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Happy trails: Resources for light backpackers

Clubs

*Adirondack Mountain Club: Nonprofit group that protects wild lands and waters ( www.adk-nfc.org).

*Foothills Trail Club: Built and maintains the Conservation Trail in Western New York ( www.foothillstrailclub.org).

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Gear

*Headlamp: Black Diamond Spot; 85 grams with 3 AAA batteries ($42). Three light settings.

*Backpack: Vapor Trail by Granite Gear; 2 pounds ($160). High-density polyethylene frame that distributes load evenly over back and onto hips. Hydration compatible.

*Water Filter: Katadyn Hiker Pro; 11 ounces ($69.95). Treats 300 gallons per filter.

*Hammock: Hennessy A-sym Hyperlite; 1 pound, 8 ounces ($219). Weight limit of 200 pounds Bugproof. Windproof. Waterproof.

(From the staff of Eastern Mountain Sports)

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Online

*www.freezerbagcooking.com: Good recipes that require only hot water.

*www.hammockforums.net: Everything you want to know about the bed that swings.

*www.whiteblaze.net: For Appalachian Trail enthusiasts.

*www.zenstoves.net: Home of the alcohol stove.

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Books

*"Lighten Up": A complete handbook for light and ultralight backpacking by Don Ladigin and Mike Clelland (Falcon Guide/May 2005; $12.95).

*"The Ultralight Backpacker": The complete guide to simplicity and comfort on the trail by Ryel Kestenbaum (June 2001; $15.95).

*"Al and Mike's Really Cool Backpackin' Book": Traveling and backpacking skills for a wilderness environment by Allen O'Bannon (April 2001; $14.95).

*"Lipsmacking Backpacking": Lightweight trail-tested recipes for back-country trips by Tim and Christine Conners (February 2000; $15.95).

-- Jane Kwiatkowski

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