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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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