Archive | Trail Ambassadors


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 ( A-100 participants can chose to do 25, 50, 75, or all 100 miles of […]

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Vicky Mattson

Ultralight Backpacking Talk Sponsored by the Appalachian Ohio Sierra Club, May 2nd

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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Gossamer Gear Kumo on the Kokopelli

Words by Ryan Sylva A whirlwind of a summer finally concluded on August 20th along the CDT. I trekked across the Canadian border with Trail Ambassador Lint and a measly base weight of 8lbs, about 1.5lbs lighter than when I started way back in early May in New Mexico. I met Lint in Rawlins, WY, […]

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Our Olympic Sojourn

Gossamer Gear in action: Ultralight is great, hyperlight is cool and megalight is risky but each trip has different requirements. The Olympic National Park marmot survey is one such trip for my 17 year old daughter and myself where we we’re base camping for 5 days and day tripping off trail to survey sites. Now […]

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Make a Hooded Tyvek Rain Jacket and Chaps for Under $10

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, […]

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