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Massachusetts: Ultralight Hiking and Backpacking Talk and Gear Demo

Looking to hike further without excess pack weight holding you back? Join Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador Allison Nadler for a talk and gear demo about how to let go of the extra gear/weight in your backpack for lighter, longer, more enjoyable hikes this summer. Topics covered will include:

  • How to begin the process of lightening your pack
  • Benefits and tradeoffs of carrying less
  • Tools and resources to get you started
  • Dozens of tips and tricks to bring less, hike further, stay prepared, and spend less money!

Allison will be bringing lightweight backpacks, shelters, and other gear to see and touch.


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California: Ultralight Backpacking Clinic with Glen Van Peski

Ultralight Backpacking with Glen Van Peski

Ultralight Backpacking with Glen Van Peski

Gossamer Gear Founder Glen Van Peski will take you through the steps of how to pack lighter, so you can do more.

Thrill to the critically-acclaimed short movie “Lighten Up! – An Ultralight Makeover”!  Glen will bring his personal gear, and will be available for questions. Come early if you don’t want to be left standing! Prizes* to be given away at every store!

*Each night of the event, attendees will have a chance to win various prizes including an autographed copy of iHike by Lawton ‘Disco’ Grinter, two sizes of polycryo ultralight groundsheets, Dr. Kracker artisan flatbreads, PROBARS, plus mini lip balms and mini carabiners, and more!  Everyone has a pretty good chance of going home with at least a little something!

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Desert Divide Dozen - Day One

Desert Divide Dozen: Peak Bagging on the Pacific Crest Trail

The San Jacinto Mountains are one of the principal mountain ranges in Southern California. Multiple summits rise more than 10,000’/3050m above sea level. The beautiful but popular northern section of the range offers some of the most best hiking and backpacking in Southern California. But I had something else in mind this past Memorial Day […]

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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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Vicky Mattson

Ultralight Backpacking Talk – Appalachian Club

How Much Does Your Backpack Weigh? presented by The Appalachian Ohio Sierra Club Athens Community Center 701 E. State St. Athens, OH 45701 Thursday May 2, 2013 Vicky Mattson, experienced thru hiker, Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador and local Sierra Club trip leader will do an interactive program on thru hiking strategies and Ultralight backpacking. Participants should bring […]

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Going Sub 7 lbs with Glen

  Glen – I still like the pack! Do you? I am amazed that I am getting down to around 6.8 lbs for a week long sierra trek! This is before food and water. I keep looking at your posted gear list and keep challenging myself. I may be at about the best I can […]

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