As we hike towards the promising dawn of 2022, we’re taking slightly time to look again at our journey by means of the peaks, valleys, and plateaus of 2021. One lovely fixed all through this voyage has been the world-renowned Gentle Toes weblog.
What was as soon as upon a time a small dream on a map in a faraway land has turn out to be a staple in households throughout the globe. That is because of our many fabulous contributors and model ambassadors who share their knowledge, journey tales, and equipment hacks with us every week.
So, as we shut out this chapter and put together for subsequent yr’s grand tales, we’ve rounded up 16 of one of the best Gentle Toes blogs from this yr. We invite you to pack up your Vagabond and make a journey with us down reminiscence lane.
Model Ambassador and tremendous groovy human Heather “Anish” Anderson launched her second e-book in March 2021, Mud, Rocks, Blazes: Letting Go on the Appalachian Path, and we received to interview her.
Our very personal Sarah del Puerto wrote a bit sharing the historical past of BIPOC people in our nationwide parks and the way we will hold working to make these areas extra inclusive.
Christine Martens shared each the professionals and cons of changing into a climbing information from her years of expertise main journeys.
Model Ambassador and photographer extraordinaire Emily Schrick shared a heart-warming story about climbing the JMT together with her mother and what the 2 discovered from each other.
We received to interview Model Ambassador and Queen of the AZT Sirena Rana about her e-book revealed in Might 2021, Greatest Day Hikes on the Arizona Nationwide Scenic Path.
We requested our Gossamer Gear neighborhood for concepts on what to carry thru-hikers whereas they’re on the path and so they delivered with some actual gems.
Model Ambassador and Smoky Mountain climbing badass Nancy East penned a Halloween-inspired piece about how one can get pleasure from haunts in Southern Appalachia.
We rounded up some ways to make use of carabiners and inspired you all to purchase three dozen of them, and YOU DID.
We interviewed Matthew Fox about his expertise with Warrior Expeditions and the way the nonprofit helped him full the Triple Crown and work by means of his PTSD.
Model Ambassadors Carolyn Blessing and Jeff Podmayer wrote a collection of posts about their journey climbing each the Appalachian Path and the Continental Divide Path in 2021 as a approach of forming their marriage to at least one one other and modeled what real love and dedication appear to be.
We interviewed Sandy Heath, a PhD candidate within the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Administration Division at Clemson College about queer experiences in outside recreation.
Model Ambassador Kathy “OBAL Unbranded” Vaughan wrote some lovely end-of-year, Thanksgiving reflections a couple of journey she took with a pal within the backcountry of the North Cascades in Washington.
Model Ambassador and beer connoisseur Nick Brooks did a Q&A with us to share all of his ideas and methods for having fun with a chilly one within the nice outdoor.
Gossamer Gear Founder and main proponent of light-weight backpacking, Glen Van Peski, wrote a bit on how one can each baffle customs brokers and pack all the pieces you want for a 10-day journey to Italy in a single 23-liter bag .
Our weblog editor (it’s me, however writing within the third particular person feels much less weak) wrote a love letter to the Gossamer Gear full zip hoodie, which remains to be very a lot her favourite hoodie.
Thank You and Completely satisfied New 12 months!
From all of us at Gossamer Gear, we need to specific how a lot we admire you being part of our neighborhood. You made this yr an awesome one even when the trail felt slightly murky at instances. We want everybody glad trails in 2022!