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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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Scouts at Philmont

Lightweight Backpacking and Scouting in North Carolina

Trail Ambassador Joe Jacaruso will be giving a series of talks on how to prepare for Philmont, backpacking skills and lightweight backpacking this Septmber and October at several Scouting events in North Carolina. A veteran Appalachian Trail thru-hiker as well as a Scoutmaster, Joe gives frequent talks and gear demonstrations to scouting troops  throughout the […]

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Get Fit for Hiking with Bodyweight Exercises

I’m sure that most of you out there are in much better shape than I am, but there are probably also a few of you who may need a little help getting in shape for your next hike. The best way to get in shape for hiking is very simple: Go hike! But. if you […]

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Campsite Selection

Trail Ambassador Teaches BSA Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador and Scoutmaster Derek Hansen (author of The Ultimate Hang) will be teaching an Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America, Grand Canyon Council on September 13-14, 2013, in Flagstaff Arizona. Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is the required outdoor training for all Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, […]

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