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Anish Sets Appalachian Trail Self Supported (FKT) Record

Brand Ambassador Heather “Anish” Anderson sets a new self-supported speed record on the Appalachian Trail with her Gossamer Gear Gorilla backpack! She finished the 2,189.2 mile Appalachian Trail in 54 days, 7 hours, and 48 minutes. She hiked Southbound and averaged about 42 miles a day over the course of the trail. Hiking long days, often […]

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Heather Anish Anderson

Training for a Record Setting (FKT) Hike

When people prepare for a hike a lot of emphasis is placed on what goes inside your pack and how much it weighs. I find that carrying lightweight, minimal, and functional gear makes it much easier to hike high mileage days. But it isn’t a magic solution. Plenty of physical, mental, and emotional prep work […]

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Hiking is Mentally Challenging

You will get wet. You will get hungry. You will wonder why you are trudging uphill when everyone else is at brunch. You will trip, sometimes rather dramatically. You will pick yourself up. You will see things that few others will. You will stand on top of mountains, in the middle of deep valleys, in […]

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Hiking in Moab

On the weekend of January 16th, the tentatively named “GG Jamboree” took place. Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassadors from all over the country descended on the town of Moab, Utah for a weekend of hiking and camaraderie. Gatherings like this have happened in the past, but never before has such a large and diverse group been […]

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Pacific Crest Trail Wedding

Back in March I got an email from my good friend and fellow Trail Ambassador Dirt Monger telling me how he had met the most amazing woman. The cosmic collision of these two was so strong, he decided to alter his plans of hiking multiple long distant trails this year to hike the PCT with […]

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Trail Ambassadors as Trail Maintainers

Many Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassadors serve as trail maintainers. This patrol report from Rik Christensen demonstrates one aspect of trail maintenance in the Los Padres National Forest. Patrol reports are usually done by supervisory maintainers to direct the actions of trail crews during the season. I hiked with another Volunteer Wilderness Ranger to see if […]

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Foot care during a rest break in Yosemite.

Easy Foot Care for Hiking

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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Otter holding Robin Hood, Padawan, Tenacious Bling holding Cartwheel. Thru-hiker kids from the class of 2014.

Is the AT Thru-hiker Culture Family Friendly?

This past summer our family thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. We turned my husband’s lifelong personal dream into a family adventure and creative video project. It was an audacious undertaking, all around. All of this left a question. Is the Appalachian Trail (AT) culture family friendly? Going into our hike there were a mind-boggling number of […]

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