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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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Carl Rush

Ultralight But Comfortable: Carl Rush to Speak at ALDHA’s The Gathering

Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador Carl Rush will be giving a talk titled “Ultralight But Comfortable” at this year’s ALDHA  (Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association) Annual Gathering this year. Carl will also have some Gossamer Gear backpacks on hand for people who want to try out what an ultralight backpack feels like if you’ve never tried […]

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A Mountain Bothy

The Appeal of Mountain Bothies

Recently fellow Trail Ambassador David Hine joined me in the Cairngorm National Park for a few days hiking.   The park itself represents 6% of the landmass of Scotland.  Five of the UK’s highest summits are found within its boundaries and many more of the highest mountains in the UK dominate the skyline. We only walked over one […]

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Yogurt with huckleberries and paleo pumpkin spice granola that I made on the Trail

Backpacking with No-Cook Foods

I tried backpacking with no-cook foods rather than the usual cooked fare on a two week trip through Glacier National Park this summer. It’s not clear I saved much weight with no-cook foods, but with my gear so light, I had room for luxuries like musical instruments, so I figured I would try some no-cook […]

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Trail Magic for Anish’s PCT Speed Record

This summer, my friend Heather “Anish” Anderson completed the new un-supported speed record on the PCT.  While she was traveling through Oregon I was tracking her progress on Facebook and some local hiking forums and knew she would be in my area over a weekend in July.  I figured after walking 2000+ miles in under […]

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Descending an elk trail into the upper Lamar River.

The Yellowstone Experience

Why Yellowstone doesn’t see more backpackers, and enjoy the not necessarily direct increase in hype, eludes me. The usual dark service, I mean park service, bureaucracy surely has something to do with it. You can’t bring your dog, and you’ll need a permit. Mister Grizz is also likely at fault. I live and weekly visit […]

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