Glen Van Peski – Founder and Chairman
Dubbed “The Guru of Lightness” by one writer, Glen has developed a loyal following for his innovative designs, and his commitment to showing people the “way of enlightenment” for their pack weights without unduly lightening their bank accounts. Known for his humorous, information-packed presentations, Glen is a sought-after speaker on ultralight backpacking equipment and techniques. He has been interviewed by numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Great Outdoors and Footprints magazine.
Glen is a native Californian who grew up in the western outdoors. Through his youthful involvement in Boy Scouts, he developed a love for being in the backcountry that continues to this day. Bringing to bear his degrees in Engineering and Business Management, Glen soon started sewing his own backpacks and other gear. His personal efforts gradually developed into GVP Gear, generally acknowledged as one of the first cottage manufacturers of ultralight backpacking equipment. GVP Gear became Gossamer Gear in 2004 and in 2005 Glen handed over the day-to-day operations to Grant. Glen now is involved heavily in the development of new products and the overall direction of the company.
Glen is a past Board member of the Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA), and is the Ultralight Backpacking Program Director for Wilderness Outings, Southern California’s educationally oriented outdoor skills program. He lives in Carlsbad, California with his wife of 28 years, Francie, and has three grown sons Brian, Derek and Grant. He has hiked the majority of the California and Oregon sections of the Pacific Crest Trail, and continues to knock off chunks as time allows. Glen has also wandered the backcountry in other parts of the Western United States, and on the Appalachian Trail.
Grant Sible – President
Grant Sible has been an avid outdoorsman since growing up in Iowa and Minnesota. He has lived and trekked all over the world before settling in Austin, Texas. Though growing up ‘in town’, he spent all his spare time in the woods, and his passion for outdoor places continues to this day. He has lived in Mammoth, San Francisco, Quito, North Carolina, and Florida, but has called Austin home since 1992.
Grant has packed a lot into his 44 years to date. He has hiked in Patagonia, the Alps, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, the upper Amazon cloud forest and the Amazon basin forest. He thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2002, and has hiked extensively in the White Mountains and the western Sierra. In between his terra firma adventures, Grant has been scuba diving in New Guinea, Indonesia, Galapagos (3 times). He has summitted diverse Ecuadorian peaks, including Cotopaxi at 19,400 feet. He has canoed the Boundary Waters in Minnesota, and on the Amazon River and tributaries. He has fished for piranha (which he said were quite tasty) and wrestled crocodiles (he let them go afterwards).
Grant joined Gossamer Gear as President in 2005, when founder Glen Van Peski brought in an equity partner so he could take a less active role. Grant brings a passion for the outdoors and diverse business skills to bear on the challenge of taking Gossamer Gear to the next level.