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Scoutmaster Nick Brooks Reflects on Troop 1906’s First Backpacking Trip

Nick Brooks is an Atlanta-based teacher and father of two boys. He’s passionate about time spent in the great outdoors and is on a mission to share that passion with others. Nick mentors youth through his role with a local Boy Scouts troop, many of whom haven’t previously had easy access to wilderness and outdoor adventure planning.

Nick’s enthusiasm for backpacking and creating an inclusive space for outdoor skill-building and exploration resonates greatly with all of us at Gossamer Gear. Plus, he runs the fantastic account Outdoor Gear and Beer, which pretty much speaks for itself. Definitely check it out for outdoor inspiration and post-trail refreshments.

Interview with Nick Brooks, Leader of Boy Scouts Troop 1906 in Atlanta, Georgia

We caught up with Nick to learn about how he got involved with Troop 1906 in Atlanta, what it was like taking a group of young men on their first backpacking trip, and how Gossamer Gear played a role in keeping the troop’s pack weight down.

Read the complete interview by Korrin Bishop here.


May 8, 2022

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While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.

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The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).

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SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan

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