Archive | Tips and Tricks

Tips and Tricks help you use your gear smarter and lighter. If you have a tip or a trick you would like to share with us, email it to us and we will post it to help all our tribe.

diy bear bag

DIY Bear Bag

Four years ago when fellow hiker Lee Fields and I were preparing to do a long distance hike on the AT, I ran across a blog that mentioned someone making a “chew-proof” food bag from the exploded airbag of a car. These airbags are made of a combination of materials (like Spectra) that are extremely […]

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trail journal

Tips For Keeping A Trail Journal

Keeping a trail journal is one of the time-honored traditions in the thru-hiking community.  It serves as a personal diary of your hike and is a great way to keep your friends and family up-to-date with your journey.  Several of the Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassadors have contributed their thoughts and tips on how to keep […]

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solo hiking

Is Solo Hiking For You?

While I do enjoy hiking with others, I find myself planning many adventures without ever contemplating who I’m going to hike with. Whether it be a challenging dayhike or a multi-day trip, solo hiking is an experience I crave.   Hike Your Own Hike- Without Restriction With a partner you need to be mindful of […]

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Foot care during a rest break in Yosemite.

Footcare Basics for the Pacific Crest Trail

Sore feet and blisters can be a major problem for both beginning hikers and experienced backpackers.  I had never seen so many gnarly blisters, blackened and falling off toenails, or other foot problems as when I was out hiking the Pacific Crest Trail this year.  Many of us who had never had blister problems previously […]

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Infographic: Self-Tensioning Shock Cords

DIY Self-Tensioning Guy Lines

One of the popular fabrics for making lightweight tarps and shelters is silicon-impregnate ripstop nylon—silnylon or ’sil’ for short. It is valued for its light weight, strength, and waterproofness (and relative low cost compared with other options). But like all nylon-based materials, it has a downfall: it stretches when it gets wet. And it’s not […]

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K-Keg Alcohol Stove

Ode to My Alcohol Stove

Through snow, rain, wind and in the dry of the desert-you are always there for me. You never fail to perform your duties and ensure that I am warm and fed before I go to bed. Your simple design and smooth aluminum lines are what keep you light and true. There may be other stoves […]

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If I chickened out, look what I would have missed!

Finding the Courage to Solo Backpack

Love backpacking but have a hard time finding companions? You are not alone, and ultimately if you find yourself dreaming of trails, mountains, streams, wildlife, the smell of pine trees, or nature’s music, you’ll be faced with the decision to either solo or deny your dreams. Finding companions with the same desires, schedules, hiking style, […]

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