Water is Heavy, So Why Carry More Than You Need?

This advice is primarily for hikers on established trails with good knowledge of their water sources.  Please read comments below for a number of other perspectives. Fears tend to drive what we carry.  The three hardest fears I have dealt with are getting cold, hungry and thirsty. I want to talk today about water management.  […]

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Can you say Gorilla in Japanese?

While Glen was in Japan he was able to find out how some of our packs are being used.  One interesting customer segments he found was “Girl Hikers”.   Since hiking girls are becoming a trend in Japan, the boys are following suit.  Imagine that!   Below are some shots from Randonee Magazine and a Gorilla featured […]

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Rocks Can Make for a Good Night’s Sleep

When setting up a shelter, I pick a location where there are rocks. Rocks can be used to add support to lightweight stakes.  Push the stake until it is all the way into the ground and then put a rock on top of the stake. The next time someone trips over a tent line or […]

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Come Tour the Gossamer Gear “Factory”

Philip Werner from SectionHiker.com recently posted an online tour of our company.  It highlights the cottage nature of our business and reflects the roots of where we come from.  Gossamer Gear started in Glen Van Peski’s garage back in 1998 as GVP Gear (see our timeline).  Over time the business outgrew its ability to produce […]

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SpinnTwinn and LT4s Go to Norway

Joe Newton is one of the founding members of Nordic Lightpacking and our Trail Ambassador from Bergen, Norway.  This summer he took his SpinnTwinn and his Lightrek 4s along with the rest of his ultralightweight gear on a trip.  He went to the stunning Hardangervidda National Park, a high mountain plateau environment with incredible scenery.  […]

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Glen goes to Japan

So, the story starts awhile back, at an Outdoor Retailer show. Takashi Fukuchi, who represents Evernew in the U.S., asked Glen about coming to Japan to share a talk on ultralight techniques and philosophy. There were many planning sessions with Takashi and  Tsuchiya Tomo, owner of Hiker’s Depot in Japan. Evernew agreed to sponsor the […]

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Victor Hoyt Picks Mariposa™ Plus for SectionHiker.com Raffle

Victory Hoyt has been hiking the Appalachian Trail since 1974 and has covered over 1500 miles of trail.  He was recently featured on sectionhiker.com and won their raffle for one of our packs.  He was given the choice to pick any one he wanted and he decided on the Mariposa™ Plus because it was the […]

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Slam Poetry Meets Trail Video

Steve Burgess, one of our trail ambassadors, recently put together this video on his three day trek of the Wonderland Trail. It is a takeoff on slam poetry and is one of the most creative trail videos we have seen. He submitted and got into Kendal, which is Europe’s version of the Banff Film Festival. […]

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