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Kauai – A Hiker’s Paradise

When P.O.D. (Princess of Darkness) and I traveled to Maui over Christmas for our honeymoon, visions of cocktails on a tropical beach soon led to an overnight backpacking trip in Haleakala National Park. We did get our beach time in but were amazed at the hiking opportunities Hawaii had to offer. Hawaii had cast its […]

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Backpacking Across Scotland in the TGO Challenge

The international popularity of the annual TGO Challenge continues to grow each year with more ultralight and lightweight backpackers participating in the annual coast-to-coast hike across Scotland. This year, Trail Ambassador Martin Rye and I participated, hiking 220 miles in 12 days from the west coast of Scotland to the east coast, across three mounatin […]

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Hiking Along Boot Spur, Mt Washington

Discovering the Cohos Trail – A Section Hiking Adventure

A few years ago, a friend told me about a new long distance trailrunning 162 miles through New Hampshire’s northern-most county, Coos, from Crawford Notch State Park in the south to Pittsburg, NH at the border w/Quebec, Canada. It’s called the Cohos Trail and prides itself on its remote, wilderness experience, without the easy comfort […]

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The Missouri River in Missouri River Breaks National Monument, Montana

Packrafting for the Ultralight Backpacker

Packrafting has become a fad. It’s not an especially robust one, being like backpacking fundamentally unglamorous, but it is out there. Like all fads, market penetration has been high. You, as an experienced ultralight backpacker, have no doubt seen the videos and read the blog entries. History of Packrafting Modern packrafting was born in Alaska, […]

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Family Backpacking with Ultralight Gear

Family Backpacking with Ultralight Gear

If you ask hikers why they got into lightweight or ultra-lightweight backpacking, you’ll get many answers. My reason was my kids. The high-tech of ultra-light gear and the mess and muss of kids may seem contradictory, but with each new addition to my family I’ve become a stronger proponent of the ultra-light mindset. Now, this […]

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Hiking the Haute Route Pyrenees

The Haute Route Pyrenees (HRP) is a high level route that follows the precipitous waistline between France and Spain in Europe. Originally devised by a french teacher called George Veron, it uses parts of existing Grand Randonee routes 10 and 11, shepherd tracks and off trail sections to stay high on the border ridge. It’s […]

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The Genesis of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Open

The idea for the Bob Marshall Wilderness Open started in two places, over three decades apart. The first was in May of 2010, at the Ninemile Trailhead in Yellowstone National Park. I stood there dazed by the sight of pavement and the hum of cars, which seemed like a different world than the wet and […]

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Rob (QiWz) Kelly

UL Backpacking for the Allegheny 100 Endurance Event

Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador Rob Kelly (aka QiWiz) will  be making a presentation on UL Backpacking for the North Country Trail Association Allegheny Chapter, with specific gear and preparation suggestions for those who are registered for the Allegheny 100 endurance event in June (http://www.northcountrytrail.org/anf/A-100/). A-100 participants can chose to do 25, 50, 75, or all 100 miles of […]

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