August 27

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 … Continue reading “Teaching BSA Introduction”

August 11

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 … Continue reading “Overnight Backpacking Basics for Women Class”

August 1

Lightweight Backpacking on the PCT: A Talk

Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassadors Anna Sofranko and Chris Alexander hiked the entire 2600-mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from Mexico to Canada. They walked across deserts, over snow covered mountains, and through old growth forests. In order to complete the trail before heavy snow fell in Canada, they had to hike about 20 miles each day for 5 … Continue reading “Lightweight Backpacking on the PCT: A Talk”

May 6

UL for the Allegheny 100 Endurance Event

Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador Rob Kelly (aka QiWiz) will  be making a presentation on UL Backpacking for the North Country Trail Association Allegheny Chapter, with specific gear and preparation suggestions for those who are registered for the Allegheny 100 endurance event in June (http://www.northcountrytrail.org/anf/A-100/). A-100 participants can chose to do 25, 50, 75, or all 100 miles of … Continue reading “UL for the Allegheny 100 Endurance Event”

April 27

Ultralight Backpacking Talk – Appalachian Club

How Much Does Your Backpack Weigh? presented by The Appalachian Ohio Sierra Club Athens Community Center 701 E. State St. Athens, OH 45701 Thursday May 2, 2013 Vicky Mattson, experienced thru hiker, Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador and local Sierra Club trip leader will do an interactive program on thru hiking strategies and Ultralight backpacking. Participants should bring … Continue reading “Ultralight Backpacking Talk – Appalachian Club”

February 22

Glen’s Ultralight Presentation in Japan

We recently ran across an interesting link from Glen’s 10-day trip to Japan in 2010.  Glen was invited to Japan by Evernew and Hiker Depot to give a talk on ultralight backpacking, and to participate in a multi-day backpacking trip. He hiked in the Chichibu Wilderness with a group of twelve.  Glen still remembers the … Continue reading “Glen’s Ultralight Presentation in Japan”

June 27

Andrew Skurka and Dixon in Pisgah

Blake and Dave at Gossamer Gear were fortunate enough to recently attend one of Andrew Skurka’s hiking courses.  Along as co-guide was Alan Dixon, co-founder of Backpacking Light and author of a blog entitled Adventure Alan.  The trip was in the Pisgah National Forest and it was an amazing learning experience. Our trip began with … Continue reading “Andrew Skurka and Dixon in Pisgah”