Trail & Travel Links
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Hiking, Trekking, Walking Resources
www.hikingdude.com : all you need to know, including gear lists, essential skills and safety tips for different terrains and climates, bear safety, how to cross a river, how to plan a hiking trip, trail etiquette, and more...
www.thewalkingsite.com : The Walking Site - A resource for walkers of all fitness levels. Information and links on everything from how to start and maintain a fitness walking program to training for a marathon.
www.hikingandbackpacking.com : an online guide to outdoor goods stores.
www3.sympatico.ca/voyageur.trail : The Voyageur Trail Association is a volunteer organization of approximately 300 people who are dedicated to building and maintaining a wilderness, hiking trail in Northern Ontario, across the northern shores of Lakes Superior and Huron, from Thunder Bay to the southern tip of Manitoulin Island. Currently, there are unconnected, finished sections along half of the total route.
www.hikingupward.com: A handy site for anyone interested in hiking in Virginia and West Virginia. Featuring: trail reports (with photos), hike descriptions (with maps, difficulty ratings, etc.), hike reviews, a hiking forum, information on geocaching, and links to volunteer trail repair opportunities.
www.cascaderamblings.com: Ramble around in the Cascade Mountain range with hiker Jim Scott. His site features more than 400 trip journals, and an extensive databases on trails, natural wonders, wildflowers, mushroom, and critters. You'll find hundreds of photographs and descriptions.
tommangan.net/twoheeldrive : fun and informative hiking blog with links to other fun and informative hiking blogs, plus outdoor news, links to hiking information, and more...
Hiking Expeditions & Events
Stuart Hamilton and Dave Toolan are two British guys who have spent most of 2006 walking across the U.S., following the American Discovery Trail. They started in Delaware in June, and have travelled over 1500 miles westward. They'll soon finish stage one of their journey, then spend the winter hiking in Europe before restarting the last stage of the trek in 2007--from Kansas to San Fransico.
Check out their web site to read amusing dail journals, find out what's on their mp3 players, and view travel photos. You'll also find some some longer essays on what it feels like to be a European in America. The trip is also being filmed by two novice filmakers (er, Dave and Stuart) and will be turned into a documentary by the end of 2007. The two walkers will also write a book which should be out in time for the Presidential elections in 2008. There is much to see, and much to discuss in a country like America, and Dave and Stuart are doing it all at three mph. www.walkingthestates.com
"little" books series : check out "The Little Fitness" series of books, a collection of fun, non-threatenign guides to some of today's most popular exercises. They make excellent gift items. Pair one with a yoga mat, a set of dumbbells, or exercise apparel. Featuring The Little Yoga Book, The Little Pilates Book, The Little Abs Workout Book, The Little Strength Training Book, The Little Butt & Thighs Workout Book, and more...
www.healthytravelnetwork.com provides portable fitness products, diet and nutrition information, and exercise guides for business travelers. Free newsletter, free hotel gym listings, and other tools for keeping business travelers fit.
Vacation Packages, Tours, Cruises
www.GordonsGuide.com, Gordon's Guide. Adventure & active travel vacations worldwide! Offering dude ranches, whitewater rafting, houseboat rentals, bicycle tours, mountain biking, fly fishing guides, fishing lodges, vacation rentals, resorts, and over 30 other adventure & active travel categories.
www.ibextreks.com, Ibex Treks leads guests on hiking and mountain biking tours through the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland.
www.womentravel.co.nz, Women travel New Zealand - accommodation, adventures, retreats and other essential information for the woman traveler in New Zealand.
Airlines, Hotels, Rental Cars
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Trip Planning, Road Trips, Parks/Camping
Awesome Road Trip Planner: Live Your Road Trip Dream is a how-to-guide that includes step-by-step information on planning the trip you've always wanted to take, but didn't know how to make a reality. Learn how to travel for a year on the cost of staying home, written by Carol and Phil White. www.roadtripdream.com.
Resorts, Retreats, Guides
www.holehike.com, Experience nature and Jackson Hole! All year, our team of naturalists take people into the Tetons to discover the great outdoors: hike, backpack, snowshoe and ski.
New Zealand Links
The Agrodome ( www.agrodome.co.nz ). Watch sheep shearing demonstrations, learn about 19 varieties of sheep, milk a cow, learn about kiwi fruits, and more.
The New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute and Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley ( www.nzmaori.co.nz ). See a traditional Maori performance, learn about wood and jade carving, walk through the nature trail and view boiling mud pools, spewing geysers, and more.
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ( www.waimangu.com ). Walk along a well-groomed trail to view boiling lakes and streams.
Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland ( www.geyserland.co.nz ). Beautiful silica terraces, boiling mud pools, and more.
Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park ( www.orakeikorako.co.nz ). Geysers, caves, nature walk, hot springs, and more.