In a nutshell, we treat your information like we would want our own information to be treated. We won't sell your name or email address to spammers or advertisers. We'll do our best to protect your private information (not that we collect much—it's not needed for this website), but admittedly, hackers are a creative lot and we cannot make any guarantees against unauthorized access by such evil-doers.
Our webservers collect information about your computer configuration when you visit our site including (but not limited to) browser type, operating system, the website that referred you and your IP address. We might use a feature called "cookies" to track your movement throughout our website, but all this is standard stuff that applies to pretty much every website on the face on the planet.
If you use that Contact Us button at the bottom of every page, we'll ask for your email address so we can reply to your message (if needed). While most of the time it will be a private conversation, if there's important information that others might be interested in, we may share it publicly. You'll keep any and all copyrights to material you submit, and if you ask us to remove any of your copyrighted material, we'll be happy to respect that request. (Keep in mind, however, that the webmaster here is a serial long-distance hiker and is often out of town for weeks or months at a time—and checking this email account is not a high priority. Responses can be slow!)