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~ ~ ~ CONTENTS .... Vol 2 Issue 6 .... ISSN 1465-8224
~ ~>> SiteFinder 2.6 OUTDOORS ON THE WEB
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~ ~ S I T E F I N D E R ~ ~ Vol 2 Issue 6 ~ ~ ISSN 1465-8224
~ ~ OUTDOORS ON THE WEB
~ ~ Adventure and Experiential Education Directory Ezine
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~ 1 ~ CHANGE OF EMPHASIS
Thanks to the increasing efficiency of search engines (see
Trackers' Tips below) it is now much easier to find what you are
looking for on the internet.
Search Engines may be getting more and more ''intelligent'' but they can't
yet write site reviews!!
So future issues of SiteFinder will focus more on the BEST
web-based resources - through REVIEWS and AWARDS.
As the subscriber base for SiteFinder steadily increases (now 280
intelligent beings) I hope that more of you will feel inspired to
make recommendations and share them with other subscribers.
Send your views and comments to: email@example.com
Other changes are on the way - see Reader Survey Results below.
~ 2 ~ TRACKERS' TIPS: THE BEST MULTI-SEARCH ENGINES
One reason why I started SiteFinder Directory and Ezine was my
impatience with search engines that never seemed to appreciate
what kind of sites I was looking for!
Since then (last year) my own search skills have improved a bit,
but search engines have improved a LOT.
It is now much, MUCH easier to find what you are looking for -
thanks to these two amazing multi-search engines that search the
big name search engines and directories and quickly integrate all
the results into one tidy list.
I entered this string of 7 words in both search engines:
experiential outdoor adventure education learning training
I was so impressed with the quality of the results that I will
continue to use savvysearch and metacrawler as my first choice
search engines. I will also continue to use long search strings
to help reduce the odds of getting unwanted results.
I found this advice at Windweaver
which is an excellent site for up to date search advice.
Dogpile is Windweaver's third choice. This multi-search engine
doesn't integrate the results but it does cover a different range
of search sources.
I liked all three, because each of them placed my own site high
up on their first results pages! (See Site Owners' Tips below if you want
help in achieving this for your site.)
~ 3 ~ NEW ENTRIES IN THE SITEFINDER DIRECTORY
Conrad Cone & Chris Moore
Pacific Adventure Learning
Experiential educators and adventure enthusiasts
See what one organization is doing in Western Canada in
experiential and adventure based learning.
Games page, links, adventure therapy, EBTD and trainings
Games page, resources and links, training and course postings
I Will Not Complain International
those interested in facilitating significant, positive and
lasting change in individuals and teams
We are the leaders in EE in Asia with offices in Tokyo,
Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing
introduction to our company and programs, our people, and what is
unique about our approach
Programs in conference rooms or programs which involve rappelling
off the Great Wall of China
William Conner PhD, DD
International Association of Pastoral Counselors
Ordained ministers who provide pastoral counseling
An international professional association of pastoral counselors
Pastoral counselors from all over the world
PhD in Biblical Studies, professional membership certificate with
designation as Pastoral Counselor
If you can recommend a site to include in SiteFinder Directory
(even your own site!) write to:
or complete the form at:
~ 4 ~ FINDING OUTDOOR INFORMATION ON THE WEB
.................... by Richard Nelsson
Earlier this year the news that a massive avalanche had killed 37
people in the Austrian Alps had barely appeared on the wires when
the calls began to come through to the Guardian's Research &
Information Unit. Could we get detailed maps of the area, find
experts to speak to, compile chronologies of previous avalanches
and what were Ski discussion groups saying about the disaster?
Traditional reference and commercial online sources were used,
but much of the immediate information was found via web sites
such as the Avalanche Center <http://www.csac.org/>, local facts
from <http://www.thealps.com/> and the British Ski Club
These sites form what could be loosely described as 'outdoor
information'; the places where mountaineers, surfers and walkers
etc, go for details on such things such as the weather, land
access, climbing routes and of course to buy equipment. The sites
fall into three basic categories:
Includes Government sites such as the National Parks, the Met
Office and the Countryside Commission. Can be useful for finding
out about access problems.
Outdoor enthusiasts are often gear freaks. Several equipment
manufacturers and shops have their own sites which as well
as promoting their products have added on feature articles and
links to attract customers. Magazines too are gradually coming
By far the largest area. Includes sports associations, clubs and
pages compiled by enthusiasts. Often detailed information with
plenty of links. They can also include more general `armchair'
travel pages such as Sir Chris Bonington's latest expedition
progress report. Due to the often dangerous nature of the these
sports, information is usually accurate and reliable. After all,
word would soon get around if the recommendations of a climbing
site were found to be untrustworthy. That said, notice boards,
specially surf ones, contain their fair share of juvenile drivel.
<http://www.surfsystem.co.uk/ss_chat_frame.html [URL may have changed]>.
Obviously these sites are aimed at the outdoor enthusiast, but as
with the example described above they are of great value to the
researcher. They also provide a gateway into other subjects,
particularly on environmental issues. For example, the pressure
group Surfers Against Sewage, <http://www.sas.org.uk/> is an
excellent source for data on ocean and beach pollution.
If you're not quite sure what you are looking for,
<http://www.yahoo.co.uk/Recreation/outdoors/> is a good place
begin searching. However it does show that there are hundreds of
extreme sport related sites in this country alone, never mind in
the US. For the purposes of this guide I have concentrated on UK
sites with reliable data, although it goes without saying that
most have links to US and the rest of the world.
The Countryside Commission: <http://www.countryside.gov.uk/> has
valuable information about land access as well links to the
National Parks. The National Trust is at
<http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk> (old address?) Ordnance Survey:
<http://www.o-s.co.uk/>. For US National Parks look at
The Met office: <http://www.meto.gov.uk/> is usually the first
site to turn to. For longer range forecasts look at the European
Centre of Medium-Range weather forecasts, <http://www.ecmwf.int/>
while <http://www.onlineweather.com> is also very good. Look at
the Scottish Avalanche Information Service:
<http://www.sais.gov.uk/> during the winter months.
Mountaineering and climbing
The British Mountaineering Council, <http://www.thebmc.co.uk/> is
probably the best place to start looking. For all things to do
with rock and ice climbing look at the UK climbing site
<http://www.eclimb.com/ukclimb/> while the unofficial climbing
pages: <http://www.lbell.demon.co.uk [dead link?]> provide a different view.
An excellent site for general facts and discussion regarding the
wider issues, particularly mountain rescue, is Bluedome:
It may sound corny, but surfers surf the web to find where the
surf is. Surf System <http://www.surfsystem.co.uk/> has a
constant update of surf conditions throughout the country while
for an understanding of wave telemetry and oceanography
<http://www.diltd.demon.co.uk/ric/ [URL may have changed]> is the place to go. For news,
debate of the issues and links, look at the British Surf
Association: http://www.britsurf.org.uk [URL may have changed]. Environmental news is at
SAS: <http://www.sas.org.uk/>. If you prefer a board with a sail,
the British Windsurfing Association can be found
at [website has since moved]
Skiing and Snowboarding
As well as the links listed above, Snowsport Scotland
<http://www.snsc.demon.co.uk/> is invaluable both for domestic
and international information including weather. The British
Snowboard Association can be found at
<http://members.aol.com/britboard> and for a complete list of
resorts throughout the world look at <http://www.goski.com/>.
At the moment there doesn't seem to be a single site representing
mountain biking in the UK. Cycling UK:
though has good links especially to the clubs dotted around the
country. More general information can be found at Cyber Cyclist:
Walking and backpacking
The Ramblers Association can be found at
while if you want to run around in the countryside, orienteering
information can be found at <http://www.cix.co.uk/~bof/ [dead link?].
For a more international perspective try TrailWalk:
If you're planning to delve into the deep, the world's largest
Internet diving source The Diver's Resource is at
<http://www.ukdiving.co.uk/>;The A-Z of
Paragliding is at <http://www.paragliding.com [now a dead link?]. Speleologists
can be found at the National Caving Association:
<http://web.ukonline.co.uk/nca>. A general extreme sport site
(for hardcore enthusiasts) can be found at
General outdoor and armchair
A general site covering many aspects of the great outdoors is
<http://www.mtn.co.uk/> while for a North American slant on
things go to the Mountain Zone: <http://www.mountainzone.com/>.
If you'd prefer to settle back and just dream of the wilderness,
read about veteran mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington's latest
exploits at <http://www.bonington.com/> or Alan Hinkes' latest
attempt to climb all the 8000m peaks in the world at
surfers may want to check how the surf is around the globe
(including Cornwall of course) by looking at the surfcam site:
Two of the best outdoor shops on the net are Berghaus:
<http://www.berghaus.com/> and Cotswold Camping
http://www.cotswold-outdoor.co.uk/ [URL may have changed]. Rock and Run:
<http://www.eclimb.com/> concentrates on climbing.
Climbing Magazine: <http://www.climbing.com/>
Surfer Magazine: <http://www.surfermag.com/> divernet, the online
edition of Diver magazine <http://www.divernet.com/>. An
action sports webzine is at http://www.playhard.com [URL may have changed].
Richard Nelsson is a research librarian at the Guardian Media
Group's Research & Information Unit. He is also a freelance
writer specialising in outdoor issues and is a former editor of
Deadline, the newsletter for the Association of UK Media
Librarians (AUKML). He can be contacted at
Why not ask Richard to carry out a search for you?
Credit should also go to FREE PINT the original publishers of
this article in FREE PINT ISSN 1460-7239 29th April 1999 #37
FREE PINT have an online version of this article - with activated
hyperlinks at: http://www.freepint.co.uk/issues/290499.htm
~ 5 ~ MORE OUTDOOR WEB SITES
Whether you like to camp, bike, paddle or climb, OutdoorExplorer
wants to be your online destination for breaking news, features,
photos and real-life stories.
http://www.outdoorexplorer.com [now a dead link?]
Outdoor Adventure-Articles and other resources on a variety of
popular outdoor activities including cycling, hiking,
hunting/fishing, nature, water sports, and winter sports.
Contains profiles of prominent outdoor recreation figures and
athletes, gear and clothing reviews, and several interactive
forums. Provides current reports on marine, alpine snow, river,
and national park weather conditions.
If you have any favourite outdoor websites not included above
please send the address (URL) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Better still, write a brief description/review!
~ 6 ~ SITE OWNERS' TIPS
~ CAN I HELP YOU GET MORE VISITORS?
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Disappointed? Stay subscribed to SiteFinder and ask me to take a
look at your site. It will be interesting to follow the progress
of one or two sites that are trying to get more visitors. Any
requests? Any offers? Readers will be able to follow your
progress in SiteFinder (no other catches!). Write to:
~ DO YOU WANT A SHORTER ADDRESS?
What happens when you leave out www from your address?
I have recently discovered that I have a shorter address for my
site. The official address is http://reviewing.co.uk
but http://reviewing.co.uk works just as well - in the latest
versions of Netscape and Explorer anyway.
So if your internet address is too long to fit on your business
card or on the side of your car, maybe you can shrink it a bit?
Or buy a bigger car :-)
~ WHICH SITES DO YOU LINK TO?
Here is a fascinating site that seems to list all the links from
my own site. How do they do that? Are the links from your own
site listed here?
~ WHERE DO YOUR VISITORS COME FROM?
The more links you have going into and out from your site the
more visitors you will get. If your site has recently led
visitors to my site you will find a thank you and another link
back to your site at: http://reviewing.co.uk/links2reviewing.htm
You can find out where your visitors come from for free by using
the services of: http://www.hitbox.com
~ 7 ~ THREE NEW SOURCES OF INFORMATION
~ A NEW OUTDOOR EDUCATION DIRECTORY
Do you have any articles or web pages that should be included?
A new Outdoor Education Directory will be available online and in
print by October 1999. This directory is being co-published by th
e Association for Experiential Education and the ERIC
Clearinghouse for Rural Education and Small Schools (ERIC/CRESS).
ERIC/CRESS is a federally supported clearinghouse that makes
articles and documents about education accessible to all who are
interested. The listing is free.
For information contact Janet M. Mays email@example.com
or visit http://www.ael.org/eric/
~ A NEW INTERNATIONAL NEWSLETTER
INTERCOM is our way to communicate with everybody around the
world about what is going on with the global field of
Experiential Learning and Adventure Programming. The name
"InterCom" derives from the words INTERnational, COMmunity, and
COMmunication. We are using the term "InterCom" to describe this
electronic newsletter, actions, AND the resulting communication
among citizens of our International
Co-editors: Sandra Hernandes Simon Priest
~ ANOTHER NEW INTERNATIONAL NEWSLETTER
The first issue of this European Newsletter will be published on
the web at http://www.erlebnispaedagogik.de (in English!) before
the next issue of SiteFinder appears.
For more information write to:
~ 8 ~ ADVERTISING AN OPPORTUNITY IN CHINA
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This can be a permanent or flexible arrangement with two or three
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This is a great opportunity to work with a small exciting,
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~ 9 ~ READER SURVEY RESULTS
More of a small sample than a survey.
Thank you to those who responded and asked for future issues to
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