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  1. 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...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. Guide to Seam Sealing Tent or Tarp

    Gossamer Gear | Jul 14, 2014

    Seam sealing is a procedure necessary for most tents and tarps to keep water from leaking through the stitching. This...

  10. Water Dipper for Hiking

    Gossamer Gear | Jun 30, 2014

    Cut a small water reservoir in half and use it as a water scoop in small streams Ever want to carry a scooping cup f...