By Mike Musgrove
Washington Post Staff Writer
March 26, 1999
As no-tech as camping can be, it's still a surprise that there are no comprehensive Web sites on the topic. An indication of what will come as camping enthusiasts learn to take advantage of the Web is ParkNet, which lets you make reservations at state campgrounds online but so far only New York, California, Texas and Oregon are currently wired into this site.
This is a practical but mostly no-frills collection of useful indexes of National Parks and travel clubs, although there is also a travel router to help you plan the driving part of your trip and some journals and notes from the trail written by visitors to the site. CampNet America is also an online resource for RV users.
THE GREAT OUTDOOR RECREATION PAGES
GORP, (the "Great Outdoor Recreation Pages") is largely a fantasy site for those of us without the money or time to go to, say, Kilimanjaro. This site is trying to turn a buck connecting campers with "Wilderness Outfitters" but also features interesting articles about exotic camping adventures.
THE CAMPING FOOLS
The Camping Fools site is put together by some "light-hearted idiots with a passion for the outdoors." This is a site for folks who like to talk about their camping gear if you're the type of camper who enjoys pondering the different types of Gore-Tex, you'll feel at home here.
One of the better all-around camping Web sites, this one is most useful for parents who want to take their kids along with them. Articles address low-impact camping, your camping supply checklist and activities for the kids. The reviews of campsites are also useful, though this is just a roundup of places that the site's author and her family have visited.
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