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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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Jim Marco

Jim Marco’s Ultralight Backpacking Gear List

I spend most of my time in the Central Adirondacks and use this setup for trips ranging from a couple of days up to two weeks. My hiking season begins in late spring and finishes up early fall. Temperatures can range from 30 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit depending on where I end up in the […]

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Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador Dan Bortz

Dan Bortz’s Ultralight Backpacking Gear List

This gear list is designed for 2-3 day backpacking trips in the spring and fall in the forests of the Middle-Atlantic Region. Typical daytime temperatures range from 50-70 degrees.  Overnight temps can be anywhere between 30 and 45 degrees. The terrain is infamously rocky, but can also be muddy or swampy because the trails often […]

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A Trail Ambassador Wedding on the PCT

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.

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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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. Going into our hike there were a mind-boggling number of things to worry about. Would we have enough funds? (No.) How would five of […]

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A Mariposa in Winter

Jen Adach’s Winter Gear List

These items serve as my core gear list for weekend backpacking trips during the winter. Layering is key for me in the colder months: I tend to run hot while hiking and then cold at camp. Even for a weekend trip, I believe in bringing a back-up to essential layering pieces – I have a […]

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