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”

February 28

A Personal Connection to the Diversify Outdoors Coalition’s Mission

By: Sirena Dufault I grew up in the Chicago suburbs with immigrant parents – my dad is from India and my mom from Italy. In the summertime, they’d load my brothers and me into a station wagon and we’d go on the typical American vacation. Sometimes, these vacations included trips to public lands – Smoky Mountains … Continue reading “A Personal Connection to the Diversify Outdoors Coalition’s Mission”

January 9

Ringing in the New Year at Grand Staircase-Escalante & Bears Ears

By: Steven “Twinkle” Shattuck My wife, Grace, and I have been saddened by the news of the recent shrinking of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Bears Ears National Monument. The beautiful and unexplored frontiers of these national monuments should be cherished. Grand Staircase-Escalante was the last part of the lower 48 to get cartographed, and remains … Continue reading “Ringing in the New Year at Grand Staircase-Escalante & Bears Ears”

December 14

Beauty, Adventure, & the Right Gear on an Off-Trail Grand Canyon Route

By: Sirena Dufault The Grand Canyon is my favorite place of all – the more I see, the deeper appreciation I have for this Wonder of the World. I am currently working on traversing the length of the Canyon in sections. The Colorado River through the Canyon is 277 miles long, but once I’m done … Continue reading “Beauty, Adventure, & the Right Gear on an Off-Trail Grand Canyon Route”

November 26

Peak Bagging in the Weminuche Wilderness with the Kumo 36 Superlight Backpack

By: Steven “Twinkle” Shattuck Passions come in waves for me; I get washed up in obsession, only to see that excitement subside when newer, shinier desires appear. This has been a cycle my whole life in the outdoors. I got fixated on multi-week backpacks, only for that to be overtaken by the thrill of climbing high … Continue reading “Peak Bagging in the Weminuche Wilderness with the Kumo 36 Superlight Backpack”

October 24

Brand Ambassador Gear List: Erin “Wired” Saver

By: Erin “Wired” Saver The Pyrenees mountain range, which creates a natural border between Spain and France, runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. There are multiple routes that can be traveled along the length of the Pyrenees, but I wanted the one that would stay higher and not dive down to villages … Continue reading “Brand Ambassador Gear List: Erin “Wired” Saver”