Resources

Find on this page an array of organizations and efforts that coincide with the mission of this site. Maybe you can uncover a new way to formalize your wilderness adventure skills or a non-profit that needs your time and energy. Let me know if there are some other worthwhile efforts I should include.

National Park Backcountry permits
The real popular routes, like South Kaibab & Bright Angel, John Muir in Yosemite, West Rim in Zion and a number of others fill up quickly. It’s advised that you apply as soon as possible and recognize that each park has different application guidelines.

Arches National Park
Backpacking
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Big Bend National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Death Valley National Park
Denali National Park
Permit page
Backcountry info page
Grand Canyon National Park
Great Basin National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Glacier National Park
Isle Royale National Park
Mt. Rainier National Park
  > Backpacking & Climbing General information
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  > Climbing information
North Cascades National Park
Olympic National Park
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
Yellowstone National Park
Yosemite National ParkZion National Park 

Outdoor skills and training organizations
Many companies that offer private guiding also teach outdoor skills and offer specialty training. Listed below are those orgs that focus solely on instruction. You’ll find those on the Get Out There page. 


NOLS – National Outdoor Leadership School

Considered by many the preeminent wilderness skills and experiental education school.

Outward Bound
A very reputable and recognized outdoor skills and development organization.

COLT – Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training
Thirty-three-year-old organization focused on two semester-type courses on Vancouver Island and in Squamish.

OWLS – Outdoor Wilderness Leadership School
Offers guide training and certifications in caving, kayaking, rock climbing and mountaineering, among other skills.

IWLS – International Wilderness Leadership School
Open since 1992, offers an array of wilderness skills instruction in locales around the world, as well as first-aid training, short programs and semester courses.

Landmark Learning
First aid instruction school for WFR, Swift Water Rescue, Wilderness EMT, Leave No Trace and the like. Also teaches the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS curriculum.

Wilderness outreach/environmental preservation

Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
Know it. Live it.

Surfrider Foundation
National non-profit dedicated to ocean and coastal waterway preservation. Join your local chapter.

National Parks Conservation Association
Independent organization for the advancement and preservation of our greatest idea.

American Hiking Society
Protecting our trails. Established the annual National Trails Day.

Access Fund
Mission is to keep open many of our great climbing routes through land cooperation and environmental advocacy.

IMBA – International Mountain Bicycling Association

Encourages proper usage, expansion and preservation of mountain biking trails and environments.

Trail associations
The following are links to the ever-important groups of advocates that watch over some of our country’s most beloved long-distance trails. All of the sites have terrific trail beta, pictures and great first-hand, well, first-foot insight.

Pacific Crest Trail Association
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail
Colorado Trail Foundation
Continental Divide Trail Alliance
Florida Trail Association
Oregon Coast Trail