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These articles were written to properly educate others about the outdoors. It is important that we do not impact the land as we explore it. This is especially important in high use areas, such as the John Muir Trail. Remember, Leave No Trace.

Gossamer Gear on the Appalachian Trail

Women Only: Hiking the Appalachian Trail

If you’ve dreamed about hiking the Appalachian Trail and live in the Atlanta Area, Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador JJ Mathes will be teaching a class entitled Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Trip Planning for Women on November 10, at the Buford, Georgia REI Store, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Description: This class is designed to give […]

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It took Wired 134 days to hike from Mexico to Canada.

A Talk by Thru-Hiker Erin “Wired” Saver

Do you want to learn more about the Continental Divide Trail? If so, come see Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador Erin “Wired” Saver’s talk on November 7th, 2014 at the REI store in Portland, Oregon from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Description: The 3,100 mile Continental Divide Trail is considered one of the most rugged and remote […]

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Heather Knight - Renegade Pilgrim

A Talk by Ambassador Heather Knight

Join me for a talk on the ancient pilgrimage walk across Spain. The Camino de Santiago has existed since the Middle Ages and has grown in popularity over the past few years due to movies like “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago” (locally produced documentary showing at the Hollywood Theater now!) and “The Way” […]

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Carl Rush

Carl Rush to Speak at ALDHA

Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador Carl Rush will be giving a talk titled “Ultralight But Comfortable” at this year’s ALDHA  (Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association) Annual Gathering this year. Carl will also have some Gossamer Gear backpacks on hand for people who want to try out what an ultralight backpack feels like if you’ve never tried […]

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Scouts at Philmont

Lightweight Scouting in North Carolina

Trail Ambassador Joe Jacaruso will be giving a series of talks on how to prepare for Philmont, backpacking skills and lightweight backpacking this September and October at several Scouting events in North Carolina. A veteran Appalachian Trail thru-hiker as well as a Scoutmaster, Joe gives frequent talks and gear demonstrations to scouting troops  throughout the […]

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DC UL Backpacking Women's Trips

Women’s Only UL Backpacking Trips

The DC UL Backpacking Meet-up, a local hiking and backpacking group in the Washington DC area, is kicking off a series of women’s only backpacking trips starting this fall. The series is aimed at getting new group members on the trail, learning about ways to lighten loads, and helping people transition to longer mileage days. The first […]

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Campsite Selection

Teaching BSA Introduction

Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador and Scoutmaster Derek Hansen will be teaching an Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America, Grand Canyon Council on September 13-14, 2013, in Flagstaff Arizona. Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is the required outdoor training for all Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, and Varsity Scout coaches. Outdoor […]

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Lightweight Backpacking Gear

Overnight Backpacking Basics for Women Class

If you live in the Atlanta Area, join Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador JJ Mathes for a talk that she’s giving on Overnight Backpacking Basics for Women at the Buford REI (directions below) on August 17th, from 3-4:30 pm. In a class tailored for women, JJ will take the mystery out of overnight backpacking with an overview of […]

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