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IMPORTANT NOTICE: "This Scouting oriented site list is provided with the intent to help members find useful information on the internet that relates to Scouting.  The Council provides no endorsement or monitoring of these sites and accepts no responsibility regarding their content or products.  As domains can be bought and sold without our knowledge, parents should be cautious about allowing their children to browse these sites without supervision.  Always refer to official Council resources and policy for official requirements."

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HAT's Favorite Gear Links
HAT's Favorite Health & Safety Links
HAT's Favorite Winter Camping Links
HAT's Favorite Paddling Links
HAT's Favorite Backpacking Links
HAT's Favorite Climbing Links
HAT's Favorite Cycling Links
HAT's Favorite Snorkeling & Diving Links
HAT's Favorite Places To Go Links
HAT's Favorite General Interest Links

 

 NOTE: All of the folloing links were verified in OCT'06.
Please contact the HAT Webmaster if you experience a broken link.

 

HAT's Favorite Gear Links

Link Name URL Comments
Coleman.com http://www.coleman.com Register as a non-profit & get up to 40% off.  Selection varies.  Free shipping is available
Campmor http://www.campmor.com Wide selection & good prices.  Mail order or internet.
Sierra Trading Post http://www.sierratradingpost.com Lots of closeouts so selection varies.  Also offers dressier clothing.  They have a store in Reno, NV
Alps Mountaineering http://www.alpsmountaineering.com Register your Scout unit for 40%+ off list.  Gear is well made for the price.  Watch for closeouts.
gearreview.com http://www.gearreview.com Lots of ideas on outdoor gear
BSA Supply Disision http://www.scoutstuff.org/ Everything from uniforms to camping gear
REI http://www.rei.com Staff (some are Scout leaders!) in local stores are very helpful.
REI Outlet http://www.rei-outlet.com REI Outlet store
Rock Creek Outfitters http://www.rockcreek.com/ Backpacker's Online Retailer of the Year for 2009
Performance Bike  http://www.performancebike.com Online & SAC area stores 
Make your own gear!

http://www.backpacking.net/

makegear.html

Contributed gear designs from backpacks to stoves!
Make your own Ultralight gear http://www.questoutfitters.com Patterns & mtl's to make your own ultralight gear!
Ultralight gear http://www.gossamergear.com Gear, links, plans, and more!
Travel sized packaged items http://www.minimus.biz/ Individual first aid, food, & travel items

 

HAT's Favorite Health & Safety Links

Link Name URL Comments
BSA Guide to Safe Scouting http://www.scouting.org/pubs/gss/toc.html The BSA guide everyone needs to study
Safe Swim & Safety Afloat

http://www.scouting.org/pubs/aquatics/

index2.html

Online BSA training, rq'd for all aquatics outings
Wilderness First Aid http://www.accreditednursingdegrees.com/ The 'Wilderness Nurses' section has some great info & links.  Thanks to Camp Price, WI for this one!!
CA Hunter Education Online http://hunter-ed.com/ca/ CDFG Approved Online course 
Mountain Rescue Association http://www.mra.org/ Find the Mountain Rescue Team for your next trek
Sierra Snow Condition Report

http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/tahoe/documents/

avalanche/current_advisory.htm

Avalanche advisory
Road Conditions http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/index.htm CAL TRANS site searchable by HWY, pass closure reports
dryday.com http://www.dryday.com/ FREE 30 day statistical weather forecasts
Weather Channel http://www.weather.com/ Check the weather before you go!
Mountain Lions http://www.dfg.ca.gov/news/issues/lion/ It's not just bears that are out there!
Center for Diease Control http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/lymeinfo.htm Lyme Disease
Center for Diease Control http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/index.htm Plague
Center for Diease Control

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/

hanta/hantvrus.htm

Hanta Virus
Center for Diease Control

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dpd/parasites/

giardiasis/factsht_giardia.htm

Giardia
High Altitude Medicine http://www.high-altitude-medicine.com/ Going above 8,000 feet?  Check this site out first.
Lightning Safety

http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/

outdoors.htm

Nat'l Weather Service advice & facts
Tahoe Nordic SAR Team http://www.tahoenordicsar.com/ They sponsor school age training
OutdoorSafe http://www.outdoorsafe.com/ Articles & training on outdoor safety
Equipped to Survive http://www.equipped.com/toc.htm Lots of articles on gear 

 

HAT's Favorite Winter Camping Links

Link Name URL Comments
Princeton's guide to winter camping

http://www.princeton.edu/~oa/winter/

wintcamp.shtml

A comprehensive set of articles
WinterCampers.com  http://www.wintercampers.com/index.html  Articles, trip reports, photos and more from a non-profit group 
Snow Shoe Magazine  http://www.snowshoemag.com/  Denver based
Igloo building

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/denali/

extremes/survigloo.html

NOVA's online series 
Igloo construction http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pia4i5sr0o0 Authentic techniques
Country Ways  http://snowshoe.com/  Traditional materials 
Cheap Snow Camp Sled

http://www.krabach.info/snow_sled/

snow_sled.htm

Construction details
Ed's Wilderness Systems http://www.skipulk.com/ Great resource for builing your own sleds
Steger Mukluks http://www.mukluks.com/ Traditional footwear
Ed Hadfield's Stove http://www.hadfield.ca/Gear/stove.html Make your own snow camp stove

 

HAT's Favorite Paddling Links

Link Name URL Comments
The Kayak Site http://www.qsl.net/wa1urb/98.html Step by step on building your own wood & canvas kayaks
USGS Real Time Water Data http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/rt Daily stream flow conditions any where you can paddle
A paddler's web site http://www.dreamflows.com/ Easier to access river flow data and more!
Tide/Current Predictor  http://tbone.biol.sc.edu/tide/sitesel.html  Handy site for ocean, delta & Tahoe tides - FREE
Canoe Camping Notes http://www.piragis.com/cliffjacobson/index.html Articles by BWCA guide, Cliff Jacobson 
US Army Corp of Engineers

http://www.spk.usace.army.mil/

organizations/cespk-co/lakes/index.html

Interactive map of CA rec sites, check out Englebright
Northern Tier http://www.ntier.org/ BSA's high adventure base for the Boundry Waters Canoe Area
American Canoe Assoc http://www.americancanoe.org/ Canoe & kayak resource
Bowron Lakes

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/

explore/parkpgs/bowron_lk/

a great B.C. canoeing destination
Bowron Lakes

http://www.westcoastpaddler.com/gallery

/thumbnails.php?album=81

a paddler's photo log
California Creeks http://www.cacreeks.com/ California whitewater, incl the upper Sacramento!
Sacramento River http://www.sacramentoriver.org Access, maps & more for the Sacramento River
Sacramento River NWR

http://www.fws.gov/sacramentovalleyrefuges

/r_sacriver.html

77 miles of paddling & camping along the Sacramento!
Lower American River Boating Guide http://www.dbw.ca.gov/Pubs/Ar/Parkway/ Good info & maps for paddling the lower American River
CA Dept  of Water Resources http://cdec.water.ca.gov/misc/daily_res.html CA reservoir water levels, higher is better!

 

HAT's Favorite Backpacking Links

Link Name URL Comments
National Geographic's TOPO!  software http://maps.nationalgeographic.com/topo/ Great trip planning software 
CA Recreation Web Site

http://www.findrecreation.parks.ca.gov/

openspaces/

Search CA trails,  campgrounds & parks
Philmont Scout Ranch http://www.philmont.com/ 137,000 acres of backpacking!
OA Guide to Map & Compass 

http://www.princeton.edu/~oa/manual/

mapcompass.shtml

Part of the 'The Backpacker's Field Manual'
Backpacking Net http://www.backpacking.net/ Focused on lightweight techniques
Hiking Basics

http://www.abc-of-hiking.com/info/

hiking-basics.asp

All about hiking and what you need to get started
Sierra Bears http://www.sierrawildbear.gov/ All about Sierra bears, food storage and more
Sierra Wilderness Area info site http://www.sierranevadawild.net/ Info on 28 areas; permits, regs & more
BackpackGearTest http://www.backpackgeartest.org/ Backpacker's 6mo. reviews of gear
Alcohol Stoves http://zenstoves.net/ Homemade backpack stoves & lots more!
Ultralight gear http://www.antigravitygear.com Good selection of some hard to find gear
Ultralight backpacking http://www.the-ultralight-site.com Ultralight ideas and a free email book
Backpacking Recipes http://www.isu.edu/outdoor/bkrecipe.htm From the Outdoor Adventure Center, Idaho State Univ
Menus & Recipes

http://www.ziplink.net/~24601/recipes/

bprecipe.htm

Practical recipes from many sources
Freezer bag cooking http://www.freezerbagcooking.com/ Videos, receipes, gear and more!
Gear, food & more http://www.wildernessdining.com/ Everything for wilderness cooking
Bulk dried foods http://waltonfeed.com From #2.5 cans to 50lb sacks for your next trek!
AlpineAire Foods http://www.aa-foods.com/index.cfm Scout discounts in the Sacramento area
Freeze dried & dehydrated foods http://www.harmonyhousefoods.com/ Wide selection for your own receipes
Trails.com http://www.trails.com/ Subscription access to 30,000 maps
American Hiking Society http://www.americanhiking.org/ A Nt'l Organization dedicated to all things hiking
Peak to Peak http://www.peaktopeak.net Links to hiking, trail, & wilderness sites
Gorp.com http://www.gorp.com/ Lots of articles on gear, tips & places to go

 

HAT's Favorite Climbing Links

Link Name URL Comments
Blue Water Ropes http://www.bluewaterropes.com/ Lots of info on, yes - you guessed it - ropes!
Granite Arch http://www.granitearch.com  Granite Arch offers the Climbing Merit Badge
Touchstone Climbing http://www.touchstoneclimbing.com Pipeworks has multiple locations

 

HAT's Favorite Cycling Links

Link Name URL Comments
BicycleScource.com http://www.bicyclesource.com/ Good reference for everything cycling
Sacramento Cycling Maps

http://www.sacregion511.org/bicycling/

bikemaps.cfm

Links to maps for bike trails in the greater SAC area
Map My Ride http://www.mapmyride.com/ Route maps from local cyclists, find a new ride today! 
Bicycle Nevada http://www.bicyclenevada.com/  Rides, links & laws
Cycling Tahoe

http://www.tahoesbest.com/Biking/

bikepath.htm

Do a 50 Miler on Tahoe's West Shore! 
USA Cycling http://www.usacycling.org/ Cycling in all its forms; clubs, races, resources, and more 
N. CA HS MTB Racing League http://www.norcalmtb.org/ Mountain Bike riding & racing for high school age riders

 

HAT's Favorite Diving Links

Link Name URL Comments
Diver Certifications  http://www.padi.com/ PADI & NAUI programs
Diver Certifications  http://www.naui.org/  
Sea Base - a High Adventure Base http://www.bsaseabase.org/index.html Diving, sailing, camping,...
City of Montery Camping

http://www.monterey.org/rec/

vetsparkrules.html

Camp & dive in downtown Montery!
SCUBA Yellow Pages  http://www.scubayellowpages.com/  A directory of everything SCUBA, gear to trips 
Fort Bragg's dive shop http://www.subsurfaceprogression.com/ Weather, webcams & dive sites on the Mendo coast
Sports Chalet http://www.sportchalet.com/ SAC area training & certification, Scout discounts 
San Jose Flipper Dippers http://www.sjflipperdippers.com/index.html One of N. CA's largest dive clubs, good dive links & help for Scouts

HAT's Favorite Places To Go

Link Name URL Comments
Tahoe National Forest http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/tahoe/ Maps, current conditions and more for 'The Tahoe', great year-round outings!
Pacific Crest Trail http://www.pcta.org/ THE web site for the PCT
BSACamps.org http://www.bsacamps.org/ A directoryto BSA Camps across the US
Tahoe Rim Trail http://www.tahoerimtrail.org/ A non-profit assoc.
National Parks http://www.nps.gov/ Info on nearly 400 parks & historic sites
Yosemite backpacking

http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/

backpacking.htm

Backpackers guide to 1,100 sq. miles of wilderness!
Lost Coast http://www.sheltercove-lostcoast.com/lostcoastconnections/hiking/ Good starting point for a trek to this coastal area
State Parks http://www.parks.ca.gov/  Everything about CA parks
Forest Service http://www.fs.fed.us/ Site listings, maps & more 
Federal rec sites http://www.recreation.gov Locate & reserve 'em here
Hike & bike destinations http://www.backpacker.com/destinations Backpacker Mag's favorites
The Bizz Johnson Trail

http://www.blm.gov/ca/eaglelake/

bizztrail.html

Camp, Bike, hike, ski or snowshoe this CA 25 mile rail to trail conversion!
Western Waterfalls http://www.waterfallswest.com/ Over 300 waterfalls with photos, maps and lots more!

 

HAT's Favorite General Interest Links

Link Name URL Comments
Leave No Trace http://www.lnt.org/ LNT is the offical policy of the BSA
NOLS http://www.nols.edu/ The National Outdoor Leadership School !!
Triple Crown Award http://www.holry.org/triplecrownaward.php Award for attending all 3 BSA High Adventure Bases
Sierra Outdoor Recreation http://www.sierraoutdoorrecreation.com/ A Guide to year around Sierra activities
Outdoor Resourses http://www.outdoor-resources.com/ A directory of sites dedicated to outdoor recreation
Brighton Scout Group http://www.mistral.co.uk/42brghtn/knots/ One of the best knot sites on the web
Roper's Knot Pages http://www.realknots.com/index.htm A directory of knot sites
An Axe to Grind

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/

Fspubs/99232823/toc.htm

Extensive manual on the axe by the US Dept of Transportation
Gransfors Bruks Axe Site

http://www.gransfors.com/htm_eng/

index.html

FREE 36 page Axe book
US Naval Observatory http://aa.usno.navy.mil/ Astronomical data useful for full moon hikes, sun & moon rise/set, and more
Scouting Service Project http://usscouts.org/lists/ Discussion lists covering everyting Scouting! 
Inquiry Net http://www.inquiry.net/ Old school Scouting; what to do & how to do it
Reserve America http://www.reserveusa.com/ Reservations for CA State Parks, Army Corps of Eng & Forest Service Camps

 

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: "This Scouting oriented site list is provided with the intent to help members find useful information on the internet that relates to Scouting.  The Council provides no endorsement or monitoring of these sites and accepts no responsibility regarding their content or products.  As domains can be bought and sold without our knowledge, parents should be cautious about allowing their children to browse these sites without supervision.  Always refer to official Council resources and policy for official requirements."

 

 

 

 

 

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