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  1. Connecting Life with Minimalist Hiking

    Gossamer Gear | Feb 10, 2015

    "How do you wash your clothes?" is one of the most frequent questions I get asked, closely followed by "Where do you ...

  2. DIY Chew-Proof Bear Bag

    Gossamer Gear | Jan 26, 2015

    Four years ago when fellow hiker Lee Fields and I were preparing to do a long distance hike on the AT, I ran across a...

  3. Tips for Keeping a Trail Journal

    Gossamer Gear | Jan 19, 2015

    Keeping a trail journal is one of the time-honored traditions in the hiking community. It serves as a personal diary ...

  4. Solo Hiking Risks and Rewards

    Gossamer Gear | Jan 06, 2015

    While I do enjoy hiking with others, I find myself planning many adventures without ever contemplating who I'm going ...

  5. Easy Foot Care for Hiking

    Gossamer Gear | Dec 16, 2014

    Sore feet and blisters can be a major problem for both beginning hikers and experienced backpackers. I had never seen...

  6. DIY Self-Tensioning Guylines

    Gossamer Gear | Oct 21, 2014

    One of the popular fabrics for making lightweight tarps and shelters is silicon-impregnate ripstop nylon–silnylon or ...

  7. Courage to Go Backpacking Solo

    Gossamer Gear | Sep 22, 2014

    Love backpacking but have a hard time finding companions? You are not alone, and ultimately if you find yourself drea...

  8. How to Walk Straight while Hiking

    Gossamer Gear | Sep 09, 2014

    Over the years of my thru-hiking endeavors I have progressed in my ability to be a better hiker. I think most long di...

  9. The Art of the Bail

    Gossamer Gear | Sep 02, 2014

    View from the Wonderland Trail Remember the Clint Eastwood movie, The Eiger Sanction? During the climbers meeting, C...