GGG--What is it? This recent post by Tony Wong explains the history and some of what GGG is about. Thank you Tony and also thanks for the write up/interview of Ken Thompson regarding advise for organizing a GGG. It's been my planning guide since I decided to do the GGG/SoCal.
What is the G.G.G and its History on 01/24/2014 23:49:54 MST Reply Report Post Print View
The G.G.G. stands for Gathering of Gear Geeks, which has been an annual winter gathering of lightweight/ultralight backpackers in the California Bay Area.
This is the 6th year that it is being held.
It is open to anyone....traditional and lightweight backpackers, anyone interested in learning about UL backpacking.
The 1st one was organized by Ken Helwig, a BPL member, and was held at Point Reyes, CA. and had about 15-17 people attend.
Successive G.G.G. were co-organized by Ken Helwig and Ken Thompson until we outgrew the group sites there.
At that point, the G.G.G. was moved to Henry Coe State Park in CA/Bay Area, which would allow groups of up to 100 people.
Eventually, Ken Thompson became the sole organizer of the G.G.G with generous help from fellow BPLers who donated water and firewood, which the Rangers at Henry Coe State Park would allow to be trucked into the group sites.
Recently, UL Cottage Gear Manufactures have been coming out to the G.G.G. to enjoy the gathering and to show their products. In fact, last year we have had Ron Moak from Six Moon designs with Brian Frankle, founder of ULA Backpacks, announce a new partnership and showed pro-type product and to get feedback from the UL Community via the GGG attendees.
People have traveled from all across California to attend and we have had a handful of people fly in from other States to attend.
What is nice about the G.G.G., in my opinion, is that it is a great way to check out the large variety of UL/Lightweight gear that you typically can only see in photos online. More importantly, it is about people making friends, sharing their love of the outdoors, swapping stories, sharing knowledge, finding people to take backpacking trips with....etc.
It is casual and inclusive- everyone is welcome, no matter if they are new to backpacking or long time travelers.
Within the past two years, there have been other G.G.G.s that have popped up around the U.S./country.
Hope this helps explain what the G.G.G. is.