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The Trek Badger Sponsorship 2017

Calling all 2017 aspiring thru-hikers: Want your chance at more than $10,000 worth of backpacking gear and resources? Gossamer Gear has teamed up with The Trek (formerly Appalachian Trials) to sponsor a handful of lucky AT, PCT, and/or CDT 2017 thru-hikers for The Badger Sponsorship 2017. The Badger Sponsorship began in 2012 as an effort […]

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The Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument would expand protection of the watershed that feeds the Grand Canyon and Colorado River - Photo by Sirena Dufault

President Obama: Please Protect Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon- its rugged beauty and spectacular scenery makes it a much-desired location for backpackers and river runners. It’s one of the natural wonders of the world and the second most visited National Park. Many would be surprised to know that the surrounding area that feeds the watershed is currently threatened by uranium mining, […]

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Anish on the AZT

Fastest Known Time on the Arizona Trail

The 800-mile Arizona National Scenic Trail (AZT), while short by long-distance hiking standards, packs a lot of diverse scenery and elevation changes in its length from Mexico to Utah. When most people think of Arizona, they envision it to be hot, dry and flat. However, the AZT ranges from elevations of 1200 to 9000 feet […]

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10 Phases of a Thru Hike

What is a thru hike? Technically, it’s a long distance trail end-to-end. The preparation, itinerary, and experience, however, is completely up to each individual person. When I first began hiking New Zealand’s 1,800 mile (3,000 kilometer) Te Araroa, I viewed it like a sport. Each day I would physically prepare myself for the journey ahead, […]

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Summer 2016 Outdoor Retailer Trade Show: Overview and Index

By Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl, Gossamer Gear Brand Ambassadors Overview and Index (this article) Technology and Trends Lightweight Gear Ultralight Gear Footwear Food Welcome to our coverage of the Summer 2016 Outdoor Retailer Trade Show. Our focus is new gear and technologies of interest to lightweight and ultralight backpackers. We have covered the Outdoor […]

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At One with the Weminuche

It had been a few years since I had visited Durango for a trip with GG Ambassador Will Rietveld to romp in his backyard, the Weminuche Wilderness. The two previous trips were definitely on the ‘short list’ of best backpacking trips, and I get out a fair amount. For this trip, Will’s friend Tom was […]

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2016 Leaders in Conservation Awards Gala

This month, I set down my pack and trail runners and donned business wear for the 7th Annual Leaders in Conservation Awards Gala in Washington, DC. Emceed by former Appalachian Trail overall speed record holder (and current women’s supported speed record holder) Jennifer Pharr Davis, the event highlighted those in the business and non-profit community […]

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Ultralight Hiker

Stoveless Cooking: The Crotch Pot

This third option between stoves and no-cook is the brainchild of Gossamer Gear founder Glen Van Peski. Infrared images of the human body confirm what is basically common knowledge; one of the hottest parts of the human body is the crotch area. Your body naturally generates significant heat while hiking; why not harness this heat […]

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