More Outdoor Links (updated 12/29/08)

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The web contains many valuable and informative sites for the mountaineer. Some of the better ones are listed below. Please help me keep these links up to date by suggesting new sites, address changes or identify any link not working properly. Contact

These Great Outdoor Links are organized in the following categories: [Backcountry Skiing and Snow Pages] [Backpacking/Hiking/Climbing] [Conservation Organizations] [General Outdoors] [Miscellaneous Links] [National Parks and Forests] [Photographs]

Backcountry Skiing and Snow Pages

Bob's Free-Heel Skiing in the Sierra--Bob Akka's backcountry ski information for the Sierra Nevada.

Build Igloos--this bucket makes building an igloo easy.

California Snow Page--Department of Water Resources snow survey info.

Cascade Ski Report--dedicated to Northwest skiing and boarding. Your quickest resource for current northwest ski conditions including backcountry avalanche forecasts and current local weather.

Freeheels--an excellent site dedicated to free-heel skiing by Nils Larsen. E-mail dedicated to skiiers and boarders all over the world. E-mail:

Igloos--The following site from Norway contains a nice discussion with photos of igloo construction techniques:

Jackson Hole Skiing and Snowmobiling--Guide to Jackson Hole skiing, snowmobiling and winter recreation.

Kootenary Experience--online guide books, links, mail order, gear and equipment. Qua Lake Lodge, avalanche courses and heli-skiing for backcountry skiers and climbers in the Southern Selkirks (near Nelson, B.C. Canada). Phone: (888) 488-4327. Backcountry skiing Yurts - Ymir Yurts - located in the West Kootenay's with great powder tree skiing.

Mount Shasta SnowCam--the Snowcrest camera updates images every 10 minutes and includes wind and temperature data.

Off Piste Magazine--e-mail

Ski Maps--ski maps maps of the resorts and much more. fabulous website loaded with information for those interested in skiing or boarding the major summits of the Cascade Range from Lassen Peak in the south (California) to Mount Garibaldi and Mount Meager in the north (Canada). Truly, a guide to year-round ski and snowboard mountaineering on 26 majestic volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest.

Sondre Norheim - the Skiing Pioneer of Telemark--this site is dedicated to Sondre Norheim, the skiing pioneer who revolutionized skiing during the end of the 19th century. Sondre is recognized worldwide as the Father of Modern Skiing. This poor cotter from Telemark played a crucial role in transforming skiing from means of transportation into enjoyment and sports. Using a new type of skis and bindings, Sondre introduced the Telemark style and the slalom. Ski historians credit Sondre and the rich ski environment of his home village Morgedal, with having a major impact on the development of skiing as a sport. At this web site you will be presented with important information about Sondre and related material all in one place. The site is created by Norwegian journalists Anne-Gry Blikom and Eivind Molde. URL:

SnoNet--backcountry ski information for the Sierra Nevada.

Telemark Skiing--in the Lyngen Alps, Norway.

Telemark Tips--offering instruction, online tips and lessons, equipment reviews, photos and articles on backcountry skiing. Check out this site. E-mail:

WildSnow--books, articles, essays, photography, tips and tricks, ski Colorado's Fourteeners all by Lou Dawson. Lou Dawson is the author of Dawson's Guides to Colorado's Fourteeners as well as the definitive history of backcountry skiing and snowboarding, Wild Snow. He also has several Colorado regional guide books in print, and does digital imaging and photography related to wilderness and backcountry recreation, including backcountry ski and snowboard.

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Alaska Mountaineering Magazine--an online magazine maintained by Alaskan climbers interested in providing skiers, climbers, hikers with valuable information about Alaska's backcountry including weather reports, avalanche reports, articles and mountaineering info.

Arizona's Vertical Web--climbing areas in Arizona, California and New Mexico. and

Aspiring Heights--is dedicated to promoting rock climbing and mountaineering through climbing events, corporate team building programs and promotional opportunities. Specialize in youth programs, youth climbing camps, climbing leagues and women's programs.

Backcountry Home Page--filled with useful info for the hiker and climber.

Big Wall Home Page by John Middendorf--Tango Towers in Pakistan, Troll Wall of Norway, Yosemite, other Big Walls of the World, big wall equipment.

California Climber's Network

Colorado Rocky Mountain Trip Reports--a non-profit site that contains links to over a thousand trip reports in and around the Rocky Mountains.

Cotopaxi--this site is filled with info on climbing in Ecuador and Boliva. A collaborative effort of Andinistas in Quito and the Colleigio Americana (the Cotopaxi School). Please feel free to contact regarding Andean Mountaineering.

Climbing Central--devoted to climbing in the Great Lakes Region featuring rock and ice climbing, gyms, retailers, etc.

Equipment and Gear Reviews--tents, backpacks, jackets, boots, sleeping bags. See what the actual users are saying about the equipment.

Everest News--This site offers daily updates from groups attempting the summit. A very fascinating site.

Expedition Inspiration--Calling attention to the breast cancer epidemic and the urgent need to find a cure. Laura Evans developed the idea of this organization during her personal struggle with breast cancer. Breast cancer survivors climb mountains (Denali, Aconcagua, Rainier, Whitney) to raise awareness and funds for research. E-mail:

Fourteeners--Colorado Fourteeners

Fourteener Gallery--contains a wealth of valuable information on Colorado's 14,000 foot peaks including photos, maps, articles, routes and much more.

Fourteener's of North America--lists and maps of all the 14,000 foot peaks in Canada, Alaska, the continental U.S. and Mexico. Check it out, an excellent site.

Frank Farmer's Mountaineering Page--focused on the Southern Sierra Nevada but interested in mountains everywhere.

Gordie's Ramblings--ramblings in the Sierra Nevada

Hikenet--a comprehensive list of clubs in the U.S.

Ron Karpel's home page--some great photos and trip descriptions of ice climbs, hikes and summits.

Lightweight Backpacker

Mexico Climbing--for those interested in exploring and climbing in Mexico

Mount Shasta Climber's Guide--routes, conditions, information for climbers, skiers and snowboarders. Steve Lewis, author of Climbing Mount Shasta, has a very informative site and provides regular bullitens on the most current road, snow and climbing conditions on Mount Shasta.

Mount Shasta Climber's Guide--an excellent guidebook by Steve Lewis for climibing Mount Shasta via Avalanche Gulch. This route is the most popular route on the mountain and is considered the standard route to the summit of this 14,000-foot volcano. Mount Shasta rises nearly 11,000 feet from the Sacramento River canyon at its base and the communities of Mount Shasta, McCloud, Dunsmuir, and Weed.

Mountain Zone--snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking, hiking, photography, climbing, peak bagging. Info and reports on Mount Everest expeditions.

Northern California Backcountry Pages--a directory of scenic and pristine places to explore in Northern California.

Outward Bound

Pacific Crest Trail Association--everything you need to know about the trail that passes through Washington, Oregon, and California. (

Peakware World Mountain Encyclopedia--is built by its visitors with mountain photos, route descriptions, summit logs. Add your own peak to this site. There are more than 1700 summits and route descriptions on the site.

Self_Rescue--an excellent site with valuable information on self rescue and interesting info on caving.

Sierra Nevada Hikers Web-ring

Sierra Photography--great photos, trip reports, trans-Sierra Ski trips

Smith Rocks--great site for the serious rock climber

Tahoe Rim Trail Association--a voluntary organization with the goal to build, promote and maintain a rim trail system around Lake Tahoe. P.O. Box 4647, Stateline NV 89449, 775-588-0686,

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Conservation Organizations

Environmental Defense Fund--combining science, law and economics to find economical solutions to environmental problems.

Friends of Yosemite Valley--opposes commercialism in Yosemite and believes it is at the heart of the Park's problems.

Mono Lake Committee--a non-profit citizens group dedicated to protecting and restoring Mono Lake Basin Ecosystem, educating the public about Mono Lake and the environmental impacts of excessive water useage, and promoting cooperative solutions that protect Mono Lake. Established in 1978.

John Muir Exhibit--the wonderful and inspiring writings of John Muir.

National Audubon Society

National Geographic Society

National Resource Defense Council

National Wildlife Foundation

Nature Conservancy

Nordic Voice--a conservation newsletter for backcountry skiers. Livermore, CA. E-mail:

San Gorgonio WILDERNESS Association--protecting and preserving the San Gorgonio Wilderness

Wilderness Society--devoted to public lands protection and management

World Wildlife Fund--WWF

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General Outdoors

Adventure Sports

Altrec--hike, climb, camp, cycle, fly fish, paddle, conditioning, shops, travel and feature articles.

Avalanche-Outdoor Sports Online--Avalanche will bury you with outdoor sports articles, videos, photos, links, events and more. Get you pulse racing and check us out! URL:

Banff Centre for Mountain Culture--promotes the understanding and appreciation of the world's mountains.

GORP--Great Outdoor Recreation Pages

Himalayas--where earth meet sky

Mount Everest: The British Story--For all the facts, stories and events concerning the British on Mount Everest, we will provide all the answers. On this site you can learn about the British on Mount Everest, from their first expedition to their modern expeditions of today. Includes history, summiteers list, facts and a gallery.

Mountain Zone--snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking, hiking, photography, climbing, peak bagging. Info and reports on Mount Everest expeditions.

National Geographic--a great site of nature and exploration

Outdoor Industry Women's Council (OIWC)--promoting the advancement and participation of women in the outdoors industry

Outdoor Network--provides on-line resources for outdoor industry professionals including job opportunities, insurance, wilderness medicine, conferences, organizations and much more.

Sheclimbs, Inc.--National resource for women climbers, a non-profit site.

The Wilderness Journal

The Women's Page--events, gear, health, women's forums, recommended reading by backpacker magazine.

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Miscellaneous Links

395--Highway 395 runs along the east side of the Sierra Nevada. This site provides the outdoor enthusiast and tourist with everything they need to know about the towns, recreation and activities along the east side of the Sierra Nevada--Lone Pine to Bridgeport, Mount Whitney to Matterhorn Peak.

Altadena Mountain Rescue Team--a Mountain Rescue Association team affiliated with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. E-mail:

Balance Nutrition Bar--a great tasting nutrition bar that is balanced between carbohydrates (sugars), protein and fat. Very different than other power bars that are loaded with carbohydrates and sugars with very little protein value.

Bear Bags--an innovative method of protecting your food from hungry bears, by John Reed. E-mail--

Chamonix, France--thinking of heading to Chamonix to ski or climb? Apartments and studios for your ski vacation. E-mail: official website of Colorado tourism. The site contains a wealth of information to assist in planning your vacation--hiking, biking, rafting, lodging, maps, outdoor recreation, golfing, camping.

Distances between places--How far is it between any city in the world?

Fishing in the Backcountry--Fly fishing in Desolation Wilderness, Emigrant Wilderness, the John Muir Wilderness, Pyramid Lake, New Zealand, Argentina and cane rods. This site is maintained by Stanford University Professor Jerome Yesavage.

Flygirls--Lexi's fishing school for women. Learn to flyfish in the Sierra Nevada from a real pro.

John C. Fremont--a web site dedicated to John C. Fremont, the Explorer, Mapmaker and Soldier. (

Tom Harrison Maps--an excellent source of maps at various scales. Now that USGS does not publish the 15 minute map series (1" equals a mile) Tom Harrison Maps are wonderful replacements.

HealthCentral--Dr. Dean Edell's web site with over 30,000 pages of health information. Dr. Edell is America's highest rated physician broadcaster. The site includes consumer health information service on every conceivable subject--from eating, fitness and vitamins to heart disease and prostrate cancer. The best reference and the best health information found anywhere.

Mammoth Lakes Web--all about Mammoth Lakes

MapQuest--maps, driving directions, traffic reports to thousands of locations

Resorts in Mexico--A travel information website for visitors interested in Mexico Vacation Destinations

Big Sky Montana Travel Guide--Complete travel and ski guide to Big Sky Montana and Yellowstone National Park.

Museum of the City of San Francisco--exceptional site with articles on the Donner Party and much more. to any newspaper in the U.S.

Sierra Web Page--everything there is to know about the eastern Sierra Nevada and Mammoth Lakes, Bishop and Mono Lake.

The Sports Doctor, Dr Z--Dr. Stuart Zeman's radio show and comprehensive website has much information about sports injuries, treatment and jprevention.

VeloNet: The Global Cycling Network--provides access with an estimated 10,000 other bicycle enthusiasts.

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National Parks and Forests

Alaska--information to help plan your visit to Alaska and Denali National Park or your climb of Mount McKinley.

Alaskan Natural History Association--maps and books

American Park Network

Bureau of Land Management (California)--an excellent site including info on river sports, wilderness areas, fishing, hunting, camping and trails for hikers, mountain bikes and equestrians.

California's National Parks, National Forests and public lands--Your official government source for backcountry trip planning in the Sierra Nevada, California's National Parks, National Forests, and Public Lands. This site is a joint effort of the NPS, USFS, and BLM.

Eldorado National Forest Interpretive Association (ENFIA)--a non-profit association of volunteers dedicated to helping the Forest Service tell visitors about the rich history, natural history, and special features of the forest. They have constructed and staff the Carson Pass Information Station (Phone: 209-258-8606).

Grand Teton Natural History Association--maps and books

Grand Canyon--excellent web site with everything you need to know for a trip to the Grand Canyon, check out the link to the Grand Canyon Natural History Association, the graphics and art are exceptional.

Grand Canyon Reservations

L.L. Bean Parksearch

Lassen Loomis Museum Association--P.O. Box 220, 38050 Highway 36 East Mineral, CA 96063, Phone: 530-595-3399, Natural history, maps, books, information.

National Forest Service (NFS) Virtual Visitor's Centers--link to the NFS Virtual Vistor's Center anywhere in the U.S.

National Parks--visit any National Park in the U.S.

National Recreation Reservation Service--call 877-444-6777 to reserve any USFS campground site in the United States. Or go to their web page to reserve a campground site--

Parks Canada--visit the National and Provincial Parks of Canada.

Sequoia Natural History Association--Books, maps and pamphlets about the history, features, flora and fauna of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and vicinity.

The Unofficial Rocky Mountain National Park Home Page--a comprehensive site with a name that says it all.

Yellowstone Park Net--a comprehensive information guide for Yellowstone National Park.Yellowstone National Park vacations, visitor information, travel planning, and fishing info.

Yosemite National Park--the official site of Yosemite National Park by the National Park Service.

Yosemite Concessions Services

Yosemite Store--books, maps, and other products

Yosemite--weather, roads, transportation, lodging, camping, hiking, dining, bed and breakfast, shopping, wineries, public services, calendar of events and much more at this commercial web site.

Yosemite Association--maps, books and phamphlets on hiking, climbing, history, flora, fauna and natural features of Yosemite National Park and vicinity. National Park visitors information with emphasis on families with children.

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Ansel Adams Gallery--Ansel Adams photography and seminars given by respected professionals. Additional seminars are available through the PhotoClassroom in Oakhurst.

Candid Images by Bonnie Colgan--brilliant photos of African wildlife, fall colors on the east side of the Sierra, winter scenes, Yosemite, the High Sierra, Mammoth Lakes and much more. She has a fine collection of greeting cards to compliment her custom matted and framed photos.

Vern Clevenger Photography--The gallery is located at 3612 Ranch Road, Bishop, CA 93514 (turn west onto W. Line Street, right on McLaren Road, and right on Ranch Road). Phone: 760-873-7803 or 888-224-VERN. Email:

Dancing Crane Productions--great wildlife photography of Gary Crandall including wonderful photos of bears, birds, eagles, wolves, coyotes, deer, moose, elk, mountain lion, bobcat, and many more. Excellent selection of matting and framing with exceptional prices and quality. E-mail:

Dennis Flaherty--Calendars, books, portfolios, and stock photos. E-mail Dennis at

Mark Gamba--extreme sports photography including whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, extreme skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking, and more.

Mountain and Sea Gallery--dramatic photography with exquisite colors by Kip Evans. Address: 3648 "The Barnyard", Carmel, CA 93923, phone: 831-626-7788, e-mail:

Mountainlight Photography--Internationally renowned photographer Galen Rowell's photos on display on the website and in a large gallery in Bishop. Galen offers seminars, workshops and field instruction for the outdoor photographer. He has published countless excellent books. Several of my favorites are included in the Backcountry Bookstore.

The Photographer's Guide to Yosemite, by Michael Frye, is a great little book with color photography. The author, Michael Frye, selects 37 locations in the park and discusses all aspects of photography with the aid of his great color photography.

RL Photo by Russ Lowgren--e-mail:

Wilderness Light--Photography by Claude Fiddler in Bishop, California.

Backcountry_Resource_Center--Paul Richins, Jr.

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