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Modern Families Outdoors with Kids

Our youth live in a world of digital distraction. When they are not busy completing increasing amounts of homework and being shuttled to and fro from various extracurricular activities, they are watching television, texting friends, gaming, or updating their social media accounts. Gone are the days when kids went outside after school and didn’t come […]

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The G4 and I make it to Canada

The G4 backpack and I: A Love Story

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

G4 Pack 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 Pack’s First Trip

I recently switched to using the Mariposa Lightweight Pack – 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.  Initially it was a challenge […]

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Trekking in 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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Harriett Lane Climbs Trees

“Just wanted to say “thanks.” ♥ LOVE my Mariposa Ultralight Backpack. Just got back from a 6 day in the Smokies testing my gear for the JMT this summer. Had my bear canister in the pack and it distributed the load perfectly. Who knew I could still be climbing trees… and with my pack on!” […]

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Family – AT Section Hiking

Over five years ago my brother and husband did a one-week section hike of the Appalachian 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 with […]

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Basking 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 We would love to publish your ultralight gear story […]

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