Here are some links relating to lightweight backpacking. Many of these sites have additional links to other lightweight backpacking sites. LightweightBackpacking101.com is not responsible for the content, opinions, or positions published at these sites.
ProLite Gear (ProLiteGear.com)
Retailer focusing on lightweight backpacking gear, including hard to find items and products from cottage manufacturers.
The Largest Selection of Sporting Goods from the Best Stores. Price Comparisons, Product Reviews, Price Alerts, Visual Search.
The Largest Selection of Footwear from the Best Stores. Price Comparisons, Product Reviews, Price Alerts, Visual Search. If you are looking for footwear start your search on this site.
BPL has an online store with hard to find items, and ultralight gear.
LIGHTWEIGHT BACKPACKING INFORMATION PORTALS
Some content requires a paid subscription. BPL has technical equipment reviews, feature articles, how-to articles and an active discussion forum related to lightweight backpacking.
The Lightweight Backpacker has articles, reviews, and discussion forums.
National Scenic Trails Mailing Lists. Lots of information of a general nature, also related to specific trails (PCT, AT, etc.)
BackpackingLight List. Large volume of posts, people interested in ultralight packing.
TOUR OPERATORS AND GUIDED HIKING
Has a good online database of Tour Operators for various geographic regions and destinations.
Pacific Crest Trail Association
American Long Distance Hiking Association(West)
Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
JOURNALS/INFORMATION/PERSONAL HIKER SITES
Francis Tapon’s site. Author of “Hike Your Own Hike”.
Journals of people hiking the John Muir Trail.
Home of Shepherd Canyon Books – a site focused on backpacking, Camino de Santiago, John Muir Trail, and Women’s Adventure.
John O’Mahoney’s Homepage.
Site for Pacific Crest Trail hikers. Many features, including Pepsi-can stove instructions and hiker journals.
Adventure Alan’s website.
Onestep’s Ultralight Backpacking Resource…section hiking the AT with a “10 lb. pack”.
Chronicle of James Bennett’s attempt to set a record on the PCT.
Don “Photon” Johnson’s home page, with instructions for the famous Photon Stove.