By Will Rietveld, Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador A high-end air permeable Gore-Tex or eVent waterproof-breathable jacket costs $350 or more; it’s not ultralight, and it requires maintenance. The lightest one is the Montane Spektr at 8 ounces. A polyurethane laminate rain jacket costs $150-$200 and is lightweight (down to about 6 ounces), and its durable, […]
As part of a VWR trail survey, Rik and Paul hiked the 7 mile Sweetwater Trail from the Sierra Madre Road to SouthFork Cabin. With no water resources and shade, and hot weather, they planned their hiking times in the early morning. The trail was in great condition and passable, helped by cows in search […]
Disco and POD are one of the ‘hikingest’ couples out there. They are one of the few triple crowner couples we know about. So when they go on a trip, you know it has to be scenic. Check out this gallery on their latest hikes to the Ragged Wilderness area in Colorado. It is a […]
Trail Ambassador Steve Burgess recently made a great video about the benefits of using trek poles on hiking trips. The video is very informative and it is something to definitely check out, whether you are an advanced or a novice hiker. Check out the video below and enjoy!
We at Gossamer always love to toot our Trail Ambassador’s horns, and T.A. Diane Soini has written a great book about hiking in Santa Barbara, California. The book contains 23 of Santa Barbara’s favorite hikes. Here is a brief description of the book- “these hikes will lead you to creeks, waterfalls, hot springs, sandstone rock […]
If you are in the Boston area, Philip Werner is giving a talk entitled Intro to Lightweight & Ultralight Backpacking. It will be at the Appalacian Mountain Club headquarters in downtown Boston. Grant will be there so drop by and say hi! You can find out more about it here.
Recently Trail Ambassador Paul Beeman hiked the Nira to Nira loop via the Fall Canyon Trail in a clockwise direction. Here a little recap in his own words- “We hiked to SouthFork and on up to Mission Pine Basin via the Fall Canyon Trail. With only a day to hike out, we made the 20 […]