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2023’s Better of the World-Famend Mild Toes Weblog – Gossamer Gear


As we put together to welcome in 2024, we’re taking time to look again at the place we’ve traveled. Particularly, we’re the place the world-renowned Mild Toes weblog has taken us over these final 12 months. 

Our aim is to make Mild Toes our group’s go-to vacation spot for uplifting interviews with outside fanatics, helpful ideas and methods for the path, adventuresome tales from the backcountry, useful gear highlights, and all issues light-weight backpacking. Because of visitor contributors, skilled interviews, and our top-shelf, in-house inventive brainstorming workforce, we’ve printed some fairly enjoyable content material this yr, if we do say so ourselves.

To find out the most effective Mild Toes blogs from 2023, we used a extremely scientific course of that concerned trying on the variety of views every of our articles bought this yr and mixing that with an total vibe test. Following this thorough overview, we’re excited to current you with the highest 15 Mild Toes weblog posts from 2023!

We kicked off the yr with an academic piece on the seven rules of Depart No Hint (LNT). Curiosity within the outside has continued to extend every year, and we needed to offer some accessible info on how we will all scale back our impacts on the surroundings whereas we discover. Take a look at the article for a historical past of LNT rules, who ought to use them, the place to make use of them, and particulars on every.

This yr, we have been excited to launch our Quick Kumo 36 backpack, a pack made for path operating, fastpacking, and record-setting. To have fun the most recent member of our line, we additionally kicked off a weblog collection all about fastpacking, together with this introductory weblog in regards to the sport.

Our fastpacking weblog collection additionally included three visitor posts from record-setting fastpacker Jeff Garmire. He supplied tales about his background with fastpacking, ideas for freshmen, and different ideas on tips on how to make fastpacking be just right for you primarily based by yourself private objectives.

The Gossamer Gear workforce begins getting enthusiastic about our April Idiot’s Day weblog months prematurely every year. After an extended record of questionable concepts, this yr we settled on helium-filled backpacks. As a result of why take much less when helium can will let you take extra?

For Mom’s Day, we shared a visitor submission from Jennifer Stoneking-Stewart, who has hiked 1,000+ miles together with her two kiddos, now 8 and 10. The weblog was as lovable because it was informative. Jennifer detailed the “ten necessities for youths” whereas on path and mirrored on a few of her favourite recollections from their time collectively within the outside.

We launched you to our phenomenal design workforce this yr in an interview with Greg and Carrie Fritsch. We’re happy with our small, family-oriented strategy to every Gossamer Gear product. You too can study extra about this father–daughter design duo in a brief movie we launched about them earlier this yr.

Relying on the place you reside, you would possibly encounter extra rain throughout the spring and summer season months. Wet hikes throughout hotter climate require particular planning, so we shared some ideas to assist maintain our group adventuring all through popup rainstorms within the spring and summer season months.

Courageous Trails is a nonprofit working to cut back limitations that LGBTQ+ youth face to getting exterior. By way of a wide range of outdoor-focused management actions, they assist LGBTQ+ youth construct group and profit from the constructive results of time spent in nature. We interviewed Thursday Sadler, who developed and coordinates the group’s backpacking program, to study extra about their work.

Our weblog editor’s (me!) thorough, private overview of the Crotch Pot drove roughly a million gross sales of the treasured backcountry kitchen merchandise. I imply, kind of that many, ya know? We did obtain one Instagram remark about it that mentioned it was the primary overview this individual had learn that really made them need to attempt it. Our weblog editor will maintain onto that flatter for the remainder of her life, so thanks @johnpriddle. Additionally, it created many confused questions from her members of the family and shut associates.

It was actual sizzling in Texas this summer season, y’all. Ky Harkey, the chief adventurer at LoneStarParks.com, who has frolicked as a NOLS backpacking chief, Wilderness First Help teacher, and director of interpretation for Texas State Parks, wrote a visitor submit for Mild Toes on tips on how to maintain adventuring within the warmth safely. We’re grateful for the break within the warmth and know we’ll flip to this weblog for good reminders come subsequent summer season.

We have been excited to launch the DCF Whisper ultralight shelter this yr. This spacious, storm- and bug-proof shelter weighs simply 9.8 ounces and is our founder’s go-to set-up. Glen wrote a visitor weblog for Mild Toes sharing how he developed this design over time. There are solely 100 of those restricted version shelters accessible.

Our light-weight tarp shelters, the Solo Tarp and the Twinn Tarp, are nice for backcountry sleeping, however we needed to focus on a few of their different makes use of this yr too. So, our workforce gathered collectively to record 21 very sensible makes use of for the tarps that our group of light-weight, multi-use fanatics can discover. We additionally determined to launch the #GGTarpChallenge. If you happen to can show to us that you simply’ve used the Solo Tarp or Twinn Tarp for all 21 of those makes use of, attain out to our workforce for a particular prize package deal!

This yr, we bought to interview Bryan Conant, the chief director of Los Padres Forest Affiliation (LPFA), and Paul Cronshaw, one in all our great model ambassadors and an LPFA volunteer, in regards to the group’s work. Their ideas impressed all of us to seek out extra methods within the new yr to help to our public lands. You too can study extra about their annual used gear fundraising sale, which presents a lot of Gossamer Gear merchandise at nice costs!

We additionally bought to interview Gabe Vasquez, a Marine Corps veteran and lengthy distance hiker, about his work to help veterans’ psychological well being. By way of a wide range of outside adventures, Gabe has raised greater than $40,000 for Semper Fi & America’s Fund (SFF), a nonprofit that cares for the nation’s critically wounded, sick, and injured service members, veterans, and army households.

This yr, we launched a brand new daypack, the Loris 25. We additionally up to date our fashionable Vagabond Jet to recycled material and launched the Minimalist 19 in our fan-favorite colorwave, tropical mist. Having the proper daypack alongside on your adventures could make a giant distinction. We put this weblog collectively to focus on the options to search for in a daypack and evaluate 5 daypack choices we provide at Gossamer Gear.

Thank You and Blissful New 12 months!

From all of us at Gossamer Gear, we need to specific how a lot we admire you being part of our group. You made the journey an awesome one this yr and we’re excited to get to maintain mountain climbing with you into the grand vistas of the longer term. As we shut out the yr, we want you all of the happiest of trails in 2024!

Be sure that to share your adventures with us by tagging tagging Gossamer Gear on social media (@gossamergear) and utilizing the hashtag #takelessdomore. And when you’ve got an concept for a visitor weblog, be at liberty to succeed in out to korrin@gossamergear.com!



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