Timber Wolf, Lake Superior, Ontario

A lone timber wolf greets
paddlers along the north shore
of Lake Superior, Canada
(Photo by Michael Neiger)

Books are
the treasured wealth
of the world,
the fit inheritence
of generations
and nations.
   -- Henry D. Thoreau


It is chiefly
through books
that we
enjoy intercourse
with superior minds....
God be thanked
for books.
They are
the voices
of the distant
and the dead,
and make us
heirs of
the spiritual life
of past ages.
Books are
true levelers.
They give to all,
who will faithfully
use them,
the society,
the spiritual presence,
of the best
and greatest
of our race.
   -- William Channing

Beware the man
of one book.
   -- Anon.


A good book is
the precious lifeblood
of a master spirit,
and treasured
up on purpose
to a life beyond life.
   -- John Milton
   Areopagitica, 1644


In nature's infinite
book of secrecy,
A little I can read.
   -- William Shakespeare
   Antony &


The book of moonlight
is not written yet.
   -- Wallace Stevens
   Comedian as
   the Leter C,


Reading is to the mind
what exercise is
to the body.
   -- Joseph Addison
   The Tatler


Read the best books
or you may not
have a chance
to read them at all.
   -- Henry D. Thoreau


When I am not walking,
I am reading;
I cannot sit and think,
books think for me.
   -- Charles Lamb
   Last Essays of Elia,


A book of verses
underneath the bough,
a jug of wine,
a loaf of bread--
and thou beside me
in the wilderness--
oh, wilderness
where paradise enow!
   -- Edward Fitzgerald
   The Rubaiyat of
   Omar Khayyam

The Rucksack Masthead
By Michael A. Neiger (aka: LandNavMan), Marquette, Michigan
Wilderness tripper: backpacking, winter camping, swift-water canoeing
Web site URL: http://therucksack.tripod.com • E-mail: mneiger@hotmail.com
Contents copyright © 1984-2007 by Michael A. Neiger • All rights reserved.

Gail Bosio at the Pictured Rocks

With five days
worth of equipment
in her backpack,
Gail Staisil of Midland
prepares to explore
a series of caves
located high atop
the Chapel River Basin
in the Pictured Rocks
National Lakeshore
on a September '01
CUPG backpacking trip.
(Photo by Gail Staisil)



By Michael A. Neiger
Copyright 2002

Last updated on September 21, 2010

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** Recommended



For links about ultralight backpacking, see the ultralight backpacking page in the RuckSack

About Camping

Adventure Network

Adventure Sports Online

Australian Bushwalking Fraternity (new 3-25-06)

Backpacker.com--The Web site of Wilderness Travel

Backpacking on Hiker Central

Bob's Backpacking Bits

Chuck's Backpacking Bonanza

Hiking and Backpacking


Hiking and Walking Home Page

Hiking Web Site

GORP--Adventure Travel

Long-Range Surveillance Unit Operations (Army FM 7-93)


   On-line outdoor sports magazine offering articles and
   media about backpacking, kayaking and rock climbing

Steve Learns to Hike


The Right Stuff


Trail Walk--Gear Reviews


For additional links, check

Backpacker.com--The Web site of Wilderness Travel

   Select "community" and then "peak links"

Chuck's Backpacking Bonanza
   Select "links"


Outdoor Resources at a Glance

Outdoor and Hiking Indexes on the Web

Peak to Peak Trail and Wilderness Links




** Advanced Backpacker--A Handbook for Year-Round, Long-Distance Hiking, by Chris Townsend (Raggd Mountain Press, 2001)

Advanced Backpacking--A Trailside Guide, by Karen Berger (W. W. Norton Co., 1998)

Advanced Camping Techniques, by James R. Johnson (David McKay Co., 1967)

Advanced Trekking--A Handbook for Independent Travelers, by Robert Strauss (The Mountaineers, 1995)

Adventure Trekking--A Handbook for Independent Travelers, by Robert Strauss (Compass Star Publications, 1996)

Alaska on Foot--Wilderness Techniques for the Far North, by Erik Molvar (Countryman Press, 1996)

All About Camping, by W. K. Merrill (Stackpole Co.,

America's Backpacking Book, revised edition, by Raymond Bridge (Scribner's, 1981)

America's Camping Handbook, by Paul Cardwell, Jr. (Scribner, 1976)

Anyone Can Backpack in Comfort, by James R. Johnson (D. McKay Co., 1965)

Art and Science of Taking to the Woods, by C. B. Colby and Bradford Angier (Stackpole Books, 1970)

As Far As the Eye Can See, by David Brill (Rutledge Hill, 1990)

Back Country Camping, by Bill Riviere (Doubleday and Co., 1972)

Backcounty Basics, by Bradford Angier (Stackpole)

Backpack Fishing, by Charles J. Farmer (Jolex, Inc., 1976)

Backpack Hiking--The First Steps, by Richard Eggert (Stackpole, 1977)

Backpack Techniques, by Ruth Mendenhall (La Siesta Press, 1993)

Backpacker's Digest--A Guide to Every Facet of the Sport, 3rd edition, by Cheri Elliott (DBI Books, 1981)

Backpacker's Everyday Wisdom--1001 Expert Tips for Hikers, by Karen Berger (Mountaineers)

** Backpacker's Field Manual--A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills, by Rick Curtis (Three Rivers Press, 1998)

Backpacker's Handbook, second edition, by Chris Townsend (Ragged Mountain Press, 1997)

Backpacker's Handbook, by Hugh McManners, (Dorling Kindersley, 1995)

Backpacker's Manual, by Cameron McNeish (Crown Publishing Group, 1984)

Backpacker's Sourcebook, by Penny Hargrove, Noelle Liebreny, and Thomas Winnett (Wilderness Press, 1983)

Backpacking (Boy Scouts of America, 1983)

Backpacking, by Don Robinson (Sterling, 1981)

Backpacking, Jimmy Holmes (Lerner Publishing Group, 1992)

Backpacking, by Joel F. Meier (Sagamore Publishing Company, 1992)

Backpacking, by Lee Schreiber (Stein and Day, 1978)

Backpacking, seventh edition, by Robert C. Rethmel and Clair F. Rees (New Publishing, Inc., 1990)

Backpacking, by R.C. Rethmel (Burgess, 1968)

Backpacking, by Shirley Zeleznak and Howard Schroeder (Silver Burdett Press, 1980)

Backpacking, by Tony Gibbs (Watts, 1974)

Backpacking, by the U.S. Forest Service (U.S. Government Printing Office, 1979)

Backpacking--A Hedonist's Guide, by Rick Greenspan and Hal Kahn (Avalon Travel Publishing, 1985)

Backpacking--A Woman's Guide, by Adrienne Hall (McGraw-Hill Professional, 1998)

Backpacking and Camping, by R. Adshead, T. Brown, and Roger Hunter (Coles, 1978)

Backpacking and Camping in the Developing World--A How-To Adventure Guide for Travelling on Your Own or With a Group, by Scott Graham (Wilderness Press, 1991)

Backpacking Basics, by Arvid Knudsen (Prentice-Hall, 1982)

Backpacking Basics, by John Randolph (Prentice Hall, 1982)

Backpacking Basics, by Thomas Winnett (Wilderness Press, 1994

Backpacking--Complete Guide to Why, How, and Where, by Lee Schreiber (Madison Books, Inc., 1983)

Backpacking Equipment Buyer's Guide, by William Kemsley (Collier, 1978)

Backpacking--Essential Skills to Advanced Techniques, by Victoria Steele Logue (Menasha Ridge Press, Inc., 2002)

Backpacking Flyfisher, by Mark Williams (Menasha Ridge Press, 1996)

Backpacking for Fun--A Beginner's How-To-Do-It, with Special Suggestions for Families, by Thomas Winnett (Wilderness Press, 1972)

Backpacking for Fun and Fitness, by Clayne R. Jensen and Craig Jensen (Huan Kinetics Publishers, 1981)

Backpacking For Trout, by Bill Cairns (Stone Wall Press, 1980)

Backpacking in the '80s, by Bob Wirth (Prentice-Hall, 1983)

Backpacking in the '90s--Tips Techniques, and Secrets, by Victoria Logue (Menasha Ridge Press, 1998)

Backpacking Made Easy, by Michael Abel (Naturegraph Publishers, Inc., 1975)

Backpacking On a Budget, by Anna Sequoia and Steven Schneider (Viking Penguin, 1979)

Backpacking--One Step at a Time, 4th edition, by Harvey Manning (Vintage Books, 1986)

Backpacking Primer, by Lori Saldana (Mountain n' Air Books, 1995)

Backpacking Sense, by Jeffrey Probst (Outland Publishing, 1997)

Backpacking the Kelty Way, Nena Kelty and Steve Boga (Berkley Publishing Group, 2000)

Backpacking Tips--Trail-Tested Wisdom From FalconGuide Authors, by Bill Schneider and Russ Schneider (Falcon, 1998)

Basic Essentials of Backpacking, by Harry Roberts (Globe Pequot Press, 1999)

Basic Essentials of Solo Hiking, by Adrienne Hall (Globe Pequot Press, 2002)

**Basic Essentials of Trailside Shelters and Emergency Shelters, by Cliff Jacobson (ICS Books, Inc., 1992)

Basic Essentials of Women in the Outdoors, by Judith Niemi (ICS Books, 1990)

Beginning Backpacking, by Tony Freeman (Childrens Press, 1980)

Best About Backpacking, by Denise Van Lear (Sierra Club, 1974)

Better Camping for Boys, by James P. Kenealy (Dodd, Mead, 1974)

Beyond the Backyard--A Practical Guide to Planning Your Outdoor Adventures (Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association Outdoor Products Council, 1996)

Boy Scout Handbook, 7th edition (Boy Scouts of America, 1965)

Budget Backpacker, by L.A. Zakreski (Winchester Press, 1977)

Campers and Backpackers' Bible, by C. B. Colby (Stoeger, 1977)

Camper's and Backpacker's Bible, by Thomas E. Huggler (Doubleday, 1995)

Camper's Bible, third edition, by Bill Riviere (Stone Wall Press, 1982)

Camper's Companion--The Pack-Along Guide for Better Outdoor Trips, by Rick Greenspan and Hal Kahn (Foghorn Press, 1991)

Camper's Guide to Outdoor Pursuits, by Jack Drury and Eric Holmlund (Sagamore Publishing, 1997)

Campers' Guide to Woodcraft and Outdoor Life, by Luis Henderson (1972)

Camper's Handbook, by John Power (Hippocrene Books, 1974)

Campers' Handbook, by Dillon Wallace (Fleming H. Revell, Co., 1936)

Camping by Backpack and Canoe, by Theodore A. Cheney (Funk and Wagnalls, 1970)

Camping (Boy Scouts of America, 1966)

Camping--A Complete Guide to Why, How, and Where, by Andrew Carra (Stein and Day, 1978)

Camping for Dummies, by Michael Hodgson (Hungry Minds, 2000)

Camping in Comfort, by Norman Strung and Sil Strung (J. B. Lippincott Co., 1971)

Camping Secrets--A Lexicon of Camping Tips Only the Experts Know, by Cliff Jacobson (ICS Books, Inc., 1987)

Camping Year Round--A Guide to Equipemt and Technique, by Jeffrey Bairstow (Random 1983)

Camping's Forgotten Skills--Backwoods Tips From a Boundary Waters Guide, by Cliff Jacobson (ICS Books, Inc., n.d.)

Complete Backpacker's Guide, by Raymond Bridge

Complete Beginners Guide to Backpacking, by Richard Lyttle (Doubleday, 1975)

Complete Book of Camping, by Leonard Miracle (Harper and Row, 1961)

Complete Book of Camping and the Outdoors, by Larry Koller (Random House, 1957)

Complete Buyer's Guide to the Best Outdoor Recreation and Equipment, by Kevin Jeffrey (Foghorn, 1993)

Complete Cross-Country Skiing, Mountaineering, and Backpacking Guide, by Eastern Mountain Sports (Tobey Pub., Co., 1973)

Complete Guide to Hiking and Backpacking, by Andrew Carra (Winchester Press, 1977)

Complete Pack Provisioning Book, by Nancy Jack (Contemporary, 1978)

**Complete Walker III, by Colin Fletcher (Alfred A Knopf, 1984)

Complete Woodsman, by Paul Provencher (Habitex Books, 1974)

Complete Woodsman's Guide, by Anthony Acerrano (Winchester Press, 1981)

Consumer Complete Buying Guide to Camping and Backpacking, edited by Nal Dutton (NAL, 1974)

Desert Hiking, third edition, by Dave Ganci (Wilderness Press, 1993)

Desert Hiking Tips--Expert Advice on Desert Hiking and Driving, by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon, 1998)

Discovering Backpacking, by Ken Ward (Legacy Books, 1980)

Essential Backpacker--A Complete Guide for the Foot Traveler, by Adrienne Hall (Ragged Mountain Press, 2001)

Essential Guide to Wilderness Camping and Backpacking in the United States, by Charles Cook (Michael Kesend Publishing, Ltd., 1993)

Essential Outdoor Gear Manual--Equipment Care and Repair for Outdoorspeople, by Ann Getchell (Ragged Mountain Press, 1995)

Everyday Wisdom--1001 Expert Tips for Hikers, by Karen Berger (Mountaineers, 1997)

Expedition Handbook, by Tony Land (Butterworths, 1978)

Explorers Limited Sourcebook, by Alwyn Perrin (Harper and Row, 1977)

Fieldbook, 3rd edition (Boy Scouts of America, 1984)

Fodor's Hiking--The Art and Spirit of the Sport and Where to Enjoy It, by Cindy Ross (Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc., 1992)

Four Season Camping, by Jeffrey Bairstow (Random, 1982)

Free Things for Campers, by Jeffrey Weiss (Putnam, 1982)

Fundamental Backpacking (Lerner Publishing Group, 2002)

Go Light--The Complete Guide to Lightweight Equipment for Hiking and Backpacking Eastern America, by John Gibson (Thornedike Press, 1980)

Going Light with Backpack or Burro, by David R. Brower (Sierr Club, 1958)

Golden Book of Camping and Campcrafts, by Gordon Lynn (Golden Press)

Golden Book of Camping; Tents and Tarpaulins, Packs and Sleeping Bags; Building a Camp; Firemaking and Outdoor Cooking; Canoe Trips, Hikes, by William Hillcourt (1971)

Golden Guide to Camping, by Robert E. Smallman (Golden Press, 1965)

Great Outdoors Catalog, by Kenn Oberrecht and Pat Oberrecht (Winchester Press, 1977)

Group Backpakcing--A Leader's Manual, by Chuck Gromley (Groupwork Today, Inc., 1979)

Guide to Group Backpacking, by Kenneth M. Highfill (Highfill, 1976)

Guide to Backpacking With Your Dog, by Charlene G. LaBelle (Alpine Publications, Inc., 1998)

Handbook of Wilderness Travel, by George Wells and Iris Wells (Harper and Brothers, 1968)

The Happy Camper: An Essential Guide to Life Outdoors, by Kevin Callan (Boston Mills Press, 2005)

Happy Trails for You and Your Dog--What You Really Need to Know When Taking Your Dog Hiking or Backpacking, by Gary L. Hoffman (Insight Out Publications, 1996)

Harsh Weather Camping in the Nineties--How to Enjoy Backpacking, Canoeing, and Bicycling Under Any Conditions, by Sam Curtis (Menasha Ridge Press, 1993)

Hiker's and Backpacker's Handbook, by Bill Merrill (Winchester Press, 1971)

Hiker's Bible, revised, by Robert Elman and Clair Rees (Doubleday, 1982)

Hiker's Companion--12,000 Miles of Trail-Tested Wisdom, by Ross and Gladfelter (Mountaineers, 1993)

Hikers' Handbook, by Douglas Leechman (W. W. Norton and Company)

Hiking (Boy Scouts of America, 1988)

Hiking, by Philip Farranti and Cecelia Leyva

Hiking and Backpacking, by Eric Seabord and Ellen Dudley (Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc., 1994)

Hiking and Backpacking, by Gary Paulsen (Messner, 1978)

Hiking and Backpacking--A Complete Guide, by Karen Berger (W.W. Norton & Co., 1995)

Hiking and Backpacking With Your Dog, by Richard Lerner (Menasha Ridge Press, Inc., 1994)

Hiking, Backpacking Safety (Washington State Department of Civil Defense, 1970)

Hiking, Camping, and Mounaineering, by Roland C. Giest (Harper and Brothers)

Hiking-Climbing Handbook, by Curtis W. Casewit (Hawthorne Books, 1969)

Hiking in the Backcountry, by Jackie J. Maughan and Ann Puddicombe (Stackpole, 1981)

Hiking Light, by Marilyn Doan (Smith Peter, 1983)

Hiking Skills (Boy Scouts of America, 1973)

Hill Walking, by Peter F. Williams (Pelham Books, 1979)

Home in Your Pack--A Modern Handbook of Back Packing, by Bradford Angier (Collier, 1972)

How to Select and Use Outdoor Gear, by Barclay Kruse and REI Staff (Fischer, 1983)

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Walking and Backpacking, by H.D. Westacott (Oxford Illustrated Press, 1990)

Introduction to Backpacking, by Robert Colwell (Stackpole, 1970)

Eddie Bauer Guide to Family Camping, by Eddie Bauer and Archie Satterfield (Addison-Wesley, 1983)

Hiking Light, Marlyn Doan (Mountaineers, 1982)

Joy of Backpacking, by Dennis A. Look (Jalmar Press, 1976)

L.L. Bean Guide to the Outdoors, by Bill Reviere (Random, 1981)

L.L. Bean Hiking and Backpacking Handbook, by Keith McCafferty (The Lyons Press, 2000)

Let's Go Camping, by Harry Zarchy (Knopf, 1951)

Let's Go Hiking, by Kitty Douthit (Emporia State University Biology Department, 1982)

Light Backpacking, by Donald Christian (New Win Publishing, 1981)

Lightweight Backpacking--The Importance of Good Form, by Kevin D. Hauser (Kuffel Creek Press, 1999)

Lightweight Backpacking--2 Cups, 2 Spoons, 2 Pots, for Serious Hikers Who Escape Crowded Campsites Using a Simple System of Backpacking for a Two-Person Team, by Charles L. Jansen (Bantam Books, 1974)

Lightweight Camping--A Four Season Source Book, by Michael Hatton (Humber College, 1981)

Lightweight Equipment for Hiking, Camping, and Mountaineering (Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, 1966)

Long Distance Hiking--Lessons from the Appalachian Trail, by Ronald Mueser (Ragged Mountain Press, 1998)

Long-Range Surveillance Unit Operations (Army FM 7-93)

Making Camp--The Complete Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers, Paddlers, and Skiers, by Steve Howe, Alan Kesselheim, Dennis Coello, and John Harlin (Mountaineers, 1997)

Master Backpacker, by Russ Mohney (Stackpole, 1976)

Master Backwoodsman, by Bradford Angier (Fawcett, 1979)

Modern Backpacker's Handbook, by Glenn Randall (Lyons and Burford, 1994)

Modern Camping Guide, by George D. Martin (Century Co.)

Movin' Out--Equipment and Technique for Hikers, by Harry Roberts (Stone Wall Press, 1975)

National Outdoor Leadership School's Wilderness Guide, by Mark Harvey (Simon and Schuster, 1999)

Nelson's Encyclopedia of Camping, by E.C. Barnes (Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1963

New Complete Walker, by Colin Fletcher (Alfred A. Knopf, 1978)

New Way of the Wilderness--How to Survive In, Live In, and Enjoy the Woods of North America, by Calvin Rutstrum (MacMillan Co., 1973)

New Wilderness Handbook, by Paul Petzoldt (New Norton, 1984)

National Outdoor Leadership School [NOLS] Wilderness Guide, by Mark W. Harvey and Peter Simer (Simon and Schuster, 1999)

On the Trail With Your Canine Companion--Getting the Most of Hiking and Camping With Your Dog, by Cheryl Smith

Out in the Wilds--How to Look After Yourself, by David Lancashire (Penguin Books Australia, 1977)

Outdoorsman's Guide to Wilderness Camping--A Complete Manual for the Adventurous Camper, Including Plans for Tent Making and Camping in Snow, by Douglas Durst (Pagurian Press, 1977)

Outdoorsman's Handbook, by Clyde Ormond (Outdoor Life and E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1970)

Outward Bound Backpacker's Handbook, by Glenn Randall (Lyons Press, 2000)

Packbacking [sic], by Louis J. Steck (Panorama West Books, 1986)

Pleasure Packing, by Robert Wood (Ten Speed Press, 1992)

Pocket Guide to Hiking/Backpacking (Northern Lights Backpacking, 1993)

Roughing it Easy, by Dian Thomas (Warner, 1976)

Roughing it Easy, Two, by Dian Thomas (Warner, 1978)

Safety in the Hills, by John Tucker (D. Adkins Publications, 1978)

Sierra Club Wilderness Handbook, edited by David Brower (Ballantine Books, 1968)

Skills for Taming the Wilds, by Bradford Angier (Pocket Books, 1967)

Soft Paths--How to Enjoy the Wilderness Without Harming It, by Bruce Hampton (National Outdoor Leadership School, 1988)

Solo Safe!--A Guide to Safe Backcountry Travel for the Individual, by Karl F. Ehlers (Buffalo Press, 2000)

Sports Illustrated Backpacking--A Complete Guide, by Jack McDowell (Dutton/Plume, 1989)

Stepping Into Wilderness (Quabaug Rubber Company, 1978)

Stretching and Massage for Hikers and Backpackers, by Victoria Logue (Wilderness Press, 2001)

Take a Hike!--The Sierra Club Beginner's Guide to Hiking and Backpacking, by Lynee Foster (Little, Brown, and Company, 1990)

Ten Essentials for Travel in the Outdoors (Mountaineers, 1993)

Thru-Hiker's Handbook, by Dan Bruce (Appalachian Trail Conference, 1991)

Tours and Expeditions (Boy Scouts of America, 1984)

Trail Walking Handbook, by Clive Tully (Brockhampton Press, 1998)

Trailside's Hints and Tips for Outdoor Adventure, edited by John Viehman (Rodale Press, 1993)

Tricks of the Trail--A Guide to Modern Backpacking, by Roy J. Santoro (Naturegraph Publishers, 1997)

Two Ounce Backpacker--A Problem Solving Manual for Use in the Wilds, by R. S. Woods (Ten Speed Press, 1982)

Ultimate Desert Handbook, by Mark Johnson (Ragged Mountain Press, 2003)

Ultimate Guide to Backcountry Travel, by Michael Lanza (Appalachian Mountain Club Books, 1999)

Venture Backpacking (Boy Scouts of America, 1990)

Walking, Hiking, and Backpacking, by Anthony Greenbank (Constable [London], 1977)

Walking in the Countryside, by David Sharp (David and Charles, 1978)

Walking in the Wild--Complete Guide to Hiking and Backpacking, by Robert J. Kelsey (1973)

Walking in the Wilderness, by Robert Kelsey (Funk and Wagnalls, 1973)

**Walking Softly in the Wilderness--The Sierra Club Guide to Backpacking, by John Hart (Sierra Club Books, 1998)

What to Take Backpacking--and Why, by Robert Follett (Alpine Guild, 1978)

Whole Backpacker's Catalog--Tools and Resources for the Foot Traveler, by Edwin J. C. Sobey (Ragged Mountain Press, 1999)

Whole Hiker's Handbook, by William Kemsley (Morrow, 1979)

Wilderness Basics--The Complete Handbook for Hikers and Backpackers, by Jerry Schad and David S. Moser (Mountaineers)

Wilderness Camping--A Manual for Camp Administrators, by Keith Drury (Wesleyan Church Corporation, 1977)


Ultralight backpacking books

Backpacking guidebooks--Michigan

Backpacking guidebooks--Canada


NOTE: For a complete, cross-referenced look at all of the wilderness- tripping-related books lisited on this Web site, visit the book finder page.


**Backpacker Magazine



American Hiking Society

American Trails

Appalachian Trail Conference

Hike Ontario

North Country Trail Association
   National Headquarters
   229 East Main Street
   Lowell, Michigan 49331

Ontario Trails Council


Student Conservation Association, Inc.

Superior Hiking Trail Association

Trails and Greenways Clearinghouse



Adventure Store


American Wilderness Gear

Backcountry Equipment

Backcountry Gear Limited

Backcountry Store


Best Glide Aviation Survival Equipment

Boy Scouts of America

Boy Scouts of Canada

   Source for durable, oversize plastic bags for lining rucksacks




Casanova's Outdoor Adventure Store

Coleman Camping Store

Consolidated Plastics Co.
   Source for durable, oversize plastic bags for lining rucksacks

Don Gleason's

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)

Field and Trek (UK)

   Wool and canvas clothing from the gold-rush days

Fogdog Sports

Fox Ridge Outfitters

Gear Pro


Great Bear Outdoors

   Hammocks for backpacking, etc.

Hennessy Hammock


Innovations by Finbar
   Accessories for winter camping

Jagged Edge Mountain Gear
   Outdoor clothing

**L.L. Bean
   Make sure to get sport-specific catalogs

Lab Safety Supply
   Source for durable, oversize plastic bags for lining rucksacks


Land's End
   General clothing


Mountain Equipment Company, UK

** Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)

**Mountain Gear

**Mountain Tools

Mountain View Adventure Gear

Mountain Woman

Northern Outfitters
   Winter clothing: wind shells, foam insulated gear

   Large-capacity, lightweight packs

Outdoor Gear Exchange

Outdoor Outlet

Outdoor Research

Outdoor Sportz

Outdoor World--Outdoor Equipment



Warm weather clothing

**Recreational Equipment, Inc., (REI)
   http://rei-outlet.com/index.html (bargain outlet)

R. U. Outside


South Summit

Steger Mukluks

Summit Hut

Taiga Works (06-19-07)

Travel Country

   Owned by Connie Hankins in Lander Wyoming;
   makes custom gear,
   including heavily-insulated over-parkas
   and over-pants for serious winter camping

U.S. Outdoor
   Backpack vendor

   Outdoor work clothing

   Winter clothing made in Ely, Minnesota
   by arctic guide Paul Schurke





Live to Play
   Outdoor sports auction site

Northern Mountain Supply

Outdoor Gear Exchange


Recreational Equipment, Inc., (REI) Outlet

**Sierra Trading Post



A.G. Russell



Armed Forces Merchandise Outlet


Army Surplus Inc.

Barre Army Navy Store

**Brigade Quartermasters


Canadian Peacekeeper

The Camo Store
   Camo clothing, military boots, etc.

**Cheaper Than Dirt

Colemans Military Surplus

Crown Surplus Ltd.
Hard-to-find Canadian military surplus gear

Exploration Products

1st Army Surplus, Inc.

HS Gear

International Military Sales Plus (IMS-PLUS)

Ken Nolan, Inc.

Major Surplus & Survival

Mass Army Navy

Omaha's Original G.I. Surplus

Ranger Joe's

Ranger Made--Tactical Gear Solutions

Recon Supply


Silverman's Ltd. (10-06)
   2 Harford St.
   Mile End
   London E1 4PS
   Unique British military gear

Smokey Mountain Knife Works

Special Forces


**Sportsman's Guide

Tactical Shop

Tera-Asekeskus Precision Steel
   Huge selection of bowie knives  

**U.S. Cavalry

U.S. Patriot Store (04-26-07)



First-aid supplies

Land navigation tools

Lightweight rations

Search and rescue gear

Sewing & fabric supplies

Survival gear

Ultralight gear


NOTE: For a complete, cross-referenced look at all of the sources for wilderness tripping equipment and supplies lisited on this Web site, visit the sources for gear page.

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In God's wilderness lies the hope of the world,
the great, fresh, unblighted, unredeemed wilderness.
— John Muir 1838-1914, Alaska Wilderness, 1890

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