Some of Our Favorite Links

NaturesPix Photo Note Cards

Personal photography by Doug and Ellen Smith

Grand Canyon Hikers and Backpackers Association

"Promoting, encouraging and advocating interests of the hiking and backpacking community ... of the Grand Canyon

Costa Rica Connection

If you're going to Costa Rica

Tiskita Jungle Lodge

If you're looking for the THE place to stay in Costa Rica


A growing list of everything about lighthouses from around the world.

Cloud Ridge Naturalists

The finest in natural history education and environmentally responsible travel

Backpacking Light

If you're into ultra lightweight backpacking, or just reducing your pack size and wieght, check these guys out

Trails Illustrated Maps

THE place to get your topo maps

Find Alternative and environmentally friendly products from around the world.

Fair Trade Shop, Green Tech, Eco Tourism, Used Items, Recycled. .

Trailmanor Trailers

THE guys who make the Trailmanor trailer

Holiday Expeditions

THE river guides for the Green, Yampa and upper Colorado rivers

Outdoors Unlimited

THE river guides for the Grand Canyon

Some of the Guide Books we use:

Colorado's Fourteeners From Hikes to Climbs

By Gerry Roach
Fulcrum Publishing
Golden, CO
This is our first choice. Features we like:
A detailed discussion of the Rating Systems used for climbing mountains.
A variety of routes of varying difficulty for each mountain, for example, he lists 5 routes for Mount of the Holy Cross.
A section that lists the difficulty of the easiest routes.
Gerry's Classic Commandments of Mountaineering. A must read.
We use his First Edition. Gerry has put out a second edition this year 1999 and also has issued a companion set of maps that tie into this edition.

Dawson's Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners

Volume 1 The Northern Peaks
Volume 2 The Southern Peaks

By Louse W. Dawson II
Blue Clover Press
Monument, CO
This is the book to get if you are into Technical Routes, Snow Climbs, Ski Descents and Classic Hikes. His maps are very detailed and the picture of each peak usually shows one or more routes detailed in his write-ups. This is our second choice.

A Climbing Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners

By Walter R Borneman and Lyndon J. Lampert
Pruett Publishing Company
Boulder, Colorado
This book features a discussion of the general geography and geology of Colorado and the various Mountain Ranges. A history of each peak is presented along with trailhead and trail information. Trail information is usually limited to the easiest routes. We use an updated Second Edition but have seen a Third Edition in bookstores.

We use all three in planning each trip, as each gives a different perspective.