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The G4 and I make it to Canada

The G4 and I: A Love Story on the Pacific Crest Trail

Last summer I spent 4 months thru-hiking the glorious Pacific Crest Trail for the first time. The incredible adventure of walking the entire length of the west coast was a challenge that I wanted to tackle by myself. I spent months in preparation testing backpacks for the right size, weight and versatility for the ultra […]

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nd so it begins...we had 5 days of food and 5 liters of water heading out from the start

G4s on the Continental Divide Trail

“Is that a homemade pack?” Quite possibly the most frequently asked question as my husband, Matt, and I traversed the 3,000 mile CDT this past summer was if we made our own packs. While neither of us could claim seamstress abilities, we were always ready with our answer, “Nope, these are Gossamer Gear G4s, and […]

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Mariposa Backpack

My Mariposa Backpack’s First Trip

I recently switched to using the Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack – a lightweight pack that still has lots of volume for people like me who are new to UL backpacking and in the beginning stages of building a UL gear list. I also love the comfortable shoulder straps and hip belt. I had several reasons […]

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Two Mariposas on Sweden’s Kungsleden

Think of long distance trails, and the Kungsleden isn’t one that readily leaps to mind. Yet when the idea for thru-hiking the 440 kilometer (270 mile) trail came up, several members of the DC UL Backpacking Meetup  leapt at the opportunity to head to northern Sweden. It was a success. All ten – a mix […]

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Christine and Co. Carry on AT Section Hiking Tradition

Over five years ago my brother and husband did a one-week section hike of the Appalachain trail in Virginia. It had always been a passion for each of them to hike the entire trail but time, work and other obligations would always deter that plan. So, instead they agreed to section hike it each year […]

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Timmy Basks in the Fresh Air

What I love about getting outdoors is putting everything I need for multiple days on my back and exploring the far reaches of wilderness where nobody else goes. It overjoys me and it somehow prompts me to do things like in the photo below. -Timmy Dee

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