Thanks to everyone who came out in the beautiful weather to enjoy themselves in the revelry that is the GGG. Please post your photos and such here to share. You were a great group this year!
The gear to be seen of course did not disappoint. Many mouths agape walking around camp, Awesome.
More children this year. They had a good time as well. Quite a few repeat offenders this time. Nice to see you all again.
The dynamic has changed though. We now have more people than can converge around a single fire anymore. We were more spread out this year. Also this year marked the change that more people came out for both night instead of just Saturday night.
Wide range of topics discussed. Always someone to geek out with.
I really appreciate all the good feedback and words of appreciation and encouragement from everyone. So much so that I'm game to do it again.
You are the reason the GGG is successful. With such a wide range of ages and social and economic backgrounds being able to come together and play nice with each other. So funny to hear from so many how they usually do the solo thing, but were glad to have come to this event.
Special thanks to the cottage manufacturers that attended. Dave from Gossamer Gear was great and had some interesting things to show off. Russ, his son and his brother Lee from Trail Designs were a hoot as well, also bringing a few surprises. Peter Vacco, living legend, and owner of Peter's Headnets always brings a special flair to these events and is always a welcome addition. Dear friend and the knitting powerhouse behind Mountaingoat Hats, Katharina makes every trip a pleasure and spreads warmth one head at a time.
Thanks to Hikin' Jim for the marathon stove demo. A long drive for him as well. I wound up with your cooler.
All my helpers this weekend made my weekend all not work, so thanks to Tony Wong, The Real Jack Elliot, Iceaxe, Cameron aka B.G. for the fantastic home brewed beer. Jay Wilkerson, Dave Lutz(sorry to stick you with the trash, unintentional, but fortuitous),Marc Eldridge, and Josh Billings. Thank you all so much.
Diana V. Pure pleasure, thanks for the single malt. And a proper glass to drink from.
Henry Coe Ranger, Jennifer Naber and the volunteers were easy to work with and appreciated the cooperation they received from our "well prepared bunch".
Thanks again to all of you.
I made some new friends and hopefully hiking partners. I'll keep you all in the loop.
I kept too occupied "working the room" to take any photos. So don't hold back, post yours here.
Got a lot of constructive suggestions for next time from the optimists. If you have some thoughts on how I can make this event better, please don't hold back. PM me if you would.
I look at the members here at BPL as an extended family. I gladly put this together for all of us to enjoy. I'm so glad that 60 out of 70, could have been a few more I lost count, turned out and participated. It looked to me like most were having a enjoyable time, and many said that they were.
To those who were on the fence about coming and did not. Well there is next year.
Thanks again to Ken Helwig for thinking up this event, and getting Trail Designs and Gossamer Gear to show.
Thanks to to BPL for the site/forums that make the largest gathering of your members happen. Even though you seem to be fairly unaware that this event goes on. I think we got some new members for you.