October 10

The Outdoor Enthusiast’s Quick Guide to Park Designations

By: Korrin L. Bishop Five months ago, the Trump administration began a review of 27 national monuments to determine potential changes to their designations. As of September 17, reports indicate that Interior Secretary Zinke recommended changes to at least ten—including shrinking Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Gold Butte, and Cascades-Siskiyou. The exact details of those changes … Continue reading “The Outdoor Enthusiast’s Quick Guide to Park Designations”

September 28

Book Review – Backpacker Long Trails: Mastering the Art of the Thru-Hike

Have you been looking longingly at journals, photos and videos of this year’s thru-hikers, wondering what it takes to put a trip like that together for yourself? There are so many factors – which trail, what time of year, what gear to take, how to resupply, how to get in shape – that it may … Continue reading “Book Review – Backpacker Long Trails: Mastering the Art of the Thru-Hike”

September 14

Brand Ambassador Gear List – Ras and Kathy “Team Ultra Pedestrian” Vaughan

Gossamer Gear would like to welcome Team UltraPedestrian, Ras and Kathy Vaughan as our newest Brand Ambassadors! Read below about their spring attempt to hike the Grand Enchantment Trail from Phoenix to Albuquerque and back again. A Double Dose of The Grand Enchantment Trail By Ras Vaughan When Kathy and I attempted to become the … Continue reading “Brand Ambassador Gear List – Ras and Kathy “Team Ultra Pedestrian” Vaughan”

August 15

Ryan “Dirtmonger” Sylva: Backpacker to Bikepacker

Gossamer Gear Brand Ambassador Ryan “Dirtmonger” Sylva has logged thousands of miles both on long-distance hiking trails and routes of his own design. Here’s his story about how an injury forced a change of perspective from backpacker to bikepacker.   The last thing I will do is wait, to wait for time to pass, for … Continue reading “Ryan “Dirtmonger” Sylva: Backpacker to Bikepacker”

July 17

Brand Ambassador Gear List – Anish on the Oregon Desert Trail

For this month’s Ambassador Gear List, we return to Heather “Anish” Anderson and her recent hike of the Oregon Desert Trail. About the Oregon Desert Trail: The Oregon Desert Trail is a conceptual route created in 2011 by the Oregon Natural Desert Association. It connects some of the most spectacular scenery Oregon has to offer … Continue reading “Brand Ambassador Gear List – Anish on the Oregon Desert Trail”

June 23

Brand Ambassador Gear List – Arlette “Apple Pie” Laan

Continuing our series on what’s in our Brand Ambassador’s packs, one of our new Ambassadors, Arlette “Apple Pie” Laan shares her gear list for her spring hike of the Hayduke Trail. The Hayduke is one of the more challenging long distance trails I’ve hiked. There was hardly ever any actual trail to follow. I was … Continue reading “Brand Ambassador Gear List – Arlette “Apple Pie” Laan”