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A Trail Ambassador Wedding on the PCT

Back in March I got an email from my good friend and fellow Trail Ambassador Dirt Monger telling me how he had met the most amazing woman. The cosmic collision of these two was so strong, he decided to alter his plans of hiking multiple long distant trails this year to hike the PCT with […]

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A Scoutmaster’s Pack Makeover

When I started backpacking with my son and his Boy Scout troop, I packed a lot of “just in case” items. I knew that his pack was in pretty good shape, but I was worried about other Scouts being adequately prepared. I took an extra jacket, some energy bars, a spare groundcloth, a big flashlight, […]

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Trail Ambassadors as Trail Maintainers

Many Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassadors serve as trail maintainers. This patrol report from Rik Christensen demonstrates one aspect of trail maintenance in the Los Padres National Forest. Patrol reports are usually done by supervisory maintainers to direct the actions of trail crews during the season. I hiked with another Volunteer Wilderness Ranger to see if […]

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Joe Jacaruso’s Appalachian Trail Gear List

This is my gear list for backpacking in the South East United States during the hot months of May into September. The weather is hot and humid with rain a frequent all day occurrence. This makes staying dry a real challenge. Temperatures can vary with highs over 100 and lows at night into the upper […]

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Foot care during a rest break in Yosemite.

Footcare Basics for the Pacific Crest Trail

Sore feet and blisters can be a major problem for both beginning hikers and experienced backpackers.  I had never seen so many gnarly blisters, blackened and falling off toenails, or other foot problems as when I was out hiking the Pacific Crest Trail this year.  Many of us who had never had blister problems previously […]

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Backpacking Buckskin Gulch and Paria Canyon

We had about 90 seconds notice before the heavens opened up. We were nestled in the brush near the Wire Pass trailhead, ready to enter canyon the following morning. The half-hour downpour and ferocious winds were testing us before we even began our hike. Alejandro and I had driven from San Diego that day, picked […]

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Otter holding Robin Hood, Padawan, Tenacious Bling holding Cartwheel. Thru-hiker kids from the class of 2014.

Is the AT Thru-hiker Culture Family Friendly?

This past summer our family thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. We turned my husband’s lifelong personal dream into a family adventure and creative video project. It was an audacious undertaking, all around. Going into our hike there were a mind-boggling number of things to worry about. Would we have enough funds? (No.) How would five of […]

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A Mariposa in Winter

Jen Adach’s Winter Gear List

These items serve as my core gear list for weekend backpacking trips during the winter. Layering is key for me in the colder months: I tend to run hot while hiking and then cold at camp. Even for a weekend trip, I believe in bringing a back-up to essential layering pieces – I have a […]

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