I tried backpacking with no-cook foods rather than the usual cooked fare on a two week trip through Glacier National Park this summer. It’s not clear I saved much weight with no-cook foods, but with my gear so light, I had room for luxuries like musical instruments, so I figured I would try some no-cook […]
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Prosser was recently emailed about uncertainty in relation to varying opinions on the subject of heavy, water-proof, footwear vs. lighter quick-drying footwear. Hello Mr. Prosser, Your 4/19/2006 article in “Backpacking Light” on backpacking gear for Philmont is wonderfully detailed, and I’m sure has been and will continue to be a great benefit to Philmont campers, […]
Col. John Potter provides us with some great advice: Some of my hiking buddies were unhappy with their ability to track water consumption from their single, large hydration bladders. So we investigated the eco-friendlier (reduced plastic) half-liter disposable water bottles as possible alternatives. The idea is to use four of these instead of one […]
Here is a tip sent in from one of our customers, John Potter. It is the deluxe version “Here’s the “Deluxe” ($16) version of Will Rietveld’s Hooded Tyvek Rain Jacket. I replaced the non-separating coverall zipper with a 30″ separating zipper and storm flap, and added inside pockets for storing gloves, etc. The donor Tyvek […]
If you want to make your own G4, there is a Yahoo Group specifically designed to help you do that. You can find them at this link. Join in on the conversation and go old school on the cheap. Although we no longer have patterns or instructions available to do this, you can find them […]
By Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl, Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassadors A common hiking affliction is Plantar fasciitis, heel pain that can be difficult to remedy. For some people, it takes months of therapy to get rid of Plantar fasciitis, and one can miss out on a lot of hiking in the meantime. My wife, who […]
By Will Rietveld, Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador A high-end air permeable Gore-Tex or eVent waterproof-breathable jacket costs $350 or more; it’s not ultralight, and it requires maintenance. The lightest one is the Montane Spektr at 8 ounces. A polyurethane laminate rain jacket costs $150-$200 and is lightweight (down to about 6 ounces), and its durable, […]