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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How to increase comfort of the NightLight™ torso pad

Here is a simple way to increase the comfort of your NightLight™ torso pad, both in the pack and on the ground, which even lightens it up a bit! It allows you to nest your torso pad more completely when you fold it up so it fits in the pad holder pocket more cleanly.  Click […]

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How to convert your Lightrek™ poles to collapsible poles

Ever wish you had markings on your Lightrek™ poles to instantly know which length to extend them to without the old “holding them next to each other” ritual at the trailhead? Here’s a simple solution: use a silver-metallic Sharpie marker. Since the poles are black, you need something that will stand out against the graphite […]

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Hold your polycryo down when it’s windy

When it got windy I had a hard time keeping the polycryo groundsheet on the ground while setting up my tent. To help keep the groundsheet in place, I attached two corners of the groundsheet to the tent. Putting a tab of duct tape on the ground sheet, cutting a hole in the duct tape […]

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