Announcing the New Gossamer Gear Event Calendar

Do you want to attend an ultralight backpacking gear demo? Need help planning a thru-hike? Are you looking for a hiking group to join or a cool backpacking trip to go on? If so, check out Gossamer Gear’s New Event Calendar which lists talks, trips, and gear demos held by Gossamer Gear’s staff and Trail Ambassadors […]

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Yosemite National Park

Backpacking in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park – What a place! I planned this trip with 3 other friends of mine about 2 years ago. They all live back east and they have never been to Yosemite NP. I figured it would take a lot of planning so that’s why we decided to make this trip 2 years out. […]

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Winter Cabin

An Introduction to Family Backpacking: Winter “Cabin-ing”

Our family’s very first backpacking trip was a winter one. The destination? A cabin in Maine’s coastal Camden Hills State Park. It was an easy hike-in on packed snow. Our winter boots sufficed, we didn’t need skis or snowshoes as we followed the wide multi-purpose path, which in summer is actually a park road. It […]

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Hayduke Trail

The Hayduke Trail – A Southwest Adventure

March 31st, 2013 was my last day of work and my new job would not begin until May 1st, which left me plenty of time to hit the trail! My friends “Skittles” and “Buck-30” were thru-hiking the 800-mile Hayduke Trail (HDT) and agreed to let me tag along with them for a week or two. […]

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Crushed by a Heavy Backpack

Evangelize the Light – Start the Conversation

In mid-November, I took my family to Shenandoah National Park, one of our favorite areas for hiking, leaf-peeping and general camping debauchery. My two sons are 4 and 6 years old. They view this time as a highlight of their lives. In as much as they enjoy marshmallow responsibilities over a crackling fire, I suspect […]

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Ken and Lee talking with the backpacking group on the bald at Cole Mountain.

The Five Gallon Challenge

As Scout Leaders for more than a decade, Lee Fields and I have made it our mission to encourage Scouts to participate in backpacking trips.  Over the years we have noticed a general reluctance from beginners (and their parents) to take the first “steps”, which unfortunately denies these young men the valuable lessons that the […]

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Outdoor Retailer, on the floor

Hightlights From The Outdoor Retailer Winter 2014 Trade Show: Loads of Interesting New Gear and Technologies for Lightweight Backcountry Travel

By Will Rietveld, Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador I have reported on the OR Show since 2006, so this is my 17th show. OR never disappoints; it’s big, high energy, and always yields lots of emerging new technologies and products of interest to lightweight and ultralight backpackers. This show is no different. Highlighted products will be […]

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