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Yosemite National Park

Backpacking in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park – What a place! I planned this trip with 3 other friends of mine about 2 years ago. They all live back east and they have never been to Yosemite NP. I figured it would take a lot of planning so that’s why we decided to make this trip 2 years out. […]

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Winter Cabin

An Introduction to Family Backpacking: Winter “Cabin-ing”

Our family’s very first backpacking trip was a winter one. The destination? A cabin in Maine’s coastal Camden Hills State Park. It was an easy hike-in on packed snow. Our winter boots sufficed, we didn’t need skis or snowshoes as we followed the wide multi-purpose path, which in summer is actually a park road. It […]

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Hayduke Trail

The Hayduke Trail – A Southwest Adventure

March 31st, 2013 was my last day of work and my new job would not begin until May 1st, which left me plenty of time to hit the trail! My friends “Skittles” and “Buck-30” were thru-hiking the 800-mile Hayduke Trail (HDT) and agreed to let me tag along with them for a week or two. […]

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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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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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Vagabond Blues

On the Vagabond Loop this summer I pretty much went where ever I wanted: closed National Forests, private land, camped where I plopped down, and trundled permit-free in the National Park System. Other than a run-in with a ranger at the Wave, I went along stealthy enough to elude ‘capture’ and detection. Yes, I was […]

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