Helpful Links


National Park Service - Main US National Park website. Find a Park to plan an Adventure!

Some of our Favorites

Boundary Waters Canoe Area - This site is a public service for patrons of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). - Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Permits, etc.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Information Resource - A Virtual Entry Point into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). This site is dedicated to the sharing of information and experiences about the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Quetico Park for canoe, camping, and outdoor enthusiasts.

Wind River Mountains - Wyoming

Bridger-Teton National Forest - Wind River Mountains

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Porcupine Mountains State Park


Save the Boundary Waters

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is America’s most visited wilderness area. It contains 1 million acres of pristine water and unspoiled woodlands. Along with the Superior National Forest, it contains 20 percent of all the fresh water in the entire National Forest System.

Sulfide mining within the BWCA's watershed is imminent. Mineral leases have been granted. Industrial proposals are underway.

Pollution from these mines will flow directly into the heart of the Boundary Waters. Even conservative models of pollution show that waterways would carry contaminants into the Wilderness. A single mine in this watershed will continually pollute the wilderness for at least 500 years.

A year in the Wilderness
September 23, 2015 - September 22, 2016

This fall, follow explorers Dave and Amy Freeman on their next adventure advocacy expedition: spending a year in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to help protect the area from the threat of proposed sulfide-ore copper mining on the Wilderness edge.

Superior Hiking Trail Association - The Superior Hiking Trail is built and maintained by the Superior Hiking Trail Association.

North Country Trail Association - We're the nationwide nonprofit organization that works in partnership with the National Park Service to build, maintain, and promote the North Country National Scenic Trail.

Ice Age Trail Association - A thousand-mile footpath, entirely within Wisconsin, that highlights these Ice Age landscape features while providing access to some of the state's most beautiful natural areas.

Kekakabic Trail Club - Dedicated to preserving and maintaining backpacking trails of the Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

Border Route Trail Association - Dedicated to preserving and maintaining backpacking trails of the Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

BWA Committee - Dedicated to preserving and maintaining backpacking trails of the Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

American Hiking Society - Founded in 1976, American Hiking Society is the only national organization that promotes and protects foot trails, their surrounding natural areas, and the hiking experience.  As the national voice for hikers, American Hiking Society recognizes that foot trails and hiking are essential to connect people with nature, conserve open space, provide biological corridors for diverse plants and wildlife, and for the health of Americans and our natural environment.  We represent millions of hikers who are committed to beautiful places to hike and believe that the preservation of hiking trails and their environments is important and a worthwhile legacy to leave future generations.

Appalachian Mountain Club - Find out more about America's oldest conservation and recreation organization.

Leave No Trace -  LNT and resources to educate and create partnerships in respectful enjoyment of the great outdoors.

NOLS - The National Outdoor Leadership School is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to teaching wilderness-oriented skills and leadership with a strong conservation focus.

Outward Bound USA - Outward Bound is a non-profit adventure-education program offering challenging adventure activities designed to inspire self-esteem, self-reliance, concern for others and care for the environment.

Sierra Club - The Sierra Club is a non-profit member-supported, public interest organization known for its local outings programs and its program to promote conservation of the natural environment. - Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Veterans Support

Outdoor Publications, Blogs, News and First Aid

Backpacker Magazine

Climbing Magazine

Bicycling Magazine

Outside Magazine

Appalachian - Everything about the Trail, Blogs, Facts, Lots of Great information if you are considering a hike.

Outdoor North - North Outdoors was founded with the idea that the USA’s North Country is some of the most beautiful, rugged, interesting, and exciting area to explore.  We are also active junkies and love to be outside.  It doesn’t matter if we are cycling, fishing, hiking, running, paddling, sailing, hunting, or skiing — we will take a day outside over a day indoors anytime — no matter the season. - over 1 million free topographic maps for points of interest in the United States

Wilderness First Aid Basics
A Guide for Preparation, Basic First Aid and Survival

The Gearcaster - We profile emerging trends, companies, and technologies in the outdoor sports industry. We also review soon to be released gear, helping you decide what to buy for your outdoor adventures.

Gear Junkie -, launched in 2006, is a top online publication for product reviews and news in the outdoors world. The site contains thousands of pages of content -- gear reviews, news, travel and adventure stories, a video section, photo galleries, and giveaway contests. Gear Junkie is owned and operated by Monopoint Media LLC, a company founded in 2006.

Gear Gals -The site for adventurous women! is for women enthusiasts. Our writers and reviewers are rangers, guides, ski patrollers, military professionals, search and rescue workers, and general all around badasses

Adventure Journal - Adventure Journal is an online magazine devoted to outdoor adventure in all its forms. It was founded in 2008 by Steve Casimiro, former editor of Powder magazine, founding editor of Bike magazine, and West Coast editor of National Geographic Adventure.

Appalachian Trails - In 2011, Zach Davis dropped everything and spent 6 months thru-hiking the Applachian Trail. He had zero experience backpacking or surviving the outdoors. But he did have extraordinary mental toughness from years of psychology and self improvement training. Appalachian Trials is a book and website to help you along your hiking journeys. There are resources for you to connect with other like-minded individuals as well as hear about and learn from others challenges and successes. We feel it is a must-see because of how important mental toughness is if you decide to really push yourself when seeking adventure.

The Adventure Post - The Adventure Post is a blog that was founded in 2011 by Wendy and Marcus. Its purpose is to share trip reports and gear reviews for the aspiring adventurer to get the information they need to get started.

Modern Hiker - Modern Hiker is a large blog/website that was started by Casey Schreiner in 2006. It features 100s of trail write-ups with detailed information for you to experience them yourself before ever hitting the dirt.They are that thorough – there is also an accompanying App for the trail guides complete with GPX files. Modern Hiker is one of the oldest and most well regarded hiking blogs in California and has been featured in LA Times and named the best outdoor adventure blog by USA Today readers. Check out it even if you don’t like the Southern California area.

SoCal Hiker -Jeff Hester created to help people navigate the trails of Southern California. It goes like this: he hikes the trails himself taking photos and getting a feel for the hike. Then he writes a guide with all the information he gathered including best gear to bring so that you can more easily and safely do the hikes yourself.

Outdoorend - Outdoorend is a wide ranging outdoor blog with information on how to survive the outdoors to the best tips for outdoor photography. They strive to be the one stop shop for outdoor enthusiasts and we recommend you check out their blog this year.

Hiking the Trail - Hiking The Trail was created by Adam Nutting to update his friends and family (and journal) in one central place while he hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2013. The website now serves as a great outdoors adventure blog with tons of gear reviews, pictures and thorough information on many different trails from around the US

The Big Outside - Michael Lanza started The Big Outside to offer advice and tips for aspiring adventurers. All things from gear tips, to safety awareness to trip planning. Michael has tons of experience in the field as he was the primary gear reviews and Northwest Editor of Backpacker magazine.

Play Outside Guide - Play Outside Guide was started by a self professed Geography geek (she has a B.Sc. in Geography) who lives in Calgary, Canada. The blog features advice on camping, hiking, wilderness survival and much more. She has 2 kids that love adventures with her so a lot of the topics are family friendly.

Hike & Cycle: 37 Tips for Women Hiking Alone - A great resource for women (or anyone really) considering hiking solo!