September 12

Thru-Hiking in Scotland: A Right to Roam & the Freedom to Adventure

Words By: Sally Phillips // Photos Courtesy: Steven “Twinkle” Shattuck Is thru-hiking in Scotland a thing? I’m not really sure we’ve quite cracked it yet, although we are definitely getting closer. One of the major problems is that we are a pretty tiny country—just over 220 miles at the widest point, and 550 miles North … Continue reading “Thru-Hiking in Scotland: A Right to Roam & the Freedom to Adventure”

August 30

What’s in a Name? The Stories Behind Gossamer Gear’s Pack Names.

Gossamer Gear backpacks didn’t start off with snazzy names. They started off with the founder, Glen Van Peski, fiddling around with some homegrown models, searching for the perfect balance of light and functional. “I would hike along with my buddy, Read Miller, talking about packs and how to make them lighter and more functional,” Glen … Continue reading “What’s in a Name? The Stories Behind Gossamer Gear’s Pack Names.”

August 15

Blue Ridge Hiking Company: Keeping Backpackers Lightweight & Prepared

By: Caet Cash Remember your first backpacking trip? Was it a fond memory or a rite of passage? My job is to make sure that wet tents, heavy packs, and denim in the wilderness do not happen on these trips. Blue Ridge Hiking Company exists in a unique niche within the commercial backpacking community. We … Continue reading “Blue Ridge Hiking Company: Keeping Backpackers Lightweight & Prepared”

July 18

Houston Philmont Crews: Guy Parker’s Mission to Get Youth Outdoors

Guy Parker grew up in south Texas along the Gulf Coast, surrounded by the influence of the outdoors. Whether it was hunting, fishing, plinking, Scouting, camping, or just hanging out at the beach or in the woods, he learned at an early age to respect and appreciate the wildlife and land around him. He spent … Continue reading “Houston Philmont Crews: Guy Parker’s Mission to Get Youth Outdoors”

June 27

New Zealand & the Te Araroa Trail: Learning to “Thru-Journey”

By: Christine Martens From the images pouring out of New Zealand’s new long distance trail, the Te Araroa, the hike looked like a tantalizing adventure. Rugged mountains, sweeping landscapes, and rainforests filled with fern trees and waterfalls. However, after reading some people’s accounts of hiking the entire trail—“purists”—I started rethinking the idea of a traditional … Continue reading “New Zealand & the Te Araroa Trail: Learning to “Thru-Journey””

June 21

New Daypacks Alert! — Meet the Updated Minimalist 24 and Vagabond

Over at Gossamer Gear, we’ve been getting pretty giddy about the updates we’ve been making to two of our beloved daypacks—the Minimalist 24 and the Vagabond. After lots of of nerding out together over fabrics, function, and flair, we’re finally ready to loop you into all of the fun! Both of these daypacks are great … Continue reading “New Daypacks Alert! — Meet the Updated Minimalist 24 and Vagabond”

June 6

Fathers & the Outdoors: Reflections from the Gossamer Gear Team

The month of June brings with it a day to acknowledge the role fathers play in the lives of their children and communities. For many outdoor adventurers, fathers may be the ones who took them on their first hikes, or otherwise encouraged them to journey into the solitude of nature. Father’s Day is a time … Continue reading “Fathers & the Outdoors: Reflections from the Gossamer Gear Team”