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Pacific Crest Trail Days 2015

Gossamer Gear enjoyed being at this year’s Annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kickoff (ADZPCTKO)! This year was unique because it was made of two sessions. Both sessions included great seminars and a chance to meet many thru and section hikers. This thru hiker’s old Gorilla had many miles left after washing with Dr Bronners […]

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A Thru Hikers Love for a Kumo Pack

I remember the first time I met Dirtmonger last summer, 2014.  I was roughly half way through my hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, in Northern California.  He was sporting a Kumo Superlight, and it looked as if it were just a day pack on him.  I was with my good friend, Not-a-Chance, and she […]

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Highlights: Winter 2015 Outdoor Retailer Trade Show

The Outdoor Retailer Trade Show happens twice a year in Salt Lake City, Utah. This winter show features new gear that will appear in retail stores in fall 2015, so expect a heavier proportion of warm clothing and winter equipment. We also like to cover emerging new technologies that will make their way into new […]

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Scout leader,  Walter Underwood, goes lightweight with a Gossamer Gear pack

Shaving a Scoutmaster’s Pack Weight

When I started backpacking with my son and his Boy Scout troop, I packed a lot of “just in case” items. I knew that his pack was in pretty good shape, but I was worried about other Scouts being adequately prepared. I took an extra jacket, some energy bars, a spare groundcloth, a big flashlight, […]

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Caption: Side view with SmartWater bottle. Ambassador Trinity Ludwig near Caribou Lake, Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, CO. Photo credit: Jake Wells.

Blown Away by the New Murmur Hyperlight Pack

Over lunch with Glen Van Peski, he noticed my odd iPhone case with a half-inch long screw nut (7g or .25oz) glued onto the back. I explained it was for the Stick Pic camera mount, which he introduced to me on a backpack earlier that year. As he carefully inspected it he said, “That’s clever,” […]

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Ken and Lee talking with the backpacking group on the bald at Cole Mountain.

The Five Gallon Pack Challenge

As Scout Leaders for more than a decade, Lee Fields and I have made it our mission to encourage Scouts to participate in backpacking trips.  Over the years we have noticed a general reluctance from beginners (and their parents) to take the first “steps”, which unfortunately denies these young men the valuable lessons that the […]

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Baldy Mountain Single scout w flag

Lightweight Pack Weight at Philmont Scout Ranch

I was lucky enough to go on another Philmont trek this summer with 8 Boy Scouts and two other adults. This was very memorable in that out Scoutmaster Lance Kistler (65y/o) was able to go on a trek with his son, John, and grandson, Hayden. Once Hayden called Lance, “Grandpa”, you know what Lance’s nick […]

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