This month, LightHeart Gear founder Judy Gross will be taking on the Coast2Coast hike across Sweden, and we can’t wait to hear all about the adventure. She will be trekking from the eastern coast of the Baltic in Kalmar to the western coast in Varberg, with the total distance around 248 miles. The event has been held annually since 2013, and attracts hikers from all over the globe. Coast2Coast Sweden was originally organized by Jörgen Johansson and Jonas Hållén, who continue to aid as guides for the event each year.
First and foremost, I am very fortunate to have a wonderful husband who manages my food and mail drops when I’m hiking. He not only enables me to hike, but actively encourages me to follow my dreams. He also feeds the dogs, the cat, and manages the house and LightHeart Gear while I’m off gallivanting around the world.
One common complaint (or perhaps it’s not a complaint) among hikers is their clothing stinks. Even when the clothing has been properly laundered the stink is back within minutes of putting it back on your body. The reason is the chemical properties of the fabric.
Here at LightHeart Gear, we're not all about ultralight backpacking tents! We also sponsor an awesome Cyclocross athlete, Rebecca Gross. Rebeccas has been making huge strides in the world of Cyclocross, and if you don’t know who she is yet, you will soon enough. The first question you might be asking yourself is what in the world is Cyclocross? It’s a specific type of bike racing that involves all kinds of unique obstacles and required skill sets as well as different environments that would challenge even the seasoned biker. This article from CX Magazine helps to further explain the details around this ruggedly awesome sport.
This blog post is not meant to be an end all of how to prepare for a winter hike. Winter hiking in the south – where LightHeart Gear is based – is different than winter hiking at higher elevations and deeper snow where avalanches can occur. Winter hiking in the New Hampshire White Mountains, the Rocky Mountains or the Sierras is not something I am familiar with, but hiking in North Carolina during the winter months is delightful.
The holidays are quickly approaching, and you've been too busy riding/climbing/biking/hiking/camping to go shopping. Fear not, the Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina are here with suggestions a-plenty.
Contrary to popular belief, dental floss is NOT a good choice to use as thread to repair gear in the field. While floss is readily available, an understanding of what dental floss is will help explain why it’s not best for sewing.
I consider the inside of my LightHeart Gear tent my “Mosquito Free Zone”. Any hole or tear in the netting voids that space. The last thing I want at night is the whine of a mosquito buzzing in my ear as I try to sleep – let alone waking up covered in nasty bites.
Appalachia is known for Iits superb craftsmanship, and the world of outdoor gear is no exception. Some of the industry’s best equipment is made right here.
The idea for LightHeart Gear was conceived on the Appalachian Trail when a nurse practitioner and lifelong seamstress named Judy Gross realized that the four pound tent she’d be hauling around for hundreds of miles was inadequate and decided it was time to make her own.
“While hiking the Appalachian Trail, I met a guy who had a tent that, quite frankly, pissed me off. It was a lot lighter than mine and it was huge – like a palace,” Judy remembers from the experience. “I was schlepping a 4 ½ lb, 2-person tent. A tent that was really only large enough for 1 ½ people.”
With a strong knowledge of pattern making, she set about designing her own tent. The original plan was to just sew one for herself, but that was before Judy showed her prototype to a few friends and received some seriously positive feedback. She made the decision to launch the LightHeart Solo, and Lightheart gear was born. The unusual design of the LightHeart Solo provides for spacious headroom, allowing even tall individuals to sit up inside without hitting their head and plenty of length for sleeping comfortably.
What we recommend: The Lightheart Solo Tent
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