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Tasmania’s Overland Track with HMG Ambassador Forrest McCarthy

HMG’s Ambassadors are the testers, critics and storytellers of our products. They put our gear through the paces in the worlds toughest playgrounds and give us critical feedback which helps us drive product development. They also help us spread the good word about HMG’s backpacks, tents/shelters and accessories — while regularly making us jealous of what they’re doing in the field. This past winter HMG Ambassador Forrest McCarthy traveled to Tasmania with his wife Amy McCarthy to take on the Overland Track — one of Tasmania’s premier hiking routes. Read on for the report . . .

Putting up a new route in Alaska with HMG Ambassador Seth Timpano

HMG Ambassador Seth Timpano is a world class mountaineer and guide. He has led him on climbing trips throughout the globe including: Antarctica, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Alaska, Canada, Spain, France, Italy, Thailand, Nepal and New Zealand. We recently found out that Seth took a pretty bad fall into a crevasse, 55 feet, but luckily walked away with it with minor injuries and a mild concussion. Seth told us the HMG pack he was wearing might have helped pad my fall — we’re not sure about that, but we psyched that Seth is fully recovered and planning some exciting new expeditions for this coming year. Read on for Seth’s report on a new route he and some friends put up in Alaska this summer. Awesome photos by Jared Vilhauer.

Packrafting the Chetco River with HMG Ambassador Mike Curiak

HMG Ambassador Mike Curiak’s passion is mountain biking. He’s hand built over 7,000 29″ wheels in the last decade. In that time he’s ridden over 40,000 trail miles on wheels he’s built for himself — racing along the spine of the continent, bashing and banging through the red rock desert, plus everywhere and everything in between: gravel, sand, and snow as well as miles and miles of twisty, turny, rooty, ledgy, carvy, hoppy and flowy singletrack. When he’s on the trail or in the backcountry, HMG’s lightweight gear helps him cover ground faster and with greater efficiency. Like many HMG gear users, Mike has expanded his backcountry adventures to include some of the other activities HMG loves — read on for Mike’s report on his recent packrafting trip on Oregon’s Chetco River . . .

Neon, Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail – (Segment 6)

By the end of the day, Neon had an entirely brand new setup of equipment free of charge.With the ultralight and rain-proof HMG Windrider 2400 HMG trimmed Neon’s pack weight significantly which should make the next 1,700 miles to Maine even more fun. As a way of saying “Thank You” to Mike and the rest of the HMG team, Neon has been keeping us all up to date with periodic posts and pictures from the AT. We hope that you’ll check in regularly to follow Neon along the trail! Here’s Neon’s sixth post from the trail . . .

Neon, Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail (Segment 5)

One of the people HMG met at this year’s Trail Days festival was a thru-hiker named Brenna (trail name “Neon”). Unfortunately, Brenna had all of her gear stolen from her tent while she was exploring the festival. When HMG founder Mike St. Pierre heard what had happened to Neon, he decided to hook her up with a free HMG Windrider 2400 pack as well as a some other free HMG products. Mike also spread her story among other equipment vendors at the festival. By the end of the day, Neon had an entirely brand new setup of equipment free of charge.With the ultralight and rain-proof HMG Windrider 2400 HMG trimmed Neon’s pack weight significantly which should make the next 1,700 miles to Maine even more fun. As a way of saying “Thank You” to Mike and the rest of the HMG team, Neon has been keeping us all up to date with periodic posts and pictures from the AT. We hope that you’ll check in regularly to follow Neon along the trail! Here’s Neon’s fourth post from the trail . . .

To Hell and Back — Across North America’s Deepest Canyon with Steve Graepel

Two hours from Boise, but a world away from the daily grind, the Snake River cuts through the narrows bordering Oregon, Idaho and Washington. Its here where over 60,000 CFS has carved the deepest gorge in North America. Yes, Hells Canyon cuts deeper than the Grand, plunging 8,000 feet inside the 10-mile gap. Yet as best the record showed, this plumb-line remained un-run as an out and back inside a single push. Mike James and HMG Ambassador Steve Graepel ventured out on a whim to set the first known Rim-Rim-Rim. Read on for Steve’s report.

Hike Fast. Paddle Hard. Dance All Night. — The First Annual AK Packrafting Festival.

This past July HMG Ambassador Luc Mehl and friends participated in the first annual McCarthy Creek Packraft Race and Whitewater Festival in Wrangel Mountains of Alaska. We’re hoping this event, organized by Kennicott Wilderness Guides and McCarthy River Tours and Outfitters, will become and annual happening. HMG is psyched to support the rapidly growing packrafting community by making some of the best packrafting packs available.

Neon, Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail (Segment 4)

One of the people HMG met at this year’s Trail Days festival was a thru-hiker named Brenna (trail name “Neon”). Unfortunately, Brenna had all of her gear stolen from her tent while she was exploring the festival. When HMG founder Mike St. Pierre heard what had happened to Neon, he decided to hook her up with a free HMG Windrider 2400 pack as well as a some other free HMG products. Mike also spread her story among other equipment vendors at the festival. By the end of the day, Neon had an entirely brand new setup of equipment free of charge.With the ultralight and rain-proof HMG Windrider 2400 HMG trimmed Neon’s pack weight significantly which should make the next 1,700 miles to Maine even more fun. As a way of saying “Thank You” to Mike and the rest of the HMG team, Neon has been keeping us all up to date with periodic posts and pictures from the AT. We hope that you’ll check in regularly to follow Neon along the trail! Here’s Neon’s fourth post from the trail . . .

Neon, Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail – (Segment 3)

Every year Appalachian Trail thru hikers, gear heads and dreamers flock to Damascus, Virginia for the annual “Trail Days” festival.  This year, Trail Days was held from May 17-19 and attracted thousands of outdoor enthusiasts from all over the globe. Hyperlite Mountain Gear attends Trail Days every year to meet fellow enthusiasts and show off some of […]

Peter on the CDT – Grants to Cuba (Segment 6)

For 2013 Hyperlite Mountain Gear is sponsoring one thru-hiker on each of the Appalachian Trail (AT), Continental Divide Trail (CDT) and Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) with one of HMG’s ultralight, cuben fiber backpacks. Here’s the fifth update from the trail by Peter, HMG’s sponsored CDT hiker. Peter (trail name “CzechXpress”) will keep all of us […]