February 9

Sharpie Permanent Markers: An Unexpected Backpacking Essential

By: Ras “UltraPedestrian” Vaughan I view “doing without” as an essential skillset in pursuit of the ultralight/minimalist backpacking ideal. While, at times, I have defined my approach in terms of what I was not carrying, I have, nonetheless, found a few items I frequently carry, which not everyone does. First and foremost is a Sharpie. … Continue reading “Sharpie Permanent Markers: An Unexpected Backpacking Essential”

February 1

Off Trail On Track: Duncan Cheung Shares What it Means to Hike with a Cause

Take Less. Do More. It’s not just a catchy company slogan for us at Gossamer Gear. It’s a way of life. It’s an ethos that drives our community, both on and off the trail. Through his work founding Off Trail On Track, Duncan Cheung, one of our Brand Ambassadors, is a perfect example of the … Continue reading “Off Trail On Track: Duncan Cheung Shares What it Means to Hike with a Cause”

January 28

UP North Loop: Brand Ambassadors Complete Over 2,600 Miles on New Trail

At Gossamer Gear, we have huge love for our brand ambassadors. They’re the best gear testers. They’re incredible people. And, golly, do they go on some awesome adventures! Two of our Brand Ambassadors, Ras “UltraPedestrian” Vaughan and Kathy “OBAL Unbranded” Vaughan (aka: Team UltraPedestrian), recently completed over 2,600 miles on the first ever Inland Northwest … Continue reading “UP North Loop: Brand Ambassadors Complete Over 2,600 Miles on New Trail”

January 17

Bike Trip Turned Rad Tradition: A Family Pedal with Beauty and Connection

By: Luke Webster I’ve always admired people who develop lasting traditions. I don’t mean boring, normal traditions surrounding commercial holidays; I’m talking about the wild, quirky, epic traditions that produce months of anticipation and cause people to cock their heads sideways wondering whether they should question your sanity or be jealous. Over the past couple … Continue reading “Bike Trip Turned Rad Tradition: A Family Pedal with Beauty and Connection”

January 8

Gossamer Gear Texas Collection: A Pack Series as Tough as the Lone Star State

After two years of designing and testing, we’re excited to introduce the Gossamer Gear Texas Collection! This pack series is a nod to our headquarters’ home here in Texas. We’re proud to be based in Austin, and are excited to share a pack series that is as tough, diverse, and hardworking as this Lone Star … Continue reading “Gossamer Gear Texas Collection: A Pack Series as Tough as the Lone Star State”

January 5

My Non-traditional Thru Hike: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Flip-flop

By: Dahn Pratt Stepping onto the Bridge of the Gods, I crossed the Oregon-Washington border and began my thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). It was 80-degrees and cloudless with a slight breeze—just perfect. Meanwhile, my hardy southbound compatriots were battling near-freezing temperatures, intermittent rain and snow, and a dangerous windchill. The first … Continue reading “My Non-traditional Thru Hike: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Flip-flop”

December 26

Reflections from the First Woman to Complete the Calendar Year Triple Crown

By: Heather “Anish” Anderson When I was 22 years old, I saw an article in Backpacker Magazine about Flyin’ Brian Robinson. I had just completed my first thru-hike—the Appalachian Trail—and had only learned of the existence of the Pacific Crest and Continental Divide Trails en route. Now, I had in my hands a magazine telling … Continue reading “Reflections from the First Woman to Complete the Calendar Year Triple Crown”

December 17

20th Anniversary of Gossamer Gear: A History of Taking Less and Doing More

It started twenty years ago—while backpacking, of course. Glen Van Peski, a consulting civil engineer in Carlsbad, California, joined his eldest son, Brian, on backpacking trips with the Boy Scouts. As he began to learn more about the power of lightweight backpacking, he quickly realized that their backpacks—which weighed seven pounds empty—simply would not do. … Continue reading “20th Anniversary of Gossamer Gear: A History of Taking Less and Doing More”