Posted by Adventure 16 | 04.13.2017


Have you ever wanted to lighten the weight of your backpack, to increase  your enjoyment in the backcountry, or to allow you to get deeper into the mountains? Join Glen Van Peski, founder and chairman of Gossamer Gear, for a great video and presentation about specific steps you can take to achieve more lightness on the trail.  See the complete set of gear that Glen assembled off the shelves of A-16 for a high Sierra trip that weighs under 6 lbs.



You will learn the basic precepts to lightening your load, with specific examples that you can apply to your own gear list.  You will leave with a new appreciation that it’s actually SKILLS that allow you to be safe and comfortable with minimal gear, so  you can make a plan and start acquiring those skills.  You may well leave with a prize too, as Glen always includes a raffle!

Wednesday, May 17:  A16 San Diego Store
Friday, May 19: A16 West Los Angeles Store

The first 50 people to each event will receive a sample PROBAR nut butter.


Glen Van Peski is a native Californian who grew up in the western outdoors.  He founded Gossamer Gear, a leading manufacturer of ultralight backpacking gear, and still serves as its chairman.  A professional engineer registered in 3 western states and a licensed land surveyor, Glen serves as director of Community & Economic Development for the City of Carlsbad, where he also lives.  

Known for his humorous, information-packed presentations, Glen is an internationally sought-after speaker on ultralight backpacking equipment and techniques.  He has been interviewed by numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Footprints magazine.  Dubbed "The Guru of Lightness" by one writer, Glen has developed a loyal following for his innovative ideas, and his commitment to showing people the "way of enlightenment”.  

He has hiked most of the California and Oregon sections of the Pacific Crest Trail. Glen has wandered the backcountry in Japan, and closer to home in the Weminuche Wilderness, Wind River Range, the Tetons, the Beartooths, and other parts of the western United States.  His forays have included sections of the Continental Divide Trail and the Appalachian Trail.

Fun Fact: Glen bicycled [4,200 miles] across the United States in 1976.