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First Timers Prepare for Buckskin Gulch

It started innocently enough.  My wife Francie and I were driving to her office Christmas party, and stopped to pick up Kristi, another nurse who works there. Since Kristi has a daughter who does backcountry guiding, Francie had sent her some photos from my last trip down Buckskin Gulch/Paria Canyon.  As we drove to the party, […]

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Vegan Backpacking In Town Food Guide

The real challenge for a vegan backpacker is being stuck in town and the only restaurant option is a local diner with burgers and iceberg lettuce salads. Most trail towns don’t have vegan restaurant options, but if the town as even a medium-sized grocery store, there will be plenty for you to eat. Here are […]

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Vegan Backpacking Food Ideas

Fritos, Nutter Butters, Oreos, Ritz Crackers, Kellogg’s Unfrosted Pop-Tarts, Cracker Jacks, Sour Patch Kids…the list goes on. Who would have thought these items were vegan? Not that every vegan wants to pack their cart full of bags of Fritos and sleeves or Oreos, but the fact that there are options like these means that there […]

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3 Tips for Your Own Backpacking Gear Shakedown

As an employee at Mountain Crossings, a huge part of my job is to tear through all the possessions of Appalachian Trail thru hikers and tell them what to give the boot. We call it a shake down. Sitting at mile 31.7 on the AT, the employees of the outfitter and hostel are well known […]

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What’s OFF Your Backpacking Gear List?

Whether I’m pumping trail miles, soaking it all in, or exploring the off-trails, my trips are always about gaining intimacy with the mountains and learning something new about myself and those that I am with.  I view my gear and my skills as necessary means to help me do that. Gear list: Necessary but insufficient […]

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How to Avoid Hiking on Private Land

America’s love affair with privately owned land goes back to Jefferson, who thought that widely distributed private landownership was the key to freedom. Since America’s founding, many people associate private land with individual liberty and a productive society. But as a hiker, sometimes private land is associated with obstacles, safety issues, and an impediment to […]

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Pacific Crest Trail Days 2015

Gossamer Gear enjoyed being at this year’s Annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kickoff (ADZPCTKO)! This year was unique because it was made of two sessions. Both sessions included great seminars and a chance to meet many thru and section hikers. This thru hiker’s old Gorilla had many miles left after washing with Dr Bronners […]

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Continental Divide Trail Gear List

My gear list is from the trials and errors on my previous long-distance hikes. When I am not hiking, my lifestyle reflects a minimalist philosophy and I incorporate this lifestyle on trail by utilizing ultralight gear. I do not require a great deal of luxury items and am happier with a more simplistic life on trail. For […]

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