Information Resources (updated 3/2/08)

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

This page of Information Resources contain the following categories: [Clubs and Organizations], [Magazines and Publications] [Book Stores, Book Publishers and Maps]

Clubs and Organizations

Access Fund--a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting climber's interests in the U.S. while preserving Americas diverse climbing resources.

Alpine Club of Canada--Canada's premier climbing club. The club maintains numerous backcoutry huts throughout Canada including Banff and Jasper National Parks.

Alpine Club of the UK--United Kingdom

American Alpine Club--National Office
710 Tenth Street, Suite 15
Golden CO 80401
Phone: (303) 384-0112

American Alpine Club--Sierra Nevada Section

American Alpine Club--Central Rockies Section

American Mountain Foundation

American Mountain Guides Association

British Mountaineering Council

CMC—California Mountaineering Club
P.O. Box 5623
Pasadena, CA 91117-0623

Colorado Mountain Club--explore the Rockies with CMC

Explorers Club--World Center for Exploration, From the Himalyayas to the Ocean Floor. Includes expeditions, lectures, travel, grants, publications.

Himalayan Explorers Club

Mazamas--This outdoor recreation club, based in Oregon, was founded in 1894 on to of Mount Hood.

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 Club of Alaska--owns and maintains 8 backcountry huts in the Chugach and Talkeetna Mountains. The Club was established in 1958.

Mountain Forum

Mountain Institute

Mountain Rescue Association

Mountaineers--The Mountaineers is a nonprofit outdoor activity and conservation club, whose mission is to "explore, study, preserve and enjoy the natural beauty of the outdoors...." 1001 SW Klickitat Way, Suite 201, Seattle, WA 98134. Phone: (800) 553-4453

New Zealand Alpine Club

Potamac Appalachian Trail Club

Serac Mountaineering Club ( climbing club based in Orem, Utah

Sierra Club--a very impressive site

Sierra Club Index--link to every chapter in the US and Canada. Regional and area outings and events will be posted at each site.

Sierra Club Angeles Chapter--covering the Los Angeles Region. Check this informative site out.

Sierra Club Loma Prieta--covering the California coast

Sierra Club Mother Lode Chapter--covering northern California, the Central Valley and the Sierra Nevada.

Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter--covering the San Francisco Bay area.

South American Explorers Club--is widely recognized as the best overall source of travel information for South and Central America. Clubhouses in Lima, Peru; Quito, Ecuador; and Ithaca, New York. E-mail:

Swiss Alpine Club--the web page is in English, French and German

UIAA--Union of International Alpine Associations

Wilderness Medical Society

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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.

Backcountry Magazine--a magazine for the backcountry skier and boarder. Email:

Backpacker Magazine

Climbing Magazine--1101 Village Road LL1B, Carbondale, CO 81623. Phone: (970) 963-9449. E-mail:

Couloir Magazine--an outstanding publication for the backcountry skier

Expedition News

Explore Magazine--Canada's Number 1 adventure magazine

Northern California Explore--six times a year Explore will take readers on a journey with engaging articles, vivid color photos and crisp design--the magizine will transport readers to the most enticing places in the region. Our mission for the magazine is to be the most informative, entertaining and useful guide to Northern California's great outdoors. Our goal is to reach through our reader's eyes down into their restless souls to capture the imagination and stir the primal drive to explore.

Outside Online

Rock and Ice--603A S. Broadway, Boulder, CO 80303. Phone: (303) 499-8410

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Bookstores, Publishers and Maps

Adventurous Traveler Bookstore--245 South Champlain Street, P.O. Box 64769,Burlington, VT 05406. Phone: (800) 282-3963

Amazon Books--the largest book store on earth with hundreds of books for the hiker, climber and skier.

Alaskan Natural History Association--maps and books

Chessler Books, Mountaineering Books--P.O. Box 399-207, Kittredge, CO 80457. Phone: (303) 670-0093 or (800) 654-8502.

Falcon Outdoors--publishers of Falcon Guides on hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, paddling, fishing, wildlife and national parks.

Grand Canyon--check out the Grand Canyon Natural History Association selection of books and maps--the graphics and art are exceptional.

Grand Teton Natural History Association--maps and books

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.

Raven Maps and Images--World's most beautiful maps. Maps of the U.S., state wall maps, laminated and regular, special interest maps, landforms and drainage, The Rockies, High Plains, World Cities at Night, Earth Views, shaded relief maps, elevation tinted maps. Phone: (800) 237-0798, P.O. Box 850, Medford, Oregon 97501.

Rocky Mountain Books (RMB)--publishers of outstanding books on the Canadian Rockies and Western Canada. "Avalanche Safety for Skiers and Climbers," by Tony Daffern is available in the Backcountry Bookstore.

MT Recreational Services--source of maps and wilderness permits for the Sierra Nevada. P.O. Box 430 (126 S. Main), Big Pine, CA 93513
Wilderness Permit toll free number: (888) 374-3773 or (760) 938-1136, FAX (760) 938-1137.

Mountaineers Books--publishes perhaps the largest number of books on nature, hiking, backpacking, climbing, backcountry skiing and mountianeering technique.

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

Sierra Club Books

USGS National Mapping Information--United States Geological Service site with great mapping information with links to other USGS sites.

Westcliffe Publishers--books about Colorado.

Wilderness Press--Wilderness Press publishes an excellent selection of backcountry books and very accurate, detailed and up-to-date 15 minute maps. Many of the maps are coated/treated to protect against the elements. Address: 2440 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, Phone: (510) 843-8080 or (800) 443-7227.

Wildflower Productions--interactive maps on CD ROM. An excellent source for topo maps with a wide coverage of the U.S.

Yosemite Association--books, maps and pamphlets on hiking, climbing, history features, flora and fauna of Yosemoite National Park and vicinity.

Backcountry_Resource_Center--Paul Richins, Jr.

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