*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).
*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)
*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.
*"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