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The Lightweight Backpacking Conundrum

Do we need to redefine backpacking weight categories? Most lightweight backpackers are aware of the concepts of base weight and backpacking weight categories, but are the categories getting out of date? For those not familiar with the concepts, I briefly review them here; for those already familiar, jump to the next section. Base Weight Base […]

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Ohio: How to Go Light or How I Learned to Love Silnylon

Trail Ambassador Vicky Mattson

Trail Ambassador Vicky Mattson

Join Trail Ambassador and veteran backpacker Vicky Mattson as she presents stories and lessons learned from a lifetime of heavy packs and reforming her gear into a 9-15 lb base weight for her Pacific Crest Trail hike and her Continental Divide Trail attempt.  In 2011 and 2012 Vicky and her family hiked the 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.  She is currently working on Section Hiking/biking The Continental Divide Trail (very large chunks) Last year we hiked the Colorado and Wyoming portion of the CDT, this year we will finish with the CDT in New Mexico and Montana.  She is planning to hike the AT alone next year, completing the Triple Crown of America’s long trails.  Along the way Vicky has learned many strategies regarding gear, food prep, and planning for these long hikes.   The program will include some photos of Vicky’s hikes as well as examples of gear and going light.  Vicky will also have some Gossamer Gear (https://gossamergear.com/  )products to share, and discount coupons.  If you are planning any long trail hiking or are just sick of heavy packs this workshop is for you.

9 AM Saturday April 26th at the Buckeye Trailfest  http://www.buckeyetrailfest.org/

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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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Gossamer Gear Welcomes More New Trail Ambassadors

Gossamer Gear welcomes another outstanding group of new Trail Ambassadors including David Lintern, Guy Parker, Joe Jacaruso, Heather Knight, Whitney La Ruffa, Sheldon Feigel, Dan Bortz, Evan Chartier, Carrot Quinn, Jan McEwen, Brian Reyman, Dave Brunstein, and Bryon Solberg.  “The most effective way to learn about carrying a lighter weight backpack is face-to-face from someone who’s […]

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