How to keep from losing Ti Stakes

How many times have you lost a tarp/tent stake, the thin 6-inch Ti hook stakes to be precise? I live in the southeastern part of the US where dead leaves from various hardwoods and pine needles are on the ground year around. I’ve found the nondescript gray color of this Ti stakes hard for me […]

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PCT Cascade Locks Show

Grant went out to show our gear.  We were joined by some of the other companies in the ultralight community.  One of the highlights was a little hacky sack with Ron Moak (Six Moons Designs), Rand and Russ (Trail Designs), and Henry Shires (Tarptent).  If you want to see a few more pictures you can […]

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Gossamer Gear meets Trail Designs in Yosemite

Grant and Dave from Gossamer Gear went to Yosemite National Park to test out some new gear and enjoy the park with Rand and Russ from Trail Designs.  We got together to test our latest packs, shelters and cook systems.  We did a two night, three day trip down the Merced River Valley.  We hiked […]

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Philmont 2010

Dave went to Philmont as a guest of the Philmont Staff Association.  Philmont is a Boy Scout paradise where 22,000 Boy Scouts visit every year.  At any one day in the summer over 3,600 boy scouts and advisors are in the backcountry visiting one of dozens of camps.   Some of the camps are staffed and […]

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How to avoid the duct tape stickiness on poles

I don’t like sticky duct tape residue stuck to my hiking sticks. So, to prevent my Keeper strings knots from sliding down my slippery hiking poles (or to mark where to attach tarp lines), I just rolled a 7/16″ faucet O ring up the pole to the desired height to act as a stop. Available […]

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