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These articles were submitted by our current or former Brand Ambassadors. We hope they educate and inspire you to be outdoors lightweight.

The Missouri River in Missouri River Breaks National Monument, Montana

Packrafting for Ultralight Backpacking

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 Lightweight 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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The Haute Route Pyrenees High Route Video

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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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 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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Vicky Mattson

Ultralight Backpacking Talk – Appalachian Club

How Much Does Your Backpack Weigh? presented by The Appalachian Ohio Sierra Club Athens Community Center 701 E. State St. Athens, OH 45701 Thursday May 2, 2013 Vicky Mattson, experienced thru hiker, Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador and local Sierra Club trip leader will do an interactive program on thru hiking strategies and Ultralight backpacking. Participants should bring […]

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First Steps with a Mariposa Backpack

In May, I embark on another coast-to-coast walk on The Great Outdoor Challenge event. Fellow Trail Ambassador Philip Werner and Gossamer Gear’s Grant Sible are accompanying me on this walk. 215 miles of mountains, high moorland and wild land to cross in two weeks. Travelling light on an event like this has to be a […]

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