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First DC UL Womens Only Trip

Women Rock DC UL

The hiking and backpacking meetup group I help co-organize – DC UL Backpacking —has been seeing steady growth, doubling in size over the past year. I could credit a number of factors that contributed to that growth: a full calendar last year thanks to our organizer, Michael Martin, working on a book (AMC’s Best Backpacking in the […]

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Announcing the New Gossamer Gear Event Calendar

Do you want to attend an ultralight backpacking gear demo? Need help planning a thru-hike? Are you looking for a hiking group to join or a cool backpacking trip to go on? If so, check out Gossamer Gear’s New Event Calendar which lists talks, trips, and gear demos held by Gossamer Gear’s staff and Trail Ambassadors […]

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

The Five Gallon 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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Beginner backpacking trip on Appalachian Trail in Georgia

Meet the Trail Dames

“They may not hike fast, but the Trail Dames sure know how to laugh and have fun on the trail.”  That’s how I first heard about this all-women hiking club from the outfitters at Mountain Crossings on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia.  In the past four years while hiking with and then leading trips for Trail […]

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Colgate Outdoor Education Backpacking Trip

Lightweight Backpacking and Colgate University’s Outdoor Education Program

For decades, leaders and participants in Colgate University’s Outdoor Education (OE) program have struggled under heavy packs. Fifty student leaders, under the guidance of three full-time staff members, brave the New England weather to lead backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, caving, winter camping, skiing, snowshoeing, fly fishing, indoor and outdoor rock climbing, ice climbing, mountain biking, backcountry […]

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Gossamer Gear on the Appalachian Trail

Women Only: Hiking the Appalachian Trail

If you’ve dreamed about hiking the Appalachian Trail and live in the Atlanta Area, Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador JJ Mathes will be teaching a class entitled Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Trip Planning for Women on November 10, at the Buford, Georgia REI Store, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Description: This class is designed to give […]

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It took Wired 134 days to hike from Mexico to Canada.

A Talk by Thru-Hiker Erin “Wired” Saver

Do you want to learn more about the Continental Divide Trail? If so, come see Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador Erin “Wired” Saver’s talk on November 7th, 2014 at the REI store in Portland, Oregon from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Description: The 3,100 mile Continental Divide Trail is considered one of the most rugged and remote […]

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