| Hiking and Backpacking Sites
- This is the famous and incomparable Sarah Boomer website.
Lots of detailed stories about hiking and rafting in the
Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountains, and other key areas,
as well as international travel. Sarah is such an outstanding
writer that even if you are not interested in the topic, it is
fun to read.
Backcountry Trips Section - A sometimes irreverent look
at hiking and personal life. Always interesting, with great
SmugMug Photo Web site - Our very own photo site, features self-propelled travel - both hiking and backpacking.
See what TwoHikers are up to when they are
not preparing looooonnggg trip reports.
- Hiking/Walking's Home page - An opinionated and highly descriptive guide to some favorite hiking locations in the US and Switzerland. The site focuses on day hikes, with maps and elevation profiles and a LOT of information.
- The Scottish
Highlands Walking Site The single best
hiking site I have ever come across. We used it for planning
our Scotland trip. Maps, detailed descriptions, GPX files.
Even recommendations for B&B's
USA - Lots of canyoneering descriptions and photos - for
the experienced desert rat
- Walking with Wired - "Wired," aka Erin Saver, is an ultralight backpacker who, by her mid-30's, had already
covered North America's Triple Crown of hiking, and as of mid-2015, had survived the infamous Hayduke Trail. You won't believe her blog.
- Yeti's 2009
Continental Divide Trail Journal - Ever hear: "I'm too
old to hike"?? Yeti, aka Jim Fulmis, blows that myth outta the
water, for sure. And follow his travels on his
2010 trip across the Pacific Northwest Trail here.
B's 2012 Appalachian Trail Journal - Another "You're
NEVER too old to hike" example. Mamaw B, aka our friend
Barbara Allen's quest to hike the AT. You GO Girl!!
- Grand Canyon Explorer
- Bob Ribokas' definitive site for Grand Canyon hiking, and
one of the sites that really inspired us to start
in Colorado - Steve Fry's definitive and sophisticated
site devoted to many of the self propelled pleasures of this
truly high country state. A wonderful set of links are
- Washington Trails Association - If you are headed to Washington State to go hiking, you gotta check out this website first.
A wealth of current reports and up to date trail information.
- Hike Wild Montana - If you are headed to or live in Montana, this is the Montana Wilderness Associations growing interactive hiking information web site. It's complete with trail descriptions, photos, directions to the trail heads, and in some cases, GPX files of the actual route. We KNOW it's a great site, because we contributed some of the hikes.
- Oregon Hikers - A great place to start if you need information or ideas about hiking in Oregon.
- Dave Ball's Hiking Track web site Want to hike in SW Montana near Bozeman? Need a GPS Track of the route?
The site ain't fancy, but he has a LOT of data, including lots of GPS tracks.
- Appalachian Trail 101: The Complete Guide For Beginners A treasure trove of information to help you plan a thru-hike of the AT.
But consider doing such only after you have done enough backpacking to feel comfortable with a long distance hike.Hike & Cycle.com The parent website of the article above. Not totally complete, but few sites are, and this site has a lot of information on it.
Ultimate Hiking Guide - OK, it may not be the ULTIMATE,
but it is probably a good place to start if you need some
basic information about hiking. To a beginner, some of the
trips described in TwoHikers.org can sound pretty hard-core.
If so, give this dating related site a try.
SW Montana and Yellowstone Area Webcams and Weather
Bozeman Basecamp Web Cam - Tired of webcams that look
like the photo was taken thru a fogged shower door? Need to SEE
what the weather looks like on the west side of Montana's
Bridger Range? Try our very own Bozeman Basecamp Web Cam.
Balldt.org High Resolution Web cam - Want a
screen-filling view of in super high definition of the Bridger
Range? Check out the images on the Baxter Meadows Webcam.
Basecamp Weather Station - Sure you can get the official
weather for Bozeman, Montana, except that the weather station
is located in Belgrade, Montana at the Bozeman-Yellowstone Airport
Airport. Given the heterogeneity of Gallatin Valley weather,
it would seem that if you want to know what the weather is on
the western front of the Bridger Range, check out the Basecamp
weather station, located on the back (south facing) deck of
- The Balldt.org
Weather Station - Another Davis weather station located
4.4 miles SW of the Basecamp.
Yellowstone National Park Old Faithful Web cam - A
classic, and great for checking up how the weather looks
before you head to the interior of the park.
Digital Mapping Resources
- Google Earth - If you
have not used this yet, you can not possibly imagine what you
are missing. Imagine the earth revealed: color photos, and
oblique views make this must have software for anyone who has
even a moderate speed internet connection. As a friend and
colleague from the University of Kentucky confessed to me, the
first time someone showed this to him, he was up until 2 am
playing with it. So fair warning.
Library Map Collection - Maps for practically everyplace
on the Planet
- The Washington
State Geospatial Data Archive - A wealth of data to be
had for the click of a mouse.
- Libre Map Need a free USGS quad for most states?
Hey, just go to this site and download it for free. Way cool.
- The Utah Geospatial
Data Repository - Another treasure trove of digital
mapping data. You have to register now, but worth it.
- Acme Mapper This site
could replace the need for a GIS viewer for the Lower 48
Dates. It integrates Google Maps, Google Earth, USGS topo
quads, and USGS Digital Ortho Photo Quads. Way cool.
Wilderness Advocacy Groups - think of the lack of
opportunities for solitude without them
- The Montana Wilderness
Association Working unceasingly to help preserve
Montana's wild heritage. And a local group, the
Madison-Gallatin Chapter, right here in Bozeman.
- Montanans for
Gallatin Wilderness A loosely knit group of
conservationists, fighting hard to work for Wilderness
designation for the Gallatin mountain range in SW Montana.
Chapter's Harvey Broome Group (Knoxville) No doubt they
had plenty of help, but without the leadership of this group,
there simply would be no Wilderness in the Cherokee National
- The Smoky Mountains
Hiking Club While ostensibly a club devoted to hiking,
in fact, the wilderness advocacy of this group has been
critical in preventing further deterioration of this country's
most popular National Park. In addition, they are responsible
of the maintenance of the Appalachian Trail through the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park.
- Foothills Land
Conservancy Doing what the Nature Conservancy does on a
local scale, protecting land the American Way: buying it. We
wished that the general population were sufficiently
enlightened to protect special places without resorting to
this, but it is better than losing these places to
- The Southern Utah Wilderness
Alliance - Any group that has been hung in effigy in
Escalante, Utah HAS to be doing something right. One of the
most passionate and articulate protectors of Utah Wilderness.