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The Site Map/Index links below are all internal links to the appropriate page within the Backcountry Resource Center web site. Where an outside link is necessary, you will first be linked to the page containing the desired outside link. As an example, the Alaskan Natural History Association link below is an internal link to the Links page. First click below and then on ANHA under More Links and it will take you the external ANHA site.
Numeric, A-C, D-F, G-J, K-M, N-P, Q-S, T-V, W-Z

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"50 Classic Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Summits in California--Mount Shasta to Mount Whitney", by Paul Richins, Jr.
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A Challenge to Federal Land Managers to Protect the High Country From the Impacts Caused by Pack Animals--In Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, and some of California's pristine wilderness areas, riding stock and pack stock are allowed to roam about trampling meadows, wildflowers, and sensitive riparian habitat.

A Perilous Winter Night on Lassen Peak--two personal accounts of how four climbers survived a fierce winter blizzard on the summit of Lassen Peak in an igloo, by Paul Richins and Gene Leach, 1971 account.

A Wolf Sighting in the Sierra Nevada? On June 7, 2007, I saw a wolf or wolf-like animal near Mono Pass in the Sierra Nevada. Read my account.

Adaptive Summiteers Expedition To Mount Whitney, by Timothy A. Cleveland--Tim plans to be the first paraplegic to ascend Mount Whitney in a specially designed wheel chair.

Aging and exercise--How Exercise Affects Aging

Alaskan Mountaineering Magazine--an on line magazine about Alaska backcountry

Alaskan Natural History Association (ANHA)

Alpine Club of Canada (ACC)

American Alpine Club (AAC)

An Arduous Cross-Country Ascent of Mount Whitney--climb Whitney with an athletic and eager 10-year old girl. Read this account of climbing Whitney, not the easy way on the Whitney Trail, but as we ascend the peak via an arduous cross-country route from Cottonwood Lakes, Army Pass, Sky-Blue Lake, Crabtee Pass and Lake, over the shoulder of Discovery Pinnacle, and onto the summit.

Avalanche Awareness--principles of avalanche hazard evaluation.

Avalanche Center

Backpacks

A buyer's Guide to Backpacks
Lightweight Backpacks: All the Functions, Nearly Half the Weight

Backcountry Bookstore--over 100 recommended titles with discounts to 30%

Backcountry Guides--mountain guides and climbing schools with field instruction

Backcountry Guides for Women--guides specializing in women's programs and trips

Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Guides--for the ski/snowboard mountaineer

Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding--see skiing and snowboarding listed below

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

Bear Encounters of the Close Kind in the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River--an entertaining account of my encounter with a mother bear and 2 cubs in the Grand Canyon Tuolumne River

Best Short Hikes in California's South Sierra, guidebook published by Mountaineers Books

Big Wall Home Page by John Middendorf--Tango Towers, Troll Wall, Yosemite, equipment

David Breashears, "High Exposure: An Enduring Passion for Everest"

Stimson Bullitt: A climber's Inspiration at age 79--is still doing highly technical climbs of note.

Gary Bocarde, Mountain Trip--AMGA certified Alaskan Alpine Guide

California 100--The 100 highest peaks in California, Mount Lyell to Mount Whitney

California's Fourteeners

Climbing California's 14,000 Footers
List and climbing routes of each of California's Fourteeners

Carson Pass: Three Terriffic Tours and Two Splendid Summits--an excerpt from 50 Classic Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Summits in California: Mount Shasta to Mount Whitney

Cho Oyu Expedition 1998--Tony Hamza describes his climb of this 8,000 meter peak

Clyde Minaret--climbing the southwest face, September 2007

Timothy A. Cleveland--Adaptive Summiteers Expedition To Mount Whitney

Clubs and Organizations--American Alpine Club, Sierra Club, the Mountaineers, others

Colorado's Fourteeners--list of the 54 peaks in Colorado exceeding 14,000 feet

Colorado Mountain Club (CMC)

Conservation Organizations

Cotopaxi--climbing in Ecuador and Boliva. John.Zazzara@amd.com

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Donner Party--Distressing News, February 13, 1847

El Capitan, Yosemite National Park--Climber Re-conquers El Capitan at age 81:

Equipment

A buyer's Guide to Backpacks
Equipment Check List--what to take on a multi-day backcountry trip
Equipment links to stores, mail order and equipment manufacturers
Lightweight Backpacks: All the Functions, Nearly Half the Weight
The Top Ten Equipment Innovations--ten advances in backcountry gear

Exercise and aging--How Exercise Affects Aging

First aid kit--contents of a medical first aid kit

Fishing

Fishing in the Backcountry--Desolation Valley, John Muir Wilderness
Flygirls--fly fishing school for women.

Food

Logan Bread--recipe
Menu Planner and Food List--tasty, inexpensive meals for the backcountry
Mountain Gourmet--delicious alpine menu suggestions

Fourteeners of North America--list and maps of all 14,000 foot peaks in North America

Fremont, John C.--the first winter crossing of the Sierra Nevada, February 1844

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G-J

"Giardia Lamblia and GiardiasisWith Particular Attention to the Sierra Nevada", by Robert L. Rockwell, PhD, or "To Filter or Not to Filter, A Different Opinion".

Grand Canyon Natural History Association

Grand Teton Natural History Association

Guides--mountain guides and climbing schools with field instruction

Guides for women--guides specializing in women's programs and trips

Hamza, Tony.--Cho Oyu Expedition 1998

HealthCentral--Dr Dean Edell's consumer health information service

Huts--huts in Alaska, California, Canada, Colorado and more

Igloo Construction Techniques--by Gene Leach

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K-M

King, Clarence, Across the Great Divide

Lassen Peak

A Perilous Winter Night on Lassen Peak, two accounts of how four climbers survive a blizzard in an igloo on Lassen Peak
Beginner's Luck--The 1954 Ski Traverse of Lassen Volcanic National Park

Gene Leach

A Perilous Winter Night on Lassen Peak, two accounts of four climbers who survive a blizzard on the summit of Lassen Peak in an igloo, 1971
Beginner's Luck--The 1954 Ski Traverse of Lassen Volcanic National Park
High Tech Ski Equipment of the 1960's--a highly entertaining account
Igloo Construction Techniques
Snow Cave Construction Techniques

Links--great outdoor links or see Home Page--Lists and Links

Magazines--online magazines, Couloir, Rock & Ice, Climbing, Backpacker and more

Maps--sources to purchase maps and books

Miscellaneous Links--also see Home Page, Lists and Links

Mount Baker--sets a world snowfall record of nearly 97 feet for the 1998-99 season.

Mount Denali --Laura Evan's brief account of her climb of Denali with Expedition Inspiration

Mount Everest

Mount Everest--link to this site with updates on current climbs
Mount Everest's Elevation Measured with GPS

Mount Goddard, The Enchanted Gorge--by Theodore S. Solomons, 1896

Mount Hunter, Alaska--Climbing the West Ridge of Mount Hunter

Mount Logan--ascent of Mount Logan's East Ridge

Mount McKinley--Link to Mt. McKinley/Denali N.P. (see Home Page--Lists and Links)

Mount Rainier--Link to Mount Rainier N.P. (see Home Page--Lists and Links)

Mount Ritter, The Untouched Summit of Mount Ritter--by John Muir, 1872

Mount Shasta

Link to Mount Shasta, USFS (see Home Page--Lists and Links)
Laurie Bagley sets a women's record for climbing Mount Shasta in 2 hours 13 minutes.
Route description for climbing Mount Shasta
Six Times to the Top: Climber Sets Record on Mount Shasta
Ski / Snowboard Descent of Mount Shasta--Mount Shasta's Hotlum - Wintun Ridge, by Paul Richins, Jr.
Snow Blind on Mount Shasta--a first hand experience by Paul Richins, Jr.
Snow-Storm on Mount Shasta, by John Muir, September 1877

Mount Whitney

Across the Great Divide--Clarence King, 1864
Adaptive Summiteers Expedition To Mount Whitney, by Timothy A. Cleveland.
Link to Mount Whitney, USFS (see Home Page--Lists and Links)
An Arduous Cross-Country Ascent of Mount Whitney--climb Whitney with an athletic and eager 10-year old girl. Read this account of climbing Whitney, not the easy way on the Whitney Trail, but as we ascend the peak via an arduous cross-country route from Cottonwood Lakes, Army Pass, Sky-Blue Lake, Crabtee Pass and Lake, over the shoulder of Discovery Pinnacle, and onto the summit.
Mount Whitney—The Early Climbs--by Francis P. Farquhar
Mount Whitney: Mountain of Solutide--this article was published in the Sacramento Bee on 2/3/05 and describes my ascent and ski descent of the Mountaineers Couloir and circumnavigation of Whitney on skis.
My Climb of Mount Whitney--by Sierra Richins

Mount Whitney: The Complete Trailhead-to-Summit Hiking Guide, Second Edition, Paul Richins, Jr., Mountaineers Books, Seattle, WA, 256 pages, detailed maps, trail profile tables and charts, mileage and elevation charts, 40 photos, April 2008. The most comphrensive hiking guide published on Mount Whitney hiking routes. The guidebook includes the popular Mount Whitney Trail plus 14 other hiking routes. The Second Edition has been revised and expanded including a chapter on climbing Whitney in the winter. Summary and description of the guidebook.

Mountain Guides--a list of links to mountain guides and climbing schools.

Mountain Guides for Women--a list of links to mountain guides and climbing schools for women.

Mountain Medicine--snow blindness, hypothermia, acute mountain sickness and first aid kit.

Mountain Trip, Gary Bocarde--AMGA certified Alaskan Alpine Guide

The Mountaineers--the mountaineering club in Seattle, their books, activities and web page

Moving Over Stone--Doug Robinson, rock climbing and ski

John Moynier

Avalanche Awareness--principles of avalanche hazard evaluation
John Moynier, ski and mountain guide and avalanche safety courses
Snowboard Mountaineering

John Muir

John Muir Exhibit--a truely informative site of many of John Muir's writings
Stickeen: An Adventure with a Dog and a Glacier--by John Muir
Snow-Storm on Mount Shasta--by John Muir, September 1877
The Discovery of Living Glaciers in Yosemite Park--by John Muir
The Untouched Summit of Mount Ritter--by John Muir, 1872
Wind-Storm in the Forests--by John Muir

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N-P

National Forests, USFS Virtual Visitor Centers (see Home Page--Lists and Links)

National Parks in U.S. and Canada (see Home Page--Lists and Links)

Norway

Three Weeks in Paradise: The Lyngen Alps of Norway
Top of the World: Stortind's Unclimbed Southwest Ridge

Oregon Volcanoes--guidebooks for skiing/snowboarding from the summits these majestic peaks.

Peak Baggers--Sierra Club's Sierra Peaks Section,SPS List of 247 peaks in the Sierra Nevada

Trinity Alps--Peak Bagging in the 1930's--If the Trinity Alps had a golden age of mountaineering it was in the 1920s and 30s. Legendary Norman Clyde made over 30 ascents, many of them firsts. Hatfield Goudey , a mountaineer's name if ever there was one, wrote this article for the Sierra Club Bulletin covering the state of mountain climbing in the Trinity Alps in the 1930s.

Permits--wilderness permits

Photo Gallery--Enjoy the beauty of nature through photography in the gallery. Check out the beautiful photos of Cathedral Lake and Peak, Precipice Lake in Sequoia NP, and more. Click on Trinity Alps in winter for unique photos of the winter time landscape. View photos from Trekking California. This beautiful guide is filled with color photos as well as California's best multi-day backpack trips.

Planning--before setting out, Ten Trip Planning Tips

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Red Slate Mountain--A Ten Year Old Climbs Red Slate Mountain--by Sierra Richins

Paul Richins, Jr. (articles and guidebooks)

"50 Classic Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Summits in California--Mount Shasta to Mount Whitney", guidebook published Mountaineers Books
A Perilous Winter Night on Lassen Peak--two personal accounts of how four climbers survived a fierce winter blizzard on the summit of Lassen Peak in an igloo, 1971 account.
Adventures with a Broken Ski--repairing a broken ski in the backcountry
An Arduous Cross-Country Ascent of Mount Whitney--climb Whitney with an athletic and eager 10-year old girl. Read this account of climbing Whitney, not the easy way on the Whitney Trail, but as we ascend the peak via an arduous cross-country route from Cottonwood Lakes, Army Pass, Sky-Blue Lake, Crabtee Pass and Lake, over the shoulder of Discovery Pinnacle, and onto the summit. Bear Encounters of the Close Kind in the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River
Biographical information about Paul Richins, Jr., web site author
Best Short Hikes in California's South Sierra, guidebook published by Mountaineers Books
Buyer's Guide to Backpacks
Carson Pass: Three Terriffic Tours and Two Splendid Summits--an excerpt from 50 Classic Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Summits in California: Mount Shasta to Mount Whitney
Climbing California's 14,000 Footers
Climbing the West Ridge of Mount Hunter
Clyde Minaret--climbing the southwest face, September 2007
Equipment Check List--what to take on a multi-day backcountry trip
Menu Planner and Food List--tasty, inexpensive meals for the backcountry
Mount Logan's East Ridge
Mount Whitney: Mountain of Solutide--this article was published in the Sacramento Bee on 2/3/05 and describes my ascent and ski descent of the Mountaineers Couloir and circumnavigation of Whitney on skis.
Mount Whitney: The Complete Trailhead to Summit Hiking Guide, Guidebook published by Mountaineers Books.
Richins' Rule--method/formula for estimating hiking times in the mountains
Sierra Nevada "Hall of Fame" Ski Expeditions--route descriptions of some of the best ski tours in the Sierra
Ski Mountaineer's PeaksSMP--list of peaks for ski mountaineers and snowboarders
Ski / Snowboard Descent of Mount Shasta--Mount Shasta's Hotlum - Wintun Ridge
SkiTips--a buyers guide tips for purchasing backcountry skis
Snow Shelters--the importance of snow caves/igloos
Snow-shoe Thompson--carried the mail across the Sierra Nevada for 20 winters
Snow-Storm on Lassen Peak--four climbers survive a blizzard in an igloo
Surviving Mount Logan's East Ridge
Tele Tips for Free-heelers--a few tips on technique to improve your turns.
Tents--a buyer's guide to purchasing a 3 or 4 season tent
Three Weeks in Paradise: The Lyngen Alps of Norway
Top of the World: Stortind's Unclimbed Southwest Ridge
Top Ten Equipment Innovations--ten advances in backcountry gear
Traverse of the Trinity Alps on skis and snowshoes.
Trekking California--a guidebook of the best 30-90 mile treks in California from the Oregon Border to Mount Whitney
Trip Planning Tips--before setting out, ten trip planning tips
Wolf Sighting--a possible wolf sighting in the Sierra Nevada in June 2007

Sierra Richins

A Ten Year Old Climbs Red Slate Mountain, by Sierra Richins
Climbing California's 14,000 Footers, by Paul Richins, Jr.
My Climb of Mount Whitney, by Sierra Richins

Doug Robinson

Moving Over Stone, rock climbing and backcountry ski guide
A Night on the Ground, A Day in the Open, by Doug Robinson

Galen Rowell--Mountainlight Photography

Galen Rowell, Galen Rowell's Inner Game of Outdoor Photography, Galen Rowell, W.W. Norton, 288 pages, hardcover, June 2001. The grand master of adventure photography reveals the art, craft, and philosophy behind his images.

Galen Rowell, various books in the Backcountry Bookstore under the conservation and pictorials category.

Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks Natural History Association

Sierra Club

Sierra Nevada "Hall of Fame" Ski Expeditions--route descriptions of some of the best ski tours in the Sierra

Ski Areas--cross-country ski areas in California

Ski Reports--all alpine ski resorts in the US and Canada (see Home Page--List and Links)

Skiing and Snowboarding (backcountry)

"50 Classic Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Summits in California--Mount Shasta to Mount Whitney", by Paul Richins, Jr.
Adventures with a Broken Ski--repairing a broken ski in the backcountry
Avalanche Awareness--principles of avalanche hazard evaluation
Avalanche Center
Backcountry Bookstore
Beginner's Luck--The 1954 Ski Traverse of Lassen Volcanic National Park
Carson Pass: Three Terriffic Tours and Two Splendid Summits--an excerpt from 50 Classic Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Summits in California: Mount Shasta to Mount Whitney
High Tech Ski Equipment of the 1960's--an entertaining account by Gene Leach
Sierra Nevada "Hall of Fame" Ski Expeditions--route descriptions of some of the best ski tours in the Sierra
Ski Mountaineer's PeaksSMP--list of peaks for ski mountaineers and snowboarders
Ski / Snowboard Descent of Mount Shasta--Mount Shasta's Hotlum - Wintun Ridge--an excerpt from 50 Classic Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Summits in California: Mount Shasta to Mount Whitney
Ski and Snowboard Guidebooks--backcountry ski and snowboard summits in California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and North America.
Ski Guides--backcounty ski and snowboard guides.
SkiTips--a buyers guide tips for purchasing backcountry skis.
Tele Tips for Free-heelers--A few tips to improve your technique and turns.

Ski Mountaineer's PeaksSMP--list of peaks for ski mountaineers and snowboarders

Snow Blind on Mount Shasta--a first hand experince by Paul Richins, Jr.

Snowboard Challenge--list of peaks for snowboarders, an excerpt from 50 Classic Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Summits in California: Mount Shasta to Mount Whitney.

Snowboard Mountaineering--by John Moynier

Snowfall record--Mount Baker sets a world record of nearly 97 feet for the 1998-99 season.

Snow Shelters

Igloo Construction Techniques--by Gene Leach
Snow Cave Construction Techniques--by Gene Leach
Snow Shelters--the importance of snow caves/igloos
Snow-Storm on Lassen Peak--four climbers survive a blizzard in an igloo

Snow-shoe Thompson--carried the mail across the Sierra Nevada for 20 winters

SPS Peaks List --Sierra Club's Sierra Peaks Section list of 247 peaks in the Sierra Nevada

Stimson Bullitt: A climber's Inspiration at age 79

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Tele Tips for Free-heelers--A few tips on technique to improve your turns.

Tents--a buyer's guide to purchasing a 3 or 4 season tent

Traverse of the Trinity Alps on skis and snowshoes.

Trekking California--a guidebook by Paul Richins, Jr. of the best 30-90 mile treks in California from the Oregon Border to Mount Whitney

Trinity Alps--Peak Bagging in the 1930's--If the Trinity Alps had a golden age of mountaineering it was in the 1920s and 30s. Legendary Norman Clyde made over 30 ascents, many of them firsts. Hatfield Goudey , a mountaineer's name if ever there was one, wrote this article for the Sierra Club Bulletin covering the state of mountain climbing in the Trinity Alps in the 1930s.

Trip Planning Tips--before setting out, ten trip planning tips

W-Z

Washington Volcanoes--guidebooks for skiing/snowboarding from the summits these majestic peaks.

Water quality in the Sierra Nevada--"Giardia Lamblia and GiardiasisWith Particular Attention to the Sierra Nevada", by Robert L. Rockwell, PhD, or "To Filter or Not to Filter, A Different Opinion".

Weather, Road and Avalanche Center

Wilderness Permits

Wilderness Society--devoted to public lands protection

Wind-Chill Tables--in both Celsius and Fahrenheit scales

Wolf Sighting in the Sierra Nevada? On June 7, 2007, I saw a wolf or wolf-like animal near Mono Pass. Read my account and the accounts of others.

Women in the mountains--articles, organizations and backcountry mountain guides promoting rock climbing, hiking, climbing, backpackpacking and skiing for women.

World War II Airman's bodies found in Mendel Glacier--After more than 60 years the bodies of two WW II airmen have been found in the Mendel Glacier, Sierra Nevada. Their bodies have been encrusted in the glacier's ice since November 18, 1942 when their AT-7 Navigator aircraft crashed into Mount Mendel during a snow storm.

X-C ski trip to Glacier Point, 10.5 miles one way but it is a wonderful experience in Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite Association

Backcountry_Resource_Center--Paul Richins, Jr.
http://pweb.jps.net/~prichins/backcountry_resource_center.htm
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