Useful Links

Nautilus Book Awards

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Now in its 20th year, this unique book award program has continued to gain prestige with authors and publishers around the world as it seeks, honors, awards and promotes print books that inspire and connect our lives as individuals, communities, and global citizens.


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Lightweight Backpacking Links

The following links are useful resources for backpacking in general, and especially for learning how to lighten up your pack.  I haven't listed many here as too soon they will all be obsolete.  There are many more.


https://www.kremp.com/the-hikers-guide-to-poisonous-plants-articles.htm 

This link is provided by a young man named Jason, who recommended this excellent page on poisonous plants for hikers.  Check it out!


https://www.angieslist.com/articles/ultralight-backpacking-keeping-packing-list-short.htm

This is a good intro overview of lightweight backpacking in general, and ultralight in particular.


https://www.99boulders.com/ultralight-backpacking-gear-vendors

This is a very complete list of ultralight backpacking gear vendors compiled in 2017.  The nice thing is that you can filter your search in many ways, including by country.


adventurealan.com

Since 1999 bringing you honest and factual information on gear and technique on lightweight and ultralight backpacking for adventurers of all skill levels.



andrewskurka.com

Andrew Skurka is an accomplished adventure athlete, speaker, guide, and writer. The 33-year-old is most well known for his solo long-distance backpacking trips. He is the author ofThe Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide.


backpacking.net

If you engage in backpacking, at some point, you may consider packing a lighter load. That consideration was the main reason that Backpacking Lightweight was created in 1996, and it continues to be its primary focus. Since then, however, the Lightweight Backpacking & Hiking website has grown to include a vast repository of resources useful for year-round backcountry safety & enjoyment.


backpackinglight.com

Backpacking Light provides information and education about hiking and backpacking, and hosts the world’s most passionate community of people dedicated to traveling light.  The Backpacking Light Mission Statement says:  We promote multi-day, backcountry travel in a self-supported (“backpackable”), lightweight style. 


hikelight.com

Enjoy the freedom of a lighter backpack with no loss in comfort. Slash the weight of your pack with gear that is chosen by weight, quality, and efficiency. It’s all in one place for your convenience. Browse through the gear for dozens of ways to lighten your pack. 

ladyonarock.com
This site is a lovely collection of ideas and guidance from an experienced through-hiker and rock climber.  She shares how to lighten up in a fun way.  She has hiked many if not all of the long hikes in the continental US, so she does understand what it takes.


The following sites offer good general backpacking advice, relevant articles, and gear comparisons: