Glen Van Peski

Founder @ Gossamer gear

Glen Van Peski founded Gossamer Gear in 1998 in an effort to create lightweight hiking gear for use with his oldest son, Brian, in Boy Scouts. In 2005 the company expanded and moved to Austin and Grant Sible took over the helm as president and is in charge of operations, development, customer service, finance and whatever else needs to be done. Glen continues to be heavily involved in new product development and overall direction of the company.

Dubbed “The Guru of Lightness” by one writer, Glen has developed a loyal following for his innovative designs, and his commitment to showing people the “way of enlightenment” for their pack weights without unduly lightening their bank accounts. Known for his humorous, information-packed presentations, Glen is a sought-after speaker on ultralight backpacking equipment and techniques. He has been interviewed by numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Great Outdoors and Footprints magazine.

Glen is a native Californian who grew up in the western outdoors. Through his youthful involvement in Boy Scouts, he developed a love for being in the backcountry that continues to this day.

Bringing to bear his degrees in Engineering and Business Management, Glen soon started sewing his own backpacks and other gear. His personal efforts gradually developed into GVP Gear, generally acknowledged as one of the first cottage manufacturers of ultralight backpacking equipment. GVP Gear became Gossamer Gear in 2004 and in 2005 Glen handed over the day-to-day operations to Grant. Glen now is involved heavily in the development of new products and the overall direction of the company.

Glen is a past Board member of the Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA), and is the Ultralight Backpacking Program Director for Wilderness Outings, Southern California’s educationally oriented outdoor skills program. He lives in Carlsbad, California with his wife of 28 years, Francie, and has three grown sons Brian, Derek and Grant. He has hiked the majority of the California and Oregon sections of the Pacific Crest Trail, and continues to knock off chunks as time allows. Glen has also wandered the backcountry in other parts of the Western United States, and on the Appalachian Trail.