Contingency Planning for Long Distance Hike

Contingency Planning for Long Distance Hike

Gossamer Gear | Feb 24, 2015
Spend any significant time backpacking, and you're going to have something go wrong. Usually they are pretty small th...
Read More
Tips for Lightweight Winter Backpacking

Tips for Lightweight Winter Backpacking

Gossamer Gear | Feb 16, 2015
For 3-season backpacking, one of my primary goals is to go as light as possible, and I've gotten pretty good at putti...
Read More
Connecting Life with Minimalist Hiking

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 ...
Read More

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...
Read More

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 ...
Read More
Solo Hiking Risks and Rewards

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 ...
Read More

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...
Read More

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 ...
Read More
Simple DIY Mini Toilet Paper (WAG) Bags

Simple DIY Mini Toilet Paper (WAG) Bags

Gossamer Gear | Oct 07, 2014
Technically speaking, a WAG bag is designed to collect human excrement (poop) and allow you to pack it out. In some l...
Read More
Ode to my Trusty Alcohol Backpacking Stove

Ode to my Trusty Alcohol Backpacking Stove

Gossamer Gear | Sep 23, 2014
Through snow, rain, wind and in the dry of the desert-you are always there for me. You never fail to perform your dut...
Read More
Courage to Go Backpacking Solo

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...
Read More
How to Walk Straight while Hiking

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...
Read More