• Summer Cabin

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    Maybe in these waning days of summer you’re missing those nostalgic trips from your childhood when you and your family headed to the cabin or lake house for time together. Maybe a cabin get-away is just one of those “to do’s” you’re aching to get done. Regardless of the reason, we’re here to fan those embers deep inside. It’s time for a summer cabin get-away!

     

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    You don’t have to travel far; the real reward for cabin time is unplugging and spending time with friends and family. Cabin days start with early morning coffee on the deck, overlooking the scenery. The fresh air and lack of digital distractions make that morning cup all the better.

     

    A hearty breakfast will fuel your entire crew for morning activities. Whether it’s a bike ride, hitting up that trail you’ve been eyeing the past few months, canoeing around or taking it easy and wetting a line you’re guaranteed to have a blast. The day is all yours.

     
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    Meals don’t have to be a hurried affair - you’re on vacation. Cook up something fantastic, let meals linger and catch up with your crew.

     

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    When lunchtime is over, you can resume your morning activities or maybe it’s time to just take it easy. There’s a hammock, a porch, a slackline or a game of horseshoes calling your name. You’d hate to let them down.

     

    As the sun fades behind the peaks or dips into the water, it’s time to start winding down and think of dinner. This can be one of the most fun parts of the day as everyone pitches in, maybe opens a bottle of wine and conversation ensues. Tasty meals that don’t take too long are perfect cabin fare.

     

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    After the dishes are done, break out a board game, or better yet, have a campfire. S’mores are magical regardless of your age. If you’re lucky enough to be at a cabin that has a hot tub, you’re really living the dream. Or have a camp cocktail (we suggest a Mojito - http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/mojito) and just sit back and enjoy the stars.

     

    When it’s time for bed, you’ll know you earned your sleep. Since you’re at the cabin, it’ll be in a comfortable bed, no need to pack a tent.

     

    The next morning? Repeat!

     

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    If there’s not a “Family Cabin” to escape to, don’t fret. There are lots of rentals available. Here are just a few we’ve found scattered across the country.

     

    The 10th Mountain Huts in Colorado are probably best known for winter ski tours, but many of them can be reserved for summer get-aways as well.
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    Many state parks offer cabins and yurts for rental. Here are some links from the Pacific Northwest to New England.
    http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=reserve.dsp_cabinsyurts
    http://parks.state.wa.us/403/Cabins-Rustic-Shelters-Yurts
    http://vtstateparks.com/htm/cabinscottages.htm
    http://www.rendezvoushuts.com/

     

    Perhaps staying in a fire tower would be fun.
    http://www.firelookout.org/lookout-rentals.html
    http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/outdoors/2014/jan/15/time-reserve-forest-cabins-lookouts-summer/

     

    Even AirBNB can be a good source for cabin rentals.
    https://www.airbnb.com/s/Utah--United-States?type=cabin&s_tag=m0fmC6P5
    https://www.airbnb.com/s/Michigan--United-States?type=cabin&s_tag=MY1iq9Rl

  • Happy Birthday National Park Service

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    The National Park Service celebrates its centennial on August 25, 2016. To ring in the 100th year, all 412 national parks and monuments will offer FREE ADMISSION from August 25th through the 28th. We can't wait to take advantage of this amazing opportunity to #getoutside and discover what these Crown Jewels of our country have to offer.

     

    We have two gifts for you as well! In celebration of the National Park Services' 100th year, we’re offering FREE GROUND SHIPPING on all orders over $100 through Thursday, August 25th. If that’s not fantastic enough, we’re also giving away a Pinnacle Dualist on our Facebook page. Like our page and tell us about your next or best adventure in your favorite national park to enter to win, and we’ll draw the winner on August 28th and contact you.

     

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    Now, a little bit about the National Park Service (NPS), because knowledge is awesome. The NPS was created on August 25, 1916, although national parks existed as early as 1872 when Yellowstone was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. Prior to the establishment of the NPS, however, each park was managed individually. When President Woodrow Wilson signed the bill creating the National Park Service, he mandated the agency "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."

     

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    Here are just two ways to get you started, should you be near these spots (don’t forget to check here for parks near you):

    • 8/25-28: Grand Canyon National Park Founders Day Celebration (AZ): Park-wide celebration with food, special programs, train exhibit, naturalization ceremony, and concert.
    • 8/27: Centennial Family Festival on the National Mall (DC):The national park in the heart of the nation's capital will host a family fun day at Constitution Gardens in celebration of the National Park Service 100th anniversary.

     

    Now GO. Take the time to join the celebration; give kids the gift to explore, learn, discover, and be inspired; or simply have fun in any of the 400+ National Parks.

     

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  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner in the Pinnacle Camper

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    In a recent visit with friends, we found ourselves laughing about how much gear we take camping. It doesn’t seem to matter if it’s a quick, overnight getaway or a longer camping vacation, the amount of stuff seems pretty similar when we pack up our family. On our most recent trip however, we did it right. Enter the Pinnacle Camper. It was designed with car and family camping in mind and it is AWESOME. With two pots and lids, a fry pan, and place settings for four campers all neatly nested into a wash basin, it really is all you need for a weekend (or more) away.

     

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    While enjoying the campfire during the last evening of our mini-getaway, it occurred to me that we'd used the Pinnacle Camper every meal of our trip. I thought I’d do a quick share of both easy ideas and a couple of recipes (including a refresher on one you might have seen before here).

     

    Our first night after unpacking and setting up camp, we cooked up Mountain Meatball Soup (recipe below). It’s always a hit with our very picky 6th-grader.

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    Next morning before fishing? Nesting mugs. It’s hard to beat granola and a cup of OJ when the day is about to get hot.

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    For lunch, small plates. Fast, a little sweet and a little salty, and our kiddos are crazy for them.

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    After a beautiful hike, we settled in for an old favorite: Eggs in Purgatory. Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner?

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    Next morning before breaking camp, back to the basics with some simple perfection.

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    And now for those recipes. Sized just right for a family of 3-4.

     

    Mountain Meatball Soup

    • 1 lbs of meatballs (make beforehand or bring a package of frozen)
    • 2 14-1/2 ounce cans of beef broth
    • 1 cups water
    • ~ 1 cup fresh chopped kale or spinach
    • 3/4 cups Orzo Macaroni pasta
    • 1/2 chopped yellow onion
    • Pinch of salt and pepper
    • 1/2 tbsp. of Italian seasoning
    • Grate Fresh Parmesan cheese for topping

    Servings: 2 - 4
    Add all of the ingredients, except spinach, into your 3L Pinnacle pot and bring to a boil. Decrease heat to low and cook for 15 minutes. Stir mixture and add spinach. Cover and continue cooking for 5 minutes. Add parmesan cheese and serve.

     

    Eggs in Purgatory

    • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • ½ large onion, small dice
    • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
    • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
    • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric (if needed, curry powder would be the closest substitute)
    • ¼ teaspoon cumin
    • ¼ teaspoon paprika
    • ⅛ (a pinch or two) teaspoon ground red pepper
    • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
    • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
    • 15 ounces canned diced tomatoes (fire-roasted are delicious if you can find them)
    • 4 large eggs
    • for garnish: fresh parsley or cilantro

    Directions

    1. Heat oil over medium heat in a 10-12-inch skillet.
    2. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally until golden, about 4-5 minutes; add the garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes more. 
Lower the heat to medium-low. Add oregano, turmeric, cumin, paprika, red pepper, black pepper and salt. Cook about 1 minute to toast spices.
    3. Add tomatoes, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and continue to cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Using a potato masher or back of large spoon, crush the tomatoes a bit.
Crack the eggs into the sauce and cover. Simmer gently until the whites are set and the yolk is still runny.
    4. Salt and pepper to taste. 
To serve, spoon sauce over prepared polenta or grits; top with egg(s). Sprinkle with fresh parsley or cilantro. Serve with toasted bread.

     

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    As a bonus, each of the place settings is color-coded, so if someone steals your plate (or cocktail; hey, we all have THAT friend), you’ll know.

     

    How do you use your Pinnacle Camper?

  • Outdoor Retailer Show Recap

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    Last week. WOW.
    We just got back from the Summer OR show in Salt Lake City. Every year we look forward to going to this week in Utah as a time to completely rejuvenate in this outdoor gear industry. It’s a fulfilling and exhausting week that’s so full of excitement for new products all around, good competitiveness that makes us all better at what we do, and an incredible time to catch up with old and new friends.
    Want a little snippet of how we spent the week?

     

    Fundraising and a Giveaway at OR.
    This is our heart. GSI, and many vendors at OR, share a purpose in designing gear to get people outside. There is an incredible foundation out there called The Outdoor Foundation, whose purpose is to get young people excited about being outside and then get them there. Kids who might not have the means or gear or inspiration to explore and adventure are supported through the great work of The Outdoor Foundation. This year at OR, The Outdoor Foundation threw a party, The Outsiders Ball, to raise money to get young people outside. GSI sponsored the bar and donated special screen-printed GSI Glacier Stainless Steel cups with the Outsiders Ball logo, which left in the hands of every attendee. Together, we all raised $250,000 that evening and kicked off an incredibly fun week in SLC. Bonus? Ninety cents of every single dollar goes straight back into that work. Again. WOW.

     

     

    New GSI Products.
    Booth 18017, our home-away-from-home for the week, was once again located on Main Street. We can’t say it enough - we loved talking with everyone who came by, whether we chatted about new stuff or just shot the breeze. It’s so much fun sharing the products we’re passionate about, whether they are tried and true classics or new innovations ready to roll out. This past week, we were able to give a sneak peak of two products that are coming soon: The Fairshare II and the much anticipated Microlite bottle. Check it out.

     

    The New Fairshare II.
    After listening to consumers' feedback on the original Fairshare, we removed the bulky handle and added a coozie to this updated version. The Fairshare II is designed to pack in your bag while nesting other products, or you can carabiner it to the outside of your pack.

     

    The Microlite 500 bottle.
    This product will be ready for rollout on our website this week and we’re so excited about this .5L bottle! Not only is the Microlite 500 unimaginably light (a 1/3 lighter and 60% thinner than traditional vacuum bottles on the market), it has a locking flip-top lid and is available in six different colors. It will also keep your coffee hot or your water cold for 8 hours - you can take it with you on every adventure.

     

    Hockey, eh?
    Three words: Rusty Blades Cup. Seeing as the founders of GSI Outdoors are Canadian, hockey is our gig, and it has rightly become a tradition at the Outdoor Retailer show. In fact, we’ve played every winter and summer show for over 10 years. Any guesses on who won the Cup? Keep in mind: hockey, laughing, pizza, beer, falls, and a shootout. Always a good formula for a great night. And Canadians.

  • 100% BPA Free

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    As a company of outdoor enthusiasts, the health and well-being of our planet is very important to us, as are our customers and personal connections. Innovation, outdoor experiences, and the health benefits rewarded from time outside are core to our company values. Recently, we’ve been asked a few times about BPA and our products. In a nutshell:

     

    Any of our product surfaces that come into contact with food or beverages ARE 100% BPA FREE!

     

    Now, what’s that even mean and why is it important?

     

    BPA (Bisphenol A) is an industrial chemical that has been used since the ’50’s to make polycarbonate plastic resins, epoxy resins, and other products. Polycarbonate - a strong, resilient, and often transparent plastic - is similar to the material with which we make our water bottles and Infinity tableware. Until the early 2000’s almost all outdoor bottles contained BPA.

     

    gsi-tablewear-bpa-freeThere have been over 1,000 animal studies on BPA. As early as the 1930’s it was found to mimic the effects of estrogen in the human body. The evidence from other studies link BPA to alterations in fertility, increased cancer risk, cardiovascular problems, impaired brain development, and others. Obviously this is nasty stuff. We don’t want it in our products because we don’t want it in our bodies and likely, you don’t either.

     

    In 2008, the president of the largest Canadian outdoor retailer went against the plastic conglomerates (on the recommendation of Health Canada) and refused to buy or sell any more polycarbonate water bottles because of the presence of BPA endocrine disruptors. The outdoor equipment consumer market, being what it is, small yet powerful, basically outlawed any product with BPA. This action literally killed the North American Polycarbonate water bottle market overnight. Massive orders were cancelled, but leadership in companies like Innate, GSI Outdoors, and Kleen Kanteen jumped in to fill that gap with clean, BPA-free stainless steel water bottles.

     

    cat-trowelAs a company, we’re most proud of our unique approach to handling a full warehouse of unsafe polycarbonate water bottles. We separated the tops from the bottles then shipped the polycarbonate bottles back to our factory in China. There, they were chipped up and mixed with some fiberglass, and our Cat Hole trowel was born. To take things one step further, because of its upcycled pedigree, we partnered with Leave No Trace and, to this day, are giving back a percentage of our profits to further fund Leave No Trace’s mission.

     

    Today, our transparent plastic products are made out of Polypropylene. Polypropylene does not leach chemicals into your food, will not impart that “plasticy” flavor into your food and does not absorb odors and colors from your food. As an added bonus Polypropylene is 100% recyclable.

     

    Check out our bottles.

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