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The Wave, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument  Photo: Sirena Dufault

Public Comment Period Now Open on National Monument Review

An executive order passed by the Trump Administration on April 26th instructed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review any national monument designated via the Antiquities Act since January 1, 1996, that spans at least 100,000 acres. 22 land-based monuments and five marine monuments are under review and now is the time to comment and make […]

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Celebrating AmeriCorps Week

Chances are good that you’ve been on a trail that was worked on by an AmeriCorps crew. They go out for weeks at a time, often to very remote places in the backcountry. They handle all aspects of maintaining a trail: fixing the tread, rock work, trimming back vegetation and employing elaborate methods of getting […]

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New 2017 Products!

New Products for 2017!

We are thrilled to announce the line of new products for 2017! There have been some updates made to customer favorites like the Type 2 and Kumo and some brand new packs and accessories we are excited to share with you! You can also learn a bit about the new packs and what we’ve changed with […]

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Vote for the 2017 Badger Sponsorship Finalists!

You submitted your videos, and now the 12 finalists for the 2017 Badger Sponsorship have been unveiled! Your vote decides which lucky thru-hikers will win thousands of dollars worth of backpacking gear and resources, including your choice of any Gossamer Gear backpack.  This year’s Badger Sponsorship winners are determined by a combination of a reader vote (50%) and The […]

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The Trek Badger Sponsorship 2017

Calling all 2017 aspiring thru-hikers: Want your chance at more than $10,000 worth of backpacking gear and resources? Gossamer Gear has teamed up with The Trek (formerly Appalachian Trials) to sponsor a handful of lucky AT, PCT, and/or CDT 2017 thru-hikers for The Badger Sponsorship 2017. The Badger Sponsorship began in 2012 as an effort […]

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The Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument would expand protection of the watershed that feeds the Grand Canyon and Colorado River - Photo by Sirena Dufault

President Obama: Please Protect Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon- its rugged beauty and spectacular scenery makes it a much-desired location for backpackers and river runners. It’s one of the natural wonders of the world and the second most visited National Park. Many would be surprised to know that the surrounding area that feeds the watershed is currently threatened by uranium mining, […]

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Summer 2016 Outdoor Retailer Trade Show: Overview and Index

By Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl, Gossamer Gear Brand Ambassadors Overview and Index (this article) Technology and Trends Lightweight Gear Ultralight Gear Footwear Food Welcome to our coverage of the Summer 2016 Outdoor Retailer Trade Show. Our focus is new gear and technologies of interest to lightweight and ultralight backpackers. We have covered the Outdoor […]

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Ultralight tarp

Cuben Fiber is now Dyneema Composite Fabrics

By Will Rietveld Fabric Origins The original name Cuben Fiber doesn’t do much to describe what the product is; a reporter coined the name back in 1992 when sails made of this fabric helped win the America’s Cup. The name stuck and use of the extraordinarily lightweight and strong fabric expanded into other industries. However, […]

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