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Being a Trail Ambassador

UL Tarp Show

BPL Northeast Meetup – UL Tarp Show and Tell

Gossamer Gear is making a big push this year to grow the lightweight and ultralight backpacking community by increasing the number of Trail Ambassadors it sponsors to 100 by the end of 2013. “The Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador Program”, says company president Grant Sible, “has been very successful in educating the wider hiking community about the benefits  of lighter weight backpacking gear. Our goal is to recruit more ambassadors so that hiking clubs, outdoor organizations and communities can tap into our Trail Ambassador network for advice or assistance in educating their members about lightweight backpacking gear and skills.”

Trail Ambassador JJ Mathes

Trail Ambassador JJ Mathes teaches female backpackers how to go light

“We have an amazingly diverse set of Trail Ambassadors”, says Glen Van Peski, Gossamer Gear’s founder, “and that’s something we want to preserve as we recruit more Ambassadors this year. Our Trail Ambassadors are Scout masters, hiking and backpacking trip leaders, Leave No Trace trainers, smokejumpers, packrafters, bushwhackers, mountaineers, ridge-runners, and trail maintainers. If there’s one thing they share, it’s a personal passion to educate, teach, and mentor others about the benefits of lightweight and utralight backpacking. Membership in Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador program gives us a chance to recognize their efforts to and to plug them into an international network of other Trail Ambassadors who are eager to share their experiences and knowledge with one another. ”

Be sure to visit the Trail Ambassador Program Description and Application Form for more information about the benefits of becoming a Trail Ambassador and to fill out the application form. If you’re active in the hiking and backpacking community and involved in teaching or mentoring other hikers about the benefits of lightening their pack weight, we encourage you to apply to the Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador program.



9 Responses to Being a Trail Ambassador

  1. MacGyver April 19, 2013 at 6:52 am #

    Interesting…I sent in an application almost a month ago and have not heard anything back.

    • Philip April 19, 2013 at 7:58 am #

      If you haven’t heard back from us yet it means your application is still under review. 🙂

  2. Jeff Bernard April 19, 2013 at 7:22 am #

    I live near Chama, New Mexico which is the most beautiful area in the state and is largely undiscovered. I spend my spare time exploring trails in the southern San Juans of Colorado and northern New Mexico. I lead hikes through various meetup groups and eco tourism. Following animal trails is one way to discover things otherwise which would never be seen. I would love to represent Gossamer Gear in this part part of the country.

    • Philip April 19, 2013 at 7:59 am #

      Please apply using the application form. Many Thanks.

  3. Bert Nemcik April 19, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    Hi Ho Trail Mates,

    I want to be a trail ambassador for one simple reason: at the age of 65, there is a need for people my age to look forward to adventures during a part of life when many people stop challenging themselves.

    I hope to be able to backpack until the final day of my life.

    I carry my backpack every day when I do my five mile hike so that my shoulders are kept in shape.

    My BPW for winter backpacking hovers around 16 pounds and my summer BPW is 11 pounds.

    I hope to be selected so I can be an ambassador for the Senior Backpackers that are out there waiting for some inspiration to get out “beyond the sidewalks”.

    See you down the trail…

    Bert “Shadow” Nemcik, AT02

  4. Ron Whittaker April 19, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

    I also sent in an application in the first round, and if possible would still like to be considered for the next round. Thanks, Ron

  5. Deborah April 21, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

    If you want more trail ambassadors and do not select from the “hundreds” of applications you need to be specific about what you are looking for

  6. Philip April 23, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    Ron – we don’t have application review rounds – it’s a continuous process.

    Deborah – I think the application spells out what we’re looking for pretty clearly. Proficiency with lightweight or ultralight hiking and backpacking, a track record of community service, inspiring others and passing the knowledge forward, and people who go hiking a lot and practice what they preach. Those aren’t the only qualifications we consider, but having all of them is an excellent start.

  7. Call Me Ishmael April 24, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    For “Proficiency with lightweight or ultralight hiking and backpacking” it might be useful to also ask for some things like years backpacking (50 for me) instead of just the past year, and current base pack weight (4 pounds) instead of just which GG items I own.

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