2021’s Best of the World-Renowned Light Feet Blog
As we hike toward the promising sunrise of 2022, we’re taking a little time to look back at our journey through the peaks, valleys, and plateaus of 2021. One beautiful constant throughout this voyage has been the world-renowned Light Feet blog.
What was once upon a time a small dream on a map in a faraway land has become a staple in households across the globe. This is thanks to our many fabulous contributors and brand ambassadors who share their wisdom, travel stories, and gear hacks with us each week.
So, as we close out this chapter and prepare for next year’s grand stories, we’ve rounded up 16 of the best Light Feet blogs from this year. We invite you to pack up your Vagabond and take a trip with us down memory lane.
Brand Ambassador and super groovy human Heather “Anish” Anderson released her second book in March 2021, Mud, Rocks, Blazes: Letting Go on the Appalachian Trail, and we got to interview her.
Our very own Sarah del Puerto wrote a piece sharing the history of BIPOC individuals in our national parks and how we can keep working to make these spaces more inclusive.
Christine Martens shared both the pros and cons of becoming a hiking guide from her years of experience leading trips.
Brand Ambassador and photographer extraordinaire Emily Schrick shared a heart-warming story about hiking the JMT with her mom and what the two learned from one another.
We got to interview Brand Ambassador and Queen of the AZT Sirena Rana about her book published in May 2021, Best Day Hikes on the Arizona National Scenic Trail.
We asked our Gossamer Gear community for ideas on what to bring thru-hikers while they’re on the trail and they delivered with some real gems.
Brand Ambassador and Smoky Mountain hiking badass Nancy East penned a Halloween-inspired piece about how you can enjoy haunts in Southern Appalachia.
We rounded up many ways to use carabiners and encouraged you all to buy three dozen of them, and YOU DID.
We interviewed Matthew Fox about his experience with Warrior Expeditions and how the nonprofit helped him complete the Triple Crown and work through his PTSD.
Brand Ambassadors Carolyn Blessing and Jeff Podmayer wrote a series of posts about their journey hiking both the Appalachian Trail and the Continental Divide Trail in 2021 as a way of forming their marriage to one another and modeled what true love and commitment look like.
We interviewed Sandy Heath, a PhD candidate in the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management Department at Clemson University about queer experiences in outdoor recreation.
Brand Ambassador Kathy “OBAL Unbranded” Vaughan wrote some beautiful end-of-year, Thanksgiving reflections about a trip she took with a friend in the backcountry of the North Cascades in Washington.
Brand Ambassador and beer connoisseur Nick Brooks did a Q&A with us to share all of his tips and tricks for enjoying a cold one in the great outdoors.
Gossamer Gear Founder and leading proponent of lightweight backpacking, Glen Van Peski, wrote a piece on how you can both baffle customs agents and pack everything you need for a 10-day trip to Italy in one 23-liter bag all at once.
Our blog editor (it’s me, but writing in the third person feels less vulnerable) wrote a love letter to the Gossamer Gear full zip hoodie, which is still very much her favorite hoodie.
Thank You and Happy New Year!
From all of us at Gossamer Gear, we want to express how much we appreciate you being a part of our community. You made this year a great one even when the path felt a little murky at times. We wish everyone happy trails in 2022!