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The CDT runs 3,100mi along the spine of N America from Mexico to Canada.

Reflections On Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

The Continental Divide trail is an intimidating trail. Still shrouded in a veil of mystery, relatively few have completed the 3,100 mile, high elevation trek that runs the spine of North America. Said to be 70% completed, it is touted as one of the most rugged and remote trails out there. Stories of extreme remote […]

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Baldy Mountain Single scout w flag

Lightweight Backpacking at Philmont Scout Ranch

I was lucky enough to go on another Philmont trek this summer with 8 Boy Scouts and two other adults. This was very memorable in that out Scoutmaster Lance Kistler (65y/o) was able to go on a trek with his son, John, and grandson, Hayden. Once Hayden called Lance, “Grandpa”, you know what Lance’s nick […]

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David Hine in his element

Packrafting in Scotland

In late June, I visited the far north west of Scotland, with fellow Trail Ambassador David Hine to dip my toe in the steely waters of Inverpolly for my first packrafting trip. We were led by Rob from http://www.backcountrybiking.co.uk/, currently the UK’s only packrafting and bikerafting course and expedition leaders. I had a blast, and […]

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Fly Fishing on the Northville Placid Trail

The Northville-Placid Trail (NPT) is a good trail with some excellent fishing water. During my previous trips along the trail, I would sometimes watch the streams & lakes and dream of catching the fish as they jumped small falls or quietly tookflies in the pools. On my third trip along the NPT, the decision to […]

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Trail Ambassadors in Olympic National Park

Trail Ambassador Group Hike in Olympic National Park

On a murky September day, eight Gossamer Gear enthusiasts met at a pig farm in western Washington to plan a route for a week of ultralight backpacking in Olympic National Park (ONP). Back in May, Trail Ambassadors Barefoot Jake and Chad “Stick” Poindexter had sent an open invitation Gossamer Gear’s international roster of Trail Ambassadors […]

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