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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Appalachian Trail Days 2010

Gossamer Gear set up a booth and showed our gear at Trail Days 2010.  Trail Days is an event in Damascus Virginia put on every year in May.  It is a collection of gear manufacturers and other crafts and clothing vendors that make a unique show.  The cool thing about Damascus is that the Appalachian […]

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Spectra line holder

Spectra lines can be a pain if you take them on and off your shelter, or move them around to adapt to particular conditions. To keep the lines tangle free, take a small piece of blue foam out of one of those spare sleeping mats, or similar source of material, cut some slits in the […]

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Water bottle holders

If you prefer to have water bottles attached to your shoulder straps for easy access, you can easily construct a pair of water bottle holders with some shock cord and cord locks. Use the shock cord and cord locks to construct two loops above and below the sternum strap, going through the webbing that the […]

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PCT Kick Off 2010 was a success

Glen, Grant and Dave traveled to Lake Moreno County park to attend the Annual Day Zero Pacific Trail Kick Off (ADZPCTKO) event this year.  As their web site so aptly states: “The primary focus of the gathering is to help shed those butterflies that inevitably precede a life-altering experience like hiking the PCT by showing […]

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Overseas air travel with the Mariposa™

Miniposa and Mariposa™ can be taken as cabin baggage on airline flights, just watch the fatness and be sure to remove any tent stakes, pen knives or cutlery. You are normally allowed 10 kg in the cabin. And it ensures the bag chuckers don’t trash your ultralight pack. Put your other gear in a cheap […]

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Gossamer Gear visits Cochamo Chile!

Dave from Gossamer and his friend Tom Bentley wanted to go to Chile to do an epic trek.  When we started looking at Chile, we immediately thought of Torres de Paine.  But we soon heard there was another spot to check out called Cochamo.  It was being described as an up and coming climbing destination […]

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Inflatable sleep pad inside Mariposa™

Instead of putting my inflatable pad in the pocket against my back, I used it to line the pack as shown in the attached Inflatable Pad Backpack Diagram. It provides rigidity and “splices” the joint between sleeping bag and other pack contents. I stopped using a stuff sack for my down sleeping bag and just […]

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