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Third Party Relationship Disclosures
I am a Trail Ambassador for Gossamer Gear, a boutique manufacturer of ultralight backpacks and shelters located in Austin, Texas. I am not compensated monetarily for this activity, but I do receive pre-market product prototypes for field testing and loaner products for gear demonstrations. These gear demonstrations are for educational purposes only and include products made by other manufacturers that are owned by myself or loaned by other attendees. Gossamer Gear periodically publishes articles about my educational outreach activities on the Gossamer Gear web site.
I am a member of Team RailRiders for the clothing manufacturer RailRiders . I am not compensated monetarily for this activity, but I do receive pre-market product prototypes for testing.
I am a part-time employee of Andrew Skurka Adventures LLC.
I am a part-time contractor for Gossamer Gear.
I am a featured gear reviewer on Sierra Trading Post’s SocialHub web site.
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