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Customer – Sierra Crest Route

Submitted by: Stephen Hoefler

I endeavored to completing the venerable Sierra Crest Route this summer. What follows, is a myriad of photos captured on that adventure which feature the stalwart Gossamer Gear Gorilla 2012 that accompanied me on my prodigious journey from Haiwee Pass (in the southern sierra, south of Olancha) to Horse Creek Pass (in the northern terminus of the high sierra west of Bridgeport) along the spine of California with over 60 peaks and most of the California 14ers to boot. As of this date, the mighty Gorilla has accompanied me to the top of 72 peaks and I anticipate we’ll make it to the top of several more!

I’m a fervent believer in Gossamer Gear products and would love the chance to win a new pack. I use a G4 for winter and deep shoulder season use in the mountains but rely on my Gorilla (originally a GG Miniposa) for all other backpacking. My miniposa was a delight and doubly so with the Gorilla. I’d love a chance to replace my torn and tired gorilla with a new one or perhaps prod forward in the sport of Super Ultralight Mountaineering with a Gossamer Gear Murmur/Kumo. However, as appealing as that sounds, Mountaineering and SUL are not mutually exclusive! Either way, I’d love a new pack! 

This is the GG Gorilla on Day one of the SCR at the Haiwee Pass Trailhead

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Here you see the GG Gorilla on it’s way to a well deserved re-supply in the town of Independence. Transportation courtesy of PCT Trail Angel Tom (thanks Tom!).
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This is the GG Gorilla on top of Mount Bolton Brown. It’s owner is doing something silly.

Mount Bolton Brown


Angsty, teen-esque mood shadow shot of GG Gorilla at about mid point along the SCR.

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The GG Gorilla tromping happily through Humphrey’s Basin.

Humphrey's Basin

*We have a free pack contest happening over on our Facebook page. We get a vicarious thrill from seeing our gear out there and we do use some of your posts for our Customer of the Week feature in our newsletter (like this one). So, post under the Facebook picture or email, your pictures and stories and be entered in to a drawing for one free GG backpack of your choice. The drawing will take place sometime early next week.

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