This is my personal blog and all opinions and observations are based on my own experience.  This blog does not reflect the views of the National Park Service or any of my other employers. In accordance with Federal Trade Commission regulations, I state at the bottom of my product reviews whether a manufacturer has provided a free product (or compensation) for my review.   All products described have been paid for by me with my own money unless otherwise stated.


I am a former Trail Ambassador for Gossamer Gear, a manufacturer of ultralight backpacking gear located in Austin, Texas.  Gossamer Gear provided me with gear to test and for demonstrations and teaching purposes.  However, I don't receive any financial compensation from Gossamer Gear, am under no obligation to make favorable reviews, and all reviews are based on my own opinions.


  1. Hi Joan,

    Great site....would like to email with you regarding the Arizona Trail....is this possible? wjf57@msn.com

    1. Absolutely- I just sent you a message. My email address is on my "about me" page as well.