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Highlights From The Outdoor Retailer Winter 2014

By Will Rietveld, Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador I have reported on the OR Show since 2006, so this is my 17th show. OR never disappoints; it’s big, high energy, and always yields lots of emerging new technologies and products of interest to lightweight and ultralight backpackers. This show is no different. Highlighted products will be […]

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Sandstone Amphitheatres

Backpacking only makes sense because there are lines drawn around it; places we cannot go. Most definitions exclude civilized, excessively roaded areas, so we backpackers are forced back into the woods, our preferred routes thus constrained. Less often discussed, but just as relevant, are the rugged places in the hearts of wilderness where backpackers are […]

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Beginner backpacking trip on Appalachian Trail in Georgia

Meet the Trail Dames

“They may not hike fast, but the Trail Dames sure know how to laugh and have fun on the trail.”  That’s how I first heard about this all-women hiking club from the outfitters at Mountain Crossings on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia.  In the past four years while hiking with and then leading trips for Trail […]

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Lint Bunting on the PCT

Lint Writes

There are so many adventures to have on this planet. So many unique areas to explore, and multitudes of trails criss-crossing the landscape. Since humans only have one life to live, it seems natural to seek out new and foreign trips, and this year I was asked by many hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail […]

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Packrafting in Scotland

Boating with Butterflies

A few weeks ago, two out of the three UK based GG trail ambassadors disappeared into the wilds of Torridon, North West Scotland for 5 very wet and windy days. We went equipped with 2 packrafts, 2 Mariposa backpacks, a bottle of whisky, 10kg of coal and more cheese than was good for us.  Well, the coal was […]

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Colgate Outdoor Education Backpacking Trip

Lightweight Backpacking and Colgate University’s Outdoor Education Program

For decades, leaders and participants in Colgate University’s Outdoor Education (OE) program have struggled under heavy packs. Fifty student leaders, under the guidance of three full-time staff members, brave the New England weather to lead backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, caving, winter camping, skiing, snowshoeing, fly fishing, indoor and outdoor rock climbing, ice climbing, mountain biking, backcountry […]

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Camden Hills State Park

Relationships Forged in the Mountains

The second weekend in October marked our first-ever three-generation backpacking trip. It was a short overnighter in Nova Scotia’s Bluff Wilderness area, a small network of trails just south of Halifax. The trip was a mini-shakedown for testing some new gear for our upcoming Appalachian Trail thru-hike. It also served the purpose of highlighting to Renee’s […]

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Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassadors Whitney LaRuffa, Ryan Silva, and Liz Thomas

Hiker Trash Nation: ALDHA-West Gathering 2013

On the last weekend in September this year, hiker trash from around the country gathered in Nevada City, CA for the 20th annual ALDHA-West Gathering. The weekend was like a family reunion except this is one you actually look forward to going to. Sure there might still be that one guy who reminds you of […]

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