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The Four Day Marches - aka Nijmegen Marches

Some 40 thousand people participate annually in this 4 day event held in July in Nijmegen, Netherlands.

Hiking Podcasts;

Mountain Lion vs Dog Tracks, etc a great site for identifying feline tracks vs canine tracks - photos of cougar tracks and dog, fox, domestic cat, etc plus illustrations.

Gap Year Choices:

If you at a transition point in your life where you have a free year, check out this site for options:

Off Topic but outdoors related Links:

Other Sites that are interesting, but are off topic compared to our content pages. Most of these sell products and we have no experience dealing with them as a customer.

Great ideas for Sequoia-Kings Canyon hikes in . mainly commercial - links to other sites featuring good deals on gear, also has tips, links to organizations, where to hike info. some good links, a lot of articles and product reviews. Mostly United States Trails, but some International as well. - GPS devices are now used by some hikers, so here's a site: - discounts on GPS systems from Garmin, Magellan, and Navman. GPS software, GPS accessories, Fishfinders and Chartplotters. - A lot of detailed introductory articles on GPS use. This unusual site has a single product - a deck of 54 cards, each with a photo of a woman between the ages of 50 and 100, and on the backside (I think), words of wisdom. - Bayou country outdoor gear. - well designed website featuring gear and advice to hikers and campers. - This appears to be the premier custom boot making and orthotics site. This is the same Randy Merrell that designed Merrell boots. Mountain Guide of Virginia offers custom built, tailored hiking and mountain walking - wildflower and tree identification, Native Americans and early Colonist info -  a peace and solitude. 31 ways to lace your shoes, boots, etc. I owe a lot of my early outdoors experiences to the Boy Scouts so of course have to include this site with all things re Boy Scouts. - Cold weather expedition quality gear - I have no direct experience with this Canadian company, but they have an impressive product line if you are considering, for instance, scaling Denali. - A work in progress - they have a good outline of a lightweight backpacking site, but are still working at filling it in. 2014 note - looking better.

Mt. Rogers Outfitters an outfitter right on the Appalachian Trail. - Good resource on hiking for beginners - but don't click on senior scam link at the bottom - didn't check it out.

Emma Gatewood first hiked the entire 2160 mile Appalachian Trail at the age of 67.  She last hiked it at the age of 76.

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