort areas, and RSN's metro TV product "RSN.COM TV Updates," appearing daily on cable channels in major metro markets.

thebackpacker.com     www.thebackpacker.com

  • Articles, backpacker directory, beginner's corner, destinations, gear, pictures, trail database.

Trails.com     www.trails.com

  • Search engine for finding the best places to hike, bike, paddle, and ski.

Trailworks     www.trailworks.com

  • Articles on great trip ideas, guide services database, MapTerra interactive maps.

Wildernet.com     www.wildernet.com

  • Wildernet.com provides you with one easy to use, comprehensive web site for information about campgrounds, fishing spots, trails, beaches, jeep roads, scenic drives, and many other resources. Wildernet.com allows you to search for recreation information by activity type or specific geographic area. Visitors can post trip reports and comments.

 International

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Canada - Banff Centre for Mountain Culture     www.banffcentre.ab.ca

  • The Banff Centre for Mountain Culture promotes understanding and appreciation of the world's mountain places by creating opportunities for people to share - and find inspiration in - mountain experiences, ideas and visions.

Ireland - Mountaineering Council of Ireland     www.mountaineering.ie

  • The MCI represents walkers and climbers interests, and seeks to guard access to the hills and crags, seeks protection of the mountain environment, maintain standards in mountain training, preserve the ethos of mountaineering, provide information, lectures and guidebooks, and give advice on climbing walls and competitions. Its website features a comprehensive listing of hikes and mountains.

 Maps

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DeLorme     www.delorme.com

  • DeLorme is a leading publisher of maps, atlases, mapping software and online mapping applications, available in a wide variety of digital and paper formats.

TopoZone.com     www.topozone.com

  • Interactive USGS maps.  Every USGS 1:100,000, 1:63,360, 1:25,000, and 1:24,000 scale topographic map for the entire United States.

 Mountains - World

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America's Roof     www.americasroof.com

  • Guide to the highest places in the U.S. and the world.

Peakware World Mountain Encyclopedia     www.peakware.com

  • A mountain and mountaineering resource. Explore the mountain ranges of the world, and network with other rock climbers, mountaineers, hikers, and backpackers.  The site is built and maintained by its visitors who can do such things as submit mountain photos and add favorite peaks.

 Mountains - Northeast U.S.A.

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MainelyHiking.com     www.mainelyhiking.com

  • Trail descriptions, photographs, and general information for hiking in the mountains of Maine, New Hampshire, and Maine's Mt. Katahdin.

 Mountains - New Hampshire

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White Mountains Info Server     www.cs.dartmouth.edu/whites

  • Extensive information on New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest.  Developed by David Metsky and hosted by Dartmouth College.

White Mountain National Forest     www.fs.fed.us/r9/white

  • The U.S.D.A. Forest Service website for New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest.

 Mountains - New York

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Catskill Guide     www.catskillguide.com/hiking.htm

  • Guide to hiking in the Catskill Mountains.

 Parks - National Parks

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Area Parks Network     www.areaparks.com

  • A comprehensive guide to every national park within the United States of America. This network also includes many of the national monuments.

L.L. Bean Park Search     www.llbean.com/parksearch/index.html

  • L.L.Bean's Park Search™ puts the world's parks at your fingertips. It's the perfect place to start planning your next adventure, and it's easy to use. Start your search by entering a park name or by choosing a region you want to explore.

ParkNet: National Park Service     www.nps.gov

  • Website of the U.S. National Park Service.  The mission of the NPS is "...to promote and regulate the use of the...national parks...which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."

 Retailers - Online & Outdoors

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Altrec.com     www.altrec.com

  • Outdoor clothing & equipment, content, and adventure travel vacations.

Campmor.com     www.campmor.com

  • Outdoor clothing & equipment.

Eastern Mountain Sports     www.ems.com

  • Outdoor clothing & equipment, content, climbing & kayak schools.

L.L.Bean     www.llbean.com

  • Outdoor clothing & equipment, outdoor sports information, Outdoor Discovery Schools, and National Park Directory.

Mountain Gear     www.mgear.com

  • Outdoor clothing & equipment, content, and product reviews.

PlanetOutdoors.com     www.planetoutdoors.com

  • Outdoor clothing & equipment.

REI     www.rei.com

  • Outdoor clothing & equipment, content, and adventure travel vacations.

 Schools - Outdoor Education/Adventure

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National Outdoor Leadership School     www.nols.edu

  • Courses worldwide.

Outward Bound School     www.outwardbound.org

  • Courses worldwide.

 Skiing/Snowboarding/Winter Sports

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Aspen Ski Tours     www.ski.com

  • Aspen Ski Tours offers numerous packaged winter sport vacations in North America. The company has been in business for over twenty-eight years offering packages including discount air, accommodations, transfers and lift tickets.

Iglu.com     www.iglu.com

  • Winter vacations as well as detailed resort information, daily snow reports, panoramic chalets photos, webcams, 3D maps, travel advice, ski tips, ski exercises, equipment news, ski features, and more.

New England Ski Resorts     www.NewEnglandSkiResorts.com

  • A comprehensive guide to ski and snowboard areas in New England.

Resort Sports Network     www.rsn.com

  • Resort Sports Network (RSN) is a television and Internet company that serves as a liaison between winter and summer resorts and outdoor recreationalists.  The RSN website includes features such as Resort Cams and Trip Giveaways.  RSN owns and operates White Mountain TV located in North Conway, New Hampshire, Summit TV in Summit County, Colorado, and RSN Lake Tahoe, California.  Properties include RSN.com, the RSN cable television network, available in over 50 resort areas, and RSN's metro TV product "RSN.COM TV Updates," appearing daily on cable channels in major metro markets.

SkiNet.com     www.skinet.com

  • A skier's marketplace for ideas, shopping, and travel.

SnoCountry     www.snocountry.com

  • The place to find the latest snow conditions, mountain resort information, and special events at ski resorts.

Trails - Long Distance Hiking Trails

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Allegheny Trail, WV - West Virginia Scenic Trails Association     www.wvonline.com/wvsta/

  • The West Virginia Scenic Trails Association (WVSTA) is a nonprofit organization founded in the early 1970s and staffed entirely by volunteers. WVSTA built and maintains the Allegheny Trail although its long-range goal is to promote and help construct a statewide system of trails that would help prevent overcrowding and degradation of existing trails.

American Discovery Trail - American Discovery Trail Society     www.discoverytrail.org

  • The mission of the American Discovery Trail Society is to promote, construct and manage a coast-to-coast, multi-use hiking trail, and to link and protect significant resources along the trail via the support of local volunteers and public and private partnerships. To promote the appreciation, preservation, and enjoyment of America's natural lands, historic sites and cities along the route through education and appropriate political action.  The 6,300-mile ADT runs from Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware, to Pt. Reyes National Seashore, California.

Appalachian Trail - Appalachian Trail Conference     www.appalachiantrail.org

  • The ATC has been responsible since 1925 for coordinating the volunteer-based development, protection, and management of the 2,160 mile Appalachian Trail — from Maine to Georgia.

Appalachian Trail - Trailplace     www.trailplace.com

  • An interactive website for Appalachian Trail thru-hikers hosted by Dan Bruce, a.k.a. "Wingfoot," a many-time thru-hiker, A.T. advocate, and author of The Thru-Hiker's Handbook.

Continental Divide Trail - Continental Divide Trail Alliance     www.cdtrail.org

  • A non-profit membership organization dedicated to helping U.S. land managers complete, manage, and preserve the 3,100 mile CDT. The CDT traverses the Rocky Mountains from Canada to Mexico through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.

Continental Divide Trail - Continental Divide Trail Society     www.cdtsociety.org

  • Working since 1978 to help develop and maintain the CDT as a silent trail and to assist users in planning and enjoying their experiences along the trail.

John Muir Trail, CA - Pacific Crest Trail Association     www.pcta.org/about_trail/muir/over.asp

  • The 211-mile John Muir Trail in California runs from Yosemite National Park to Mt. Whitney (14,494 ft.), the highest peak in the lower 48 United States.  Much of the JMT is maintained by the Pacific Crest Trail Association.

Long Trail, VT - Green Mountain Club     www.greenmountainclub.org

  • The Green Mountain Club and its 7500 plus members from across the country share a love for hiking and a commitment to preserving and protecting the Long Trail System for future generations. Although the Green Mountain Club primarily cares for the 270-mile Long Trail, the Club's advocacy and education efforts also safeguard Vermont's many other hiking trails.   

Pacific Crest Trail - Pacific Crest Trail Association     www.pcta.org

  • The mission of the PCTA is to promote and protect the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail so as to reflect its world-class significance for the enjoyment, education, and adventure of hikers and equestrians.  The PCT runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Washington, and Oregon.

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