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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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Tips For Keeping A Trail Journal

Keeping a trail journal is one of the time-honored traditions in the thru-hiking community.  It serves as a personal diary of your hike and is a great way to keep your friends and family up-to-date with your journey.  Several of the Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassadors have contributed their thoughts and tips on how to keep […]

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Jim’s Ultralight Backpacking Gear List

I spend most of my time in the Central Adirondacks and use this setup for trips ranging from a couple of days up to two weeks. My hiking season begins in late spring and finishes up early fall. Temperatures can range from 30 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit depending on where I end up in the […]

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Minimal Travel List for Hiking Kauai

  We had been planning a trip to Kauai and wanted it to be a little different than a typical tropical vacation. We wanted to stay in each region of Kauai and do as many day hikes as we could interspersed with snorkeling and swimming at the beach. I thought that if ultralight backpacking works […]

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Is Solo Hiking For You? Risks and Rewards

While I do enjoy hiking with others, I find myself planning many adventures without ever contemplating who I’m going to hike with. Whether it be a challenging dayhike or a multi-day trip, solo hiking is an experience I crave.   Hike Your Own Hike- Without Restriction With a partner you need to be mindful of […]

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