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Alakai Swam Trail boardwalk

Minimalist Travel and Hiking in Kauai

  I was given a wonderful gift of a trip to Kauai from my boyfriend. Our plan was to stay in each region of Kauai and do as many day hikes as we could interspersed with snorkeling and swimming at the beach. We would cap off the adventure by backpacking on the Na Pali Coast […]

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solo hiking

Is Solo Hiking For You?

While I do enjoy hiking with others, I find myself planning many adventures without ever contemplating who I’m going to hike with. Whether it be a challenging dayhike or a multi-day trip, solo hiking is an experience I crave.   Hike Your Own Hike- Without Restriction With a partner you need to be mindful of […]

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Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador Dan Bortz

Dan Bortz’s Ultralight Backpacking Gear List

This gear list is designed for 2-3 day backpacking trips in the spring and fall in the forests of the Middle-Atlantic Region. Typical daytime temperatures range from 50-70 degrees.  Overnight temps can be anywhere between 30 and 45 degrees. The terrain is infamously rocky, but can also be muddy or swampy because the trails often […]

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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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