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Summer 2016 Outdoor Retailer Trade Show: Overview and Index

By Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl, Gossamer Gear Brand Ambassadors Overview and Index (this article) Technology and Trends Lightweight Gear Ultralight Gear Footwear Food Welcome to our coverage of the Summer 2016 Outdoor Retailer Trade Show. Our focus is new gear and technologies of interest to lightweight and ultralight backpackers. We have covered the Outdoor […]

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At One with the Weminuche

It had been a few years since I had visited Durango for a trip with GG Ambassador Will Rietveld to romp in his backyard, the Weminuche Wilderness. The two previous trips were definitely on the ‘short list’ of best backpacking trips, and I get out a fair amount. For this trip, Will’s friend Tom was […]

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2016 Leaders in Conservation Awards Gala

This month, I set down my pack and trail runners and donned business wear for the 7th Annual Leaders in Conservation Awards Gala in Washington, DC. Emceed by former Appalachian Trail overall speed record holder (and current women’s supported speed record holder) Jennifer Pharr Davis, the event highlighted those in the business and non-profit community […]

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Stoveless Cooking: The Crotch Pot

This third option between stoves and no-cook is the brainchild of Gossamer Gear founder Glen Van Peski. Infrared images of the human body confirm what is basically common knowledge; one of the hottest parts of the human body is the crotch area. Your body naturally generates significant heat while hiking; why not harness this heat […]

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Cuben Fiber is now Dyneema Composite Fabrics

By Will Rietveld Fabric Origins The original name Cuben Fiber doesn’t do much to describe what the product is; a reporter coined the name back in 1992 when sails made of this fabric helped win the America’s Cup. The name stuck and use of the extraordinarily lightweight and strong fabric expanded into other industries. However, […]

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Creating New Year’s Resolution Hiking Goals

Creating goals for a brand new year can be invigorating. It’s a great way to create a blank slate and have something new to work toward. The problem is, most of us make resolutions we fail to keep – even before winter ends. Instead of vowing to go to the gym everyday, cutting out sugar […]

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Lightweight Essential Day Hiking Gear

You may have heard of The Ten Essentials for hiking, but aren’t sure exactly what this essential list entails. Learn what makes up this list and why each item is needed for a successful day hike. One of the most confusing parts of the ten essentials is that it’s not made of ten items, but […]

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Wilderness Backpacking Trip Defined

If you enjoy hiking, you may find yourself wanting to extend your experience in the great outdoors and go backpacking. A backpacking trip involves carrying all of your gear on your back to stay outside for a night or longer. Backpacking may involve camping inside a tent or inside a wooden shelter or hut along […]

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