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Tips: Packing for Lightweight Winter Backpacking Trip

For 3-season backpacking, one of my primary goals is to go as light as possible, and I’ve gotten pretty good at putting together a pack with an 8-pound base weight. Living in New England, the 3-seasons in question tend to last for only six or seven months each year. While most people choose to either […]

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Live a Minimalist Life

“How do you wash your clothes?“ is one of the most frequent questions I get asked, closely followed by “Where do you shower?” People don’t ask for the birds I hear in the morning, for the smell of snow I notice floating through the air when stepping outside, for how the changing of the seasons […]

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Type 2 Summer Gear List

Trail Ambassador Dan Bortz’s gear list is designed for 2-4 day hot, summer backpacking trips in Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains and Pine Creek Gorge regions. Typical daytime temperatures range from 60-90 degrees, often with high humidity. Overnight temps rarely dip below 50. Afternoon thunderstorms are almost always possible, but are usually short-lived. The terrain is infamously […]

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Sub 4 Pound Baseweight for Backpacking

When I started backpacking I was on the smallish side (4’4”, 65 lbs), so I had to watch my pack weight. With some parental help and custom (because manufacturers were not making youth equipment), smaller-sized gear, I had a base pack weight of around 13 pounds. As I grew and added amenities (pad, stove, etc.) […]

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Joan’s Sierra Gear List

  This is my gear list for the Sierra section of my 2014 Pacific Crest Trail Hike.  The weather was usually in the 30’s at night, but sometimes dipped into the 20’s.  I entered the Sierra in late May, and encountered snow and hail.  Because I get cold easily, I use more insulation and I […]

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Winter 2015 Outdoor Retailer Trade Show

The Outdoor Retailer Trade Show happens twice a year in Salt Lake City, Utah. This winter show features new gear that will appear in retail stores in fall 2015, so expect a heavier proportion of warm clothing and winter equipment. We also like to cover emerging new technologies that will make their way into new […]

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Clever DIY Bear Bag

Four years ago when fellow hiker Lee Fields and I were preparing to do a long distance hike on the AT, I ran across a blog that mentioned someone making a “chew-proof” food bag from the exploded airbag of a car. These airbags are made of a combination of materials (like Spectra) that are extremely […]

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Hiking in Moab

On the weekend of January 16th, the tentatively named “GG Jamboree” took place. Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassadors from all over the country descended on the town of Moab, Utah for a weekend of hiking and camaraderie. Gatherings like this have happened in the past, but never before has such a large and diverse group been […]

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