take less. do more.

Glen Van Peski

The Godfather of ultralight backpacking



Glen’s new book translates his numerous and varied adventure stories into day-to-day wisdom, offering incredible insight amid heart-thumping expedition tales, and providing practical tips and advice, not just for those wanting to lower their pack weight for their wilderness or overseas adventures, but also for those wanting to move more lightly through life.


Hello, I’m Glen Van Peski, and I’m glad you landed here. I’ve worked hard over the last forty years to move towards humility, generosity, service and gratitude, a little bit every week. Along the way, I’ve had a varied career in civil engineering and ended up accidentally founding a backpacking gear company, Gossamer Gear. As an engineer, I’m always looking for better ways to do things. I’ve figured out a few things over the years, in ultralight backpacking, and life in general, that people have found helpful. I’m a lifelong learner and eternally curious, so I invite you to hike alongside for a while and chat about what matters.

Glens gear list

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  • Multi Day Hikes
  • Day Hikes
  • Solo Adventurer

In Their Words

In Their Words

  • Francis Tapon

    World explorer Francis Tapon interviews Glen on his WanderLearn podcast, while hiking. Among other interesting facts, you can learn some metric conversion tricks.

  • Liberty Through Wealth

    A conversation walking along a dusty road in Tuscany gives renowned investment advisor Alexander Green a different way to think about retirement.

  • Mountainsmith

    It had always been a dream of Glen’s to head into the backcountry for a 3-day trip with only a lumbar pack. A chance meeting at Outdoor Retailer in the Mountainsmith booth put the wheels in motion for just such a trip.

Entrepreneur/engineer, Author/Speaker, Philanthropist/Dishwasher

Glen Van Peski

“Work hard and be nice.”–Michael Frant

Glen Van Peski is known by the trail name “Legend” for his legendary contributions to the backpacking community. A native Californian, Van Peski grew up in the western outdoors, and when his oldest son joined Scouts, he led the Troop’s backpacking program. Through those experiences, he became intrigued by lightweight backpacking. He started sewing his own gear and eventually started his own company, manufacturing ultralight backpacking equipment. Glen and his company have been featured in Backpacker, Outside, and National Geographic Adventure magazines, and the New York Times.

Van Peski is an internationally sought-after speaker known for his inspiring, humorous, information-packed presentations. He has hiked most of the Pacific Crest Trail, has wandered the backcountry in Japan and Europe, and bike packed on the Great Divide. He lives in Bend, Oregon with Francie, his wife of over forty years, and is the father to two grown sons.

I’m a husband, father, Christian and tinkerer.

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

– Antoine de Saint Exupéry

take less. do more…




Here’s where you can catch Glen, in person or online, and hear some great stories, and get some tips for lightening your load!

  • May 2, 2024

    Author Event – Roundabout Books

    Glen will be speaking and signing copies of take less. do more. Surprising Life Lessons in Generosity, Gratitude and Curiosity from an Ultralight Backpacker. Details on signing up coming soon from Roundabout Books


  • April TBD, 2024

    Glen will be making comments from his book take less. do more. Surprising Life Lessons in Generosity, Gratitude and Curiosity from an Ultralight Backpacker. This will be a benefit for MountainStar Family Relief Nursery, and all proceeds from the sale of books at the event will be donated to MountainStar, in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention month in April.


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