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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 Continental Divide Trail 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 […]

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Skills and Techniques for the Arizona Trail

The Arizona Trail (AZT) winds through diverse environments including arid landscapes. Adapting to long stretches between water sources, coping with desert plants and temperature extremes requires unique skills and techniques.  Navigation is also more challenging than on more mature and well traveled trails such as the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and Appalachian Trail (AT). Mastering […]

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Leave No Trace: Lessons on the Appalachian Trail

“This isn’t a joke I’m afraid, Amy said.  It’s actually very serious.”  Caleb was lost in his own contemplations when he looked at Amy.  Caleb was short, thin and crooked with a wiry beard and sleepy eyes.  “What are you talking about?” he asked.  Amy huffed loudly swinging around to meet his lazy gaze.  Her […]

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How to Poop in the Woods while Hiking

Ever wondered how to poop in the woods while hiking? Everybody poops, and everybody who enjoys the backcountry has probably heard talk about how to poop in the woods. There are many good reasons why this is such a popular topic– pooping without a toilet is something most people in the developed world find uncomfortable […]

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Inflate A Sleeping Pad With A Trash Compactor Bag

  Lightweight backpacking is about making the most out of the gear you bring with you. Finding multiple uses for your gear is one of the most cost efficient and ingenious ways to save weight. With a little creativity you can find that you really don’t need to bring items that serve small jobs. Ditch […]

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Backpacking in France Gear List

This 3 season gear list setup is for small to longer hikes anywhere in France in moderate altitude mountains and backcountry. It works well for daytime temperatures ranging from 40 to 80 degrees. Overnight temperatures can be between 30 and 45 degrees. I’ve been using it comfortably for about three years in various conditions and […]

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