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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Crushed by a Heavy Backpack

Evangelize the Light – Start the Conversation

In mid-November, I took my family to Shenandoah National Park, one of our favorite areas for hiking, leaf-peeping and general camping debauchery. My two sons are 4 and 6 years old. They view this time as a highlight of their lives. In as much as they enjoy marshmallow responsibilities over a crackling fire, I suspect […]

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Ken and Lee talking with the backpacking group on the bald at Cole Mountain.

The Five Gallon Challenge

As Scout Leaders for more than a decade, Lee Fields and I have made it our mission to encourage Scouts to participate in backpacking trips.  Over the years we have noticed a general reluctance from beginners (and their parents) to take the first “steps”, which unfortunately denies these young men the valuable lessons that the […]

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Outdoor Retailer, on the floor

Hightlights From The Outdoor Retailer Winter 2014 Trade Show: Loads of Interesting New Gear and Technologies for Lightweight Backcountry Travel

By Will Rietveld, Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador I have reported on the OR Show since 2006, so this is my 17th show. OR never disappoints; it’s big, high energy, and always yields lots of emerging new technologies and products of interest to lightweight and ultralight backpackers. This show is no different. Highlighted products will be […]

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Sandstone Amphitheatres

Backpacking only makes sense because there are lines drawn around it; places we cannot go. Most definitions exclude civilized, excessively roaded areas, so we backpackers are forced back into the woods, our preferred routes thus constrained. Less often discussed, but just as relevant, are the rugged places in the hearts of wilderness where backpackers are […]

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Beginner backpacking trip on Appalachian Trail in Georgia

Meet the Trail Dames

“They may not hike fast, but the Trail Dames sure know how to laugh and have fun on the trail.”  That’s how I first heard about this all-women hiking club from the outfitters at Mountain Crossings on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia.  In the past four years while hiking with and then leading trips for Trail […]

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nd so it begins...we had 5 days of food and 5 liters of water heading out from the start

G4s on the Continental Divide Trail

“Is that a homemade pack?” Quite possibly the most frequently asked question as my husband, Matt, and I traversed the 3,000 mile CDT this past summer was if we made our own packs. While neither of us could claim seamstress abilities, we were always ready with our answer, “Nope, these are Gossamer Gear G4s, and […]

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