Tree, Poison Flat, Carson Iceberg Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney: Your Backpacking Guide to the High Sierras Yellow Flower
Leavit Peak in December with Snow Plume
Obscured crestline extending East off the main crestline of the Leavitt Peak Massif. The North Gap is under that cloud.

 

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SUBMIT YOUR BEST RESOURCES

We've lots of good backpacking information and resources linked below!

Everything we see in the Sierra Nevada has extensive natural and social histories that are as interesting as beautiful.

Everything is much deeper and more complex than its surface appearance indicates. The information below is designed to increase our understanding and deepen our experiences hiking the Sierra Nevada Crest Trails.

The deeper we look, the more we see.

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Linking Policy

I may link to you if you have high quality backpacker-related information, services, or products. I may not. It depends on the utility of your service, its relationship to backpacking, and the quality and character of your company/efforts.

Backpackers who have great information they think should be here can email me.

All links here are because of the quality of their information and presentation.


LINKS INDEX

High Sierra
Backpacking Guides

US
Backpacking Guides

International
Backpacking Guides

 

Trail Skills

Gear
Information

Astronomical
Information

 

Local Color

Sierra Groups

Sierra Geology

Sierra Animals

 

Sierra Plants

Sierra Insects

Arts and Letters

Digital Tech

For links related to specific trail information concerning the trail guide, trail maps, trail miles and elevations, permits and weather see the links on every page's sidebars.

BACKPACKING LINKS

BACKPACKING GUIDES

             
 

Backpacking Guides
and
Hiking Accounts

High Sierra Nevada Hikers.
See what the locals have to say.

Post up Your Own Accounts
HIGH SIERRA TRAILS FORUMS

 

Local Sierra Information
HST
High Sierra Topix

 

Cool Planning Tool
Craig's PCT Planner
Covers PCT corridor from
Tahoe to Whitney

 

see all
Online
&
Paper Maps

Short List
of
Paper Trail Maps


Halfmile's Trail Maps
Printable Maps of PCT corridor
from Tahoe to Whitney

Map Tools

Tom Harrison

Wilderness Press

National Geographic

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Navigation Forum

 

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Peter's amazing accounts of the
Tahoe to Yosemite Trail,
and the
Tahoe Rim Trail in Snow.

High Sierra Backpacker Resources

Roper/High Sierra Route

Halfmile PCT Maps

PCT.ORG

ADZKO

JMT-YAHOO GRP

Trail Journals
Meet a PCTer on the trail? I've tracked their subsequent adventures on Trail Journals.

Backpackthesierra
M & P put their deep experience, wisdom, and the Sierras at your feet. This is a good approach to Sierra Nevada Backpacking.

Bob Burd's Sierra Travels
"Almost all of my hiking/scrambling/climbing involves dayhikes of varying durations, some more than 20hrs in length. This is all part of a somewhat haphazard effort to show that any peak in California can be dayhiked given enough determination. That, and I happen to like hiking - a lot. :-) "

DipperFlyFishing. Brendon's a cool dude-hunting-fishing guide from Lee Vining. (Moved to France)

High Sierra Fun,
Richard's guide to the North Sierras he so enjoys.

Gone Hiking!
Ekulytes's California Hiking Page

 
         
         
         
     

Lake Tahoe
Court Brock has pulled together local backcountry resource around Lake Tahoe on his About Lake Tahoe hiking resources page.

California High Country
A look at the Sierra.

California

Avid Backpackers
Mark and Leo's backpacking trips across California and the Sierra

Backcountry_Resource_Center
Mountaineer and Long Distance Backpacker Paul Richin's wide of range of experience, knowledge, and history at your fingertips.

 
           

National Backpackers

             
 

Backpacking Guides

National, Regional, and Local Backpacking Sites. See what the locals have to say.

 

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HIGH SIERRA TRAILS FORUMS

 

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Wildbackpacker
is centered in Utah but these guys hikes reach from Hawaii through California, Arizona, and Colorado.

In Dee's Woods,
A Californian that loves the high country...the low country...wet, dry, snowy any kind of country I can hike,ride horses, ski, surf, bike, snowshoe...run in!

 
         
         
         
     

The Southwest Backpacker,
Four Corners, USA

WawHiker
(YouTube) Backpacking beautiful Washington State. wawhiker blog.

Intense Angler
Backpacking Fishing, Gear.

Sierra Visions:
An old lover of the Sierras transplanted into Michigan

Peak to Peak
A Guide to Hiking, Backpacking, Trail and Wilderness Web Sites!

 
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International & Specialized Backpackers

             
 

Backpacking Guides

International
&
Specialized Information

 

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Nature Dogs: Explore Nature with your dog.
This site is fantastic for dogs and their owners who want to get out and explore!

The Spanish High Sierra

 
         
         
         
     

Nomad and Rebel,
and website: Belgium trekkers.

 

MindWiseMan,
Very cool dude in UK.

 
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Backpacking Skills

             
 

Analytical Survival,
your guide to surviving modern times.

Map Tools,
excellent tutorials on UTM and coordinate systems that will make you a better map reader.

Map and Navigation info, and Survival,
Army Study Guide.com.

 

Skills

These sites supplement and expand different elements of your backpacking skills.

These sites also apply and stretch backpacking skills to cover emergency and disaster situation in the field or at home.

I'm just getting started here, so stay tuned as the links section expands.

Tahoe to Whitney
Backpacking Skills

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Backpacking Skills Forum

 

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Snow Travel

Wild Snow,
Lou Dawson's
Awesome Winter backcountry Wonderland on skis

Cold Water Survival,
YukonMan, good tips.

RopeWork,
Stormdrane's Blog. The art and skill of knot tying.

TNT Repairs
is Terry's deep well of sewing machine experience. Terry's generous spirit and informative site makes setting up, tuning up, repairing, or learning the basics easy. Mention you found TNT on TahoetoWhitney for a 5% discount.

 
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Backpacking Gear

             
 

Backpacking Gear

United States

 

The Gear List

 

Questions, comments, and resources to offer? Post up in the
The Gear Forum

 

 

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Backpacking Gear
Information

Planning and Selecting Gear

Best Gear
Selected by Tahoe to Whitney Backpackers

Sleeping Bags

Water Filters

Backpacking Stoves

Tents

Internal Frame Backpacks

External Frame Backpacks

Ultralight Backpacks

Boots

Also See
Trailspace Outdoor Gear Reviews
Comprehensive Community-based reviews

 
         
         
         
     

Water Filter Dude
has all the information on maintaining water quality through boiling, chemical, filtration or purification.

Great Outdoors Dudes
are Water Filter Dude's cohorts. We have Camping, Compass, and CPR dudes, among others! This is great stuff for kids, but all the information is solid for everyone!

Tahoe to Whitney
Backpacking Water Forum

 
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Astronomical Information

             
 

Backpacking
Astronomical
Information

Astro & Science News

Backpacking Navigation

Backpacker's Full
Digital Star Chart

 

United States

The Sun precisely locates our compass points and sets the clock while rising and setting. Its highest point marks local Noon everywhere.

The Moon tracks the progress of the month, while the positions of the fields of Stars in the night sky precisely measures our seasonal progress through the year.

Time, the position of celestial objects, and our position in the terrain are precisely related to each other.

Well, except the planets. The ancients considered the planets unreliable wanderers, as far as charting time and space were concerned. Though amusing, planets were no help to navigation at all.

The planets actually vexed ancient astronomers, for their motions made no sense at all in their Earth-centric Universe.

Our view of what reality is, and the perceptive distortions of reality induced by our own desires, have both changed and yet remained roughly the same over the ages.

Sunrise, set, and noon are as sure a set of reference points in time and space as any compass or clock, if you know how to properly use them.

Each provides information that gives us context into our local position, the time at our position, and our overall position within the relationship between us, our planet, our solar system, and the greater galaxy beyond.

At least it will after we watch the galaxy rotate around us for a few decades, and get a feeling for just how we are getting the grand view of everything, of our surrounding galaxy and the universe beyond as we go spinning around our Sun.

That's what time it is.

 

 

See the Navigation Page for more information and resources.

 

Post up your questions, comments, information and experiences!
Navigation-Astronomy Forum

 

 

 

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Evening
PAPER Sky Chart
,
Downloadable
FIELD USE

Print your own star chart for your backpacking trip, or home use. It prints well! Skymaps.com.
ALWAYS
BRING A STAR CHART BACKPACKING !

 

Backpacker's Full
Digital Star Chart

 

Selection
of
WEB-BASED
Sky Charts
,
Adjustable, Your Sky, "the interactive planetarium of the Web." Mess around with it. Increase the image size to fit your monitor.

 

 

All Astronomical Events

All Naval
Astronomical
Data Services

 

In-the-Sky.ORG
Data Tables: What & When

Digital Star Wheel

Constellations Map

 

Tahoe to Whitney
Physics and Astronomy
News

All
Tahoe to Whitney
Astronomy-Navigation Resources

Let's Talk
Navigation

 

Essential Resources

Atlas of the Universe
FANTASTIC set of nested maps that lay out the universal context around us.

2016 Equinox, Solstice & Cross-Quarter Moments, archaeoastornomy.com. Past and future times and dates.

 

Popular Astronomy
EarthSky.Org
Keep up with what's currently happening in the sky with Deborah Byrd, a great voice for keeping our eyes open.

In-the-Sky.ORG
An amazing astronomical resource

Sky & Telescope
The Essential Guide to Astronomy

Go Astronomy
a great source of information.

 

Astronomical Image on the
Home Page:
The Cheshire Cat Gravitational Lensing Field

Hubble

All Hubble Images

 

Also See
Navigation Astronomy

 
         
 
           
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Favorite Field Handbook
The Observer's Sky Atlas

E. Karkoschka, Springer-verlag, Berlin, 1990. Handbook,
Best of Breed.

Information for EVERY backpacking trip:
Astronomical Information

Derive Sunrise and set times and their compass points, time of local Noon.

General Text
Discovering the Universe
(Kaufmann, WH Freeman and Co., NY, 2nd edition, 1989.) This is my fantastic lower-division college astronomy text. No math, but current observations and their theories are laid out.

Fun Facts

The width of the four fingers of the human fist held up against the sky at arm's length measures out 15 degrees or one hour of the Earth's rotation.

It is local Noon when the Sun bisects the North-South line on our compass. We can compare this with our figure for "city time" at High Noon to derive both the local and "Standardized" time for Noon.

By writing down the compass points and times of Sunrise and Sunset, and the "clock" time of local noon we can use the Sun as our compass and timepiece on our backpacking trips.

Unless it's cloudy.

See the Navigation Page for more astronomical information and resources.

 
           

The Local's Perspective

             
 

Local Information

Sites that give you an in-depth look at local resources available up and down the Sierra

The Leader of the Pack
HST
High Sierra Topix

 

Post up questions, comments and more resources in the
Resupply Forum

 

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Lake Tahoe: Court Brock has pulled together every type of resource at Lake Tahoe in his About Lake Tahoe.

Carson Pass & El Dorado National Forest
The Eldorado
National Forest Interpretive Association

Carson Pass Vacations
Again, this same guy puts up some of the best specific-location information.

The Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway

 
         
         
         
     

Arnold Rim Trail.
Mid-elevation Sierra Trail Project.

Sonora Pass Vacations
This guy has a huge amount of information.

Mammoth Lakes: Mammoth Lakes Tourism is the official Visitors Bureau for the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

John Muir Trail Yahoo Group
Very Cool Folks

 
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Backpacking Organizations

             
 

Pacific Crest Trail Association

Tahoe Rim Trail

El Dorado NF Interpretive Association

Desolation Wilderness Volunteers

Backpacking Resource Center, Boy Scout Centered

 

Backpacking
Groups

This is the short list. See the

 

Post up comments and resources in the
Groups Page

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Student Conservation Association

Bay Area Wilderness Training, Earth Island Institute

ADZ: the Official Story

 
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On
Identification

Learn to Teach Yourself in the Classroom of Life.

Excellent Observers need excellent resources.

Note
KEY General Reference

A Sierra Club Naturalist's Guide to The Sierra Nevada,
by Stephen Whitney, Sierra Club Books, SF, 1979.

Note
The above is the standard reference for all types of fundamental environmental and biological identifications
in the Sierras Nevada Mountain Range.

This book treats all aspects of the High Sierras, and is the best place to begin obtaining a general understanding the Sierra Nevada.

High Sierra Geology

High Sierra Geology

The geological history of the High Sierra has been rewritten by great leaps in knowledge, scientific advances, and insights over the last twenty years.

 

Geology News

 

Introductions
to
High Sierra Geology

 

High Sierra
Geological Information

Sierra Nevada Mountain Range Rises Rapidly,
5-3-12, Live Science.

 

Birth, rise, and Growth of the Sierra?
Current research survey by Ars Techica

 

 

High Sierra,
Wikipedia

 

 

Sierra Nevada Physical Geography
Joel Michaelsen
BAD LINK

 

 

Glaciers of California
Hassan Basagic

Glaciations of the Sierra Nevada
Gillespie and Zehfuss, pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Geology Generally

AGU Blogosphere
American Geophysical Union
"A Community of Earth and Space science blogs."

 

Locations in the Sierra

 

Lake Tahoe

USGS on Lake Tahoe

LTBMU explains
Genesis of Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Facts & History
Keep Tahoe Blue

Tahoe Census Facts

 

 

Emigrant Wilderness

Tungsten Road:

Emigrant Wilderness Geological Survey,
Mineral Resources of the Emigrant Basin Primitive Area, California,
(USGS, Tooker, Morris, Fillow, and Oliver, 1970), pdf.

 

 

Yosemite

The Geologic Story of Yosemite National Park
N. King Huber

 

 

Mono Lake

Mono Lake,
Indiana U student project, 2014.

 

 

Mammoth Mountain

USGS Volcanic Monitoring,
East Sierra

Monitoring Volcanoes in the Eastern Sierra
Indiana U student project, 2014.

NEWS

Keep up with the speed of rock!

Keep up with the geological news!

We track
Geological, Biological, and General Science News of concern to the High Sierra.

For Example
"Sierra Nevada Mountain Range Rises Rapidly"
5-3-12, Live Science.

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Natural World

             
 

Identification

Animals

 

Post up comments and resources in the
Living Things Forum

 

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Bear News

Fish News

 

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Animals

Greg Lasley
North American Mammals

Animal Life in Yosemite
National Park Service

Mammals of Yosemite
Parker, 1952

Animal Diversity Web
University of Michigan

 
         
         
         
     

High Sierra Birds

Graeme Colmer's
List of Images/Identifications of Sierra Birds

A Handy Thing

Ashok Khosla
Seeing Birds

Gred Lasley
Birds of North American

BirdMom
-BIRDS-

Excellent observer of Sierra Nevada from her foothill perch. Flower identification by color.

Joe Morland's
Bird Links Masterlist

Birds
enature.com

Animal Field Guides
eNature.com

Sierra Nature Notes
informing beauty with science.

Birdwatcher's Digest Bird ID Guide

 
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Identification

Plants

 

Sierra Bio Zones
A Naturalist's Transect along the I-80 Corridor in California:
Rockin to Donner Pass

J. L. Medeiros

 

 

Plant of the Week
Forest Service

 

Tree News

 

Page Index

 

 

 

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Flowers

BirdMom
-FLOWERS
-
Excellent observer of Sierra Nevada from her foothill perch. Flower identification by color.

Reny's Wildflowers Color and Shape Search
Pretty darn cool

Wildflower Sites Index
Gardening Launch Pad

Sierra Nevada Wildflowers
Mr. Sullivan

Calflora
Calflora.org

CalPhotos
UC Berkeley

Celebrating Wildflowers
US Forest Service

Flower Identifier
Healthy Home Gardening

Wildflowers by Color
Wildflowerinformation.org

Pacific Bulb Society

 
         
         
         
     

Trees

Trees of Lake Tahoe
beetlesinthebush.wordpress.com

Pine Cone Facts
PineConeFestival.com

VTree ID
Virginia Tech

 

Fungi of California

 

 

 
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Insects

             
 

Identification

Insects

Post up comments and resources in the Insect Forum

Spider & Insect News

 

 

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Butterflies

Art Shapiro's Butterfly Site

Butterflies and Moths of North America
Alpine County

Greg Lasley
Butterflies of North America

The Butterfly Website

Lepidopterists' Society
identification page

BugGuide
Bugguide.net

Moth Photographers Group
Mississippi State

 
         
         
         
     

Insect Societies

Spider Sites Index
arachnology.be

Greg Lasley
SPIDERS
Greg Lasley
INSECTS

SpiderIdentification.org

American Arachnological Society

Tick or Spider?

 
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Arts and Letters

             
 

Arts and Letters

Different ways of reflecting the beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains

Comments?

Post up comments and resources in the
Arts and Letters
Forum

 

Post up your Backpacking Stories

 

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Music
Steve Sheppers, Myspace

Words
Adam Blauert, Merced Sun Star

Education
Careers in the Environmental Sciences

 
         
         
         
     

 

Fine Arts
David Maxim Studio

Fine Arts
David Maxim Tahoe to Whitney Gallery

Fine Arts
Elena Kundell Painting

Pictures
TrekkingPhotography.com, Josh Meyers,

Fine Arts
Markskor Gallery

Also See
High Sierra History

 
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Technical Resources

             
 

Free
Technical Resources
For the Bootstrapping Backpacker

Backpackers use digital tools and the internet to access information and share resources. This requires technology.

Some of this technology is necessarily defensive. Much is potentially expensive. As with backpacking gear, I try to get the most bang for my buck.

A good "bang," as today's technology can pose as many blow-up risks as rewards.

TahoetoWhitney wants you to freely get access to our excellent backpacking information while being as safe on the digital trail as on High Sierra trails. So we've got some suggestions for you.

I've found the best security tool is a well-designed system, be it backpacking or computing. For that reason my first recommendation is to abandon Windows ASAP.

This fundamental change is best approached as a process, rather than an abrupt transition. Thus the free Windows security tools are still preserved on this list, as well as the many dual-OS versions of the free communication, media, and computer utilities suggested here. Now we've added an Operating System.

I suggest you take the time to study, prep and download a USB stick with
Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" Cinnamon.

Linux is the OS of the future.
Everything else will be a portal to rent "cloud" computing power.

Microsoft is moving towards charging rent for OS access to computing power, software, products, and services, while leveraging the theft and sale of any knowledge they can access about your behavior.

In addition to the logical excellence of the open source Linux, I've found many of these free, open source programs work extremely well keeping bootstrapping backpackers online, their personal information private, and their systems safe.

Better than commercial products.

Or not. We report failure and success.
Linux requires some study, and has a very rewarding learning curve.

Overall
These free utilities have helped make this "bootstrapped" backpacking trail guide possible.
Thanks, Developers!

Especially Mr. Linux, the cat-herder, and his herd of developer cats!

I've used these public (and private) tools to my capacity, and encourage you to find yours.

 

Security

First:
Screw Microsoft

I am over microsoft.

Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" Cinnamon

How to: Linux Mint 18

First 10 Linux Mint Tasks

The first thing you must do if you want security (and privacy) is to remove Windows and other Microsoft products from your computer.

This will be instrumental for keeping your computer under your own direct control in the not too distant future.

Win 10 rollout and features showed how openly untrustworthy Microsoft has become.

Every foreign government with any sense at all has removed Windows from all sensitive areas of policy. The Kremlin was using typewriters for a while...

The next step is installing and beginning to use and equip Linux Mint for your objectives. It may take some time to comfortably transition to Linux.

That's why we are setting up a "Dual Boot" system to create a gradual transition to the Linux environment. It may take time to setup all the necessary software to support all our activities as we transition off Windows.

You will find yourself enjoying and moving to the superior Linux environment more quickly than you anticipated, if you give it a chance.

These things are hard to change, but I should have switched years ago...

 

Have Big Problems?
If a hired gun is necessary...

PROFESSIONAL, TRUSTED HELP:
Ryan at
NORCAL HELPDESK
is
"Your Guy"

 

Index

   

Microsoft Needs Security

The Latest:
Panda Free Antivirus

Working well, so far.

Spyhunter Free Scanner.
REMOVED:
CONSTANTLY LOCKED-UP.

Though no auto-removal of threats, Spyhunter Free contains custom tools to find and manually delete malware Windows Defender and AVG miss.

Find a sketchy Windows file? Not sure you trust your Anti-virus solution? Run that sucker through:
Virustotal

 

sfc/runnow.
Run from your Windows command prompt to verify Windows registered files and drivers are not corrupted.

AVG FREE.
REMOVED:
New "Privacy Policy" steals and sells user data!
Fine AV Protection. Auto-removal of most threats, but sells your personal data security. LOSERS.

Windows Defender.
Windows AV Scanner.

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Free Windows Utilities

Windows

Cobain Backup.
Excellent free backup utility.

Crap Cleaner. Vital.
Clears temp files, cookies, trash, and registry.

 

Windows & Linux

Filezilla.
Ultimate FTP.

 

Browsers & Email
Windows & Linux

Browsing Security
Those of you still using Internet Explorer as your browser should switch to something else for security reasons.

Even Windows has abandoned Explorer.

Mozilla Firefox.
Free, much more secure than IE.

TOR.
Keep folks' noses out of your business.

Mozilla T-Bird.
Free email client.

 

Other
Top Notch
Free Utilities

NO LINUX VER!!!
Free Adobe Reader.
Displays Free USGS Maps.
Adobe Reader sucks.
But, it is free, it runs our free USGS maps, and therefore must be mentioned here. But, Adobe sucks, while being vital to use our USGS maps, just to be perfectly clear.
NO LINUX VERSION: A REAL PROBLEM

 

Windows & Linux

7zip.
Free zipper program to decompress your USGS Maps.

Google Earth.
Excellent tool to use with maps and trail guide. I have a test package of "pins" that fly the viewer from spot to spot along the TYT, displaying maps, images, and guide pages in the Goog Earth Presentation.

 

Windows

Video Pad.
Excellent free version of video editor. Convert VP Pro to Free version video.

 

Windows & Linux

VLC Media Player.
Top notch free video player.

 

Windows

CalcTape.
Wow. I do a lot of complex addition. Adding up the lengths of many-many tiny segments of trail, checking them twice, and making sure everything is nice.

That exercise rapidly exceeded the Windows Calc's nifty, but limited capabilities. Calc Tape gives a running total showing and allowing adjustment to the figures and the sum on the run. And, I started using it out of the box.

I should read manuals first...

 
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Discussion

 

There are many fine resources for backpackers on the internet, on the bookshelf, and in the heads and hearts of thousands of backpackers.

If you are aware of some good ones, let me know.

We'll add them to The Mix...

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