Melted chocolate straight from the Ziploc

Going Stoveless: Dinner in a Jar

I never thought I’d explore the many uses of a peanut butter jar until last summer on the Continental Divide Trail, when it became both my stove and my bowl. Repurposing the peanut butter jar was all part of an attempt to go lighter and simpler, and to secretly test my threshold for a daily […]

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UK National Park

Wild Walks in the United Kingdom’s National Parks

The United Kingdon’s Lake District National Park is 885 square miles with a width west to east of 33 miles, and from north to south 40 miles.  It’s small, compact and scenic as heck.  Add in easy access with good road and rail links and it’s also very popular, and very busy. For the backpacker […]

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Ultralight Mini-Uno

Acceptable Pack Weights

I’ve been lurking on various Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail web communities for the past few months, watching the annual ritual of this year’s hikers trying to plan ahead as much as they can for the unknown. The questions never end– which sleeping bag to bring, how to resupply, what shoes to wear, are […]

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Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassadors

Gossamer Gear Welcomes New Trail Ambassadors

Gossamer Gear welcomes another talented group of Trail Ambassadors to the Gossamer Gear family including Allison Nadler, Brian Horst, Cody Schrank, Jennifer Adach, Joshua Stacy, Julie Urbanski, Paul Magnanti, Sirena Dufault, and Tripp Clark. Located in the United States, “this new group of Trail Ambassadors includes triple crowners, thru-hikers, section hikers, peakbaggers, meetup organizers, scoutmasters, and outdoor educators […]

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12' canoe

Ultralight Canoe Camping

Many people have the image of a heavily loaded canoe, where a paddler/camper can bring everything. Others think of floating down streams, often exchanging long serene glides over flat water, with moments of terror as rocks, eddies and small flumes throw the canoe wildly off course. Still others think of paddling to a small island […]

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The Escalante Route in the Grand Canyon

This backpack has it all – a little bit of adventure, steep trails, and climbing mixed in with mellow, sweeping trails that allow you to look up from the trail and appreciate the canyon’s awesomeness. The Grand Canyon is like an accordion of rock layers until you reach its creator at its center, the Colorado […]

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