Backpacking gear guide for the beginner, a bibliography

If you have answered a question by email more than once you should probably turn it into a blog post.
Just don't

Don’t pack a guitar, and forget about cast iron.

This is the Boy Scout “Field Book” Which covers most everything outdoors related:



Gear Reviews:
http://www.outdoorgearlab.com -good systematic reviews
http://www.backpackgeartest.org -better non-systematic reviews

Stores:
http://www.campsaver.com -about like the above
http://www.steepandcheap.com -the outdoor woot.com
http://www.campmor.com -like overstock.com for camping
http://www.sierratradingpost.com -a less focused campmor
http://www.cabelas.com -for the hook & bullet (therefor heavy) crowd not cam and sprocket
http://www.basspro.com -the walmart to cabelas target

This is the “ultralight” perspective, where you trade comfort and gear for knowledge and experience it is the hardcore of backpacking:

Gear in general, great but infrequently updated:

Clothing philosophy:

Andy Kirkpatrick for good clothes for bad weather:

Skurka for good clothes for good to middling weather:

A response to Skurka by Dave Chenault:

How far we have come, not far at all:
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