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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.

Ultralight Mini-Uno

Acceptable Pack Weights

I’ve been lurking on various Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail web communities for the past few months, watching the annual ritual of this year’s hikers trying to plan ahead as much as they can for the unknown. The questions never end– which sleeping bag to bring, how to resupply, what shoes to wear, are […]

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View from Whitney

Hiking the John Muir Trail

You know you’ve married the right girl when she says, “go for it, this’ll probably be your only chance to hike it before you retire!”, especially when you add the fact that she was committing to watching our four kids by herself for the two-to-three weeks that I would be hiking our dream hike. It […]

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Big Horn Sheep that I stumbled upon when on a cross country desert trek. I've never been that close to these reclusive animals before.

Off Trail Hiking with Gossamer Gear’s Trail Ambassadors

Many of Gossamer Gear’s Trail Ambassadors like hiking off trail. It’s actually quite easy to get hooked once you try it. I decided to ask a few of them why they like hiking off trail or bushwhacking, as it’s called back east. Here’s what they had to say. Will Rietveld My backyard is the Weminuche […]

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Yogurt with huckleberries and paleo pumpkin spice granola that I made on the Trail

Backpacking with No-Cook Foods

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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Doug Prosser Answers a Question on Footware and Wet Environments

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, […]

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Col Jon Potter

Quick Solution to Keeping Track of Water Consumption

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 2L […]

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