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”

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”

October 25

Best Appalachian Trail Section Hiking, According to the Experts

The Appalachian Trail is a National Scenic Trail in the eastern United States that runs about 2,000 miles from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. It’s a huge undertaking that has changed the lives of many of its hikers. However, doing a full thru-hike isn’t for everyone. That’s why we’re bringing you … Continue reading “Best Appalachian Trail Section Hiking, According to the Experts”

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”

April 18

Life Changing Experience of Thru-Hiking: Brand Ambassador Arlette Laan

By: Arlette Laan For many people, long distance hiking is a life changing experience. I am one of those people. I finished my first thru-hike in 2003 at the Canadian border after completing the Pacific Crest Trail. At the time, I didn’t know about post-trail depression, and it hit me hard. I missed my trail … Continue reading “Life Changing Experience of Thru-Hiking: Brand Ambassador Arlette Laan”

March 8

Celebrating Trails with a Calendar Year Triple Crown

By: Heather “Anish” Anderson It’s a coveted pursuit in the world of backpacking–comprised of the 2,100+ mile Appalachian Trail, the 2,600+ mile Pacific Crest Trail, and the 3,000+ mile Continental Divide Trail. It crosses three spines of the United States through myriad biomes from Basin and Range to Mojave Desert and lush pine and deciduous forests. … Continue reading “Celebrating Trails with a Calendar Year Triple Crown”