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Beat the Heat On Your Summer Adventures

Beat the Heat On Your Summer Adventures

    Summer is the season of outdoor adventure: the sun is shining, the snow has melted, wildflowers pop up, and blue skies abound. But summer is also the season of miserable, sweltering, merciless heat - which can make heading outdoors for an adventure seem like insanity.   Whether you...

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Your Guide to Perfectly Ground Camp Coffee

Your Guide to Perfectly Ground Camp Coffee

      The best adventures start with coffee. There's nothing easy about dragging yourself out of your warm sleeping bag and tent before the sun comes up, but a steaming cup of camp coffee sure makes the back soreness and lack of plumbing a little more bearable.    ...

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Camp furniture and storage? We've got that too.

Camp furniture and storage? We've got that too.

          We've been creating the finest Outdoor Cookware since 1985. But we soon realized that unless you like cooking in the dirt and mud, you need quality camp furniture. Many campsites are lacking in proper cooking surfaces and there aren't a lot of picnic tables to...

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Dutch Oven Pizzas

Dutch Oven Pizzas

    On this week's episode of Foods I Didn't Think I Could Make While Camping, we present: Dutch Oven Pizzas!   That's right: you can enjoy a deliciously baked pizza right at your own campsite. With a little effort and lots of help from our camp Dutch Ovens, you'll...

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How to Celebrate a Flameless Fourth

How to Celebrate a Flameless Fourth

      Fire and the Fourth of July go together like America and bald eagles. When the most American of American holidays rolls around, it's become customary to start up the barbecue, build a mean campfire, and of course, light off fireworks in the name of independence. We get...

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3 Ways to Cool Down With Camp Iced Coffee

3 Ways to Cool Down With Camp Iced Coffee

    Every adventure starts with coffee - whether that means tackling a 14’er or heading into the office for a ten meeting Monday. We take coffee brewing techniques very seriously around here because we rely on coffee to get us through our day (perhaps a little more than we...

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When to Retire Your Old Cookware

When to Retire Your Old Cookware

    Old gear is the best.      There’s old gear like the first tent you ever bought when you were young because you had a $50 gift card and you saw it hanging majestically from the ceiling of a grocery store for $49.99. The price was right, the...

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Here's Why You Should Bring a French Press On Your Next Camping Trip

Here's Why You Should Bring a French Press On Your Next Camping Trip

    The French have an uncanny ability to make a good thing much, much better. Bread is nice, French Bread is delicious. French Toast takes regular toast to the next level. Make a braid or a kiss into a French one, and voila! Instant improvement. Fries are great, but...

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How to Prepare for a Rainy Camping Trip

How to Prepare for a Rainy Camping Trip

    Your campsite’s booked, your bags are packed, you’re ready to get away for the weekend on that first spring camping trip. There’s only one thing standing in the way of your plans for a weekend of sleeping under the stars and cooking by the campfire: the weather.  ...

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Not Your Grandma's Cookware: Classics Get An Upgrade

Not Your Grandma's Cookware: Classics Get An Upgrade

    It seems like everyone’s doing things the old fashioned way these days: listening to records, buying veggies at farmers markets, and practicing film photography; some dedicated folks are even going back to using typewriters.     The good news is, you don’t have to revert to using an...

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Everything You Need to Know About Microlites

Everything You Need to Know About Microlites

    These days, reusable water bottles are no longer just environmentally friendly: they’re engineered with the latest top secret temperature engineering technology. It’s come to the point where your bottle might be one of the most high-tech pieces in your gear collection. This technology overload has led to heavy...

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Camping Fails and How to Prevent Them

Camping Fails and How to Prevent Them

    Camping is one of the best ways to escape your busy schedule and center yourself in what Mother Nature has to offer. There’s nothing quite like waking up to the dawn of a new day under a forest canopy surrounded by fresh mountain air. A weekend camping trip...

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5 Camp Breakfasts That Will Make You Actually Want to Leave Your Sleeping Bag

5 Camp Breakfasts That Will Make You Actually Want to Leave Your Sleeping Bag

    We know the feeling. You’re awakened at an ungodly hour by a vocally blessed bird that has convinced itself it was a rooster in a past life. Everything around you is covered by a layer of wet, as you’ve yet to master the art of tent condensation prevention...

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Camp Knives That Will Make You Cut Out Dull Meals

Camp Knives That Will Make You Cut Out Dull Meals

  We’re going to take a stab in the dark and guess that you’re not quite as obsessed with knife technology as the design nerds at GSI are. In fact, you’d probably find the intricate details of knife design quite dull; you just want a knife that isn’t. Therefore, we...

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What to Get the Adventurer Who Has Everything

What to Get the Adventurer Who Has Everything

    They say the holiday season is all about giving - but what do you give that one friend who has everything? It’s not easy to have a gearhead on your list, because trying to track down a gadget they don’t already have can make you feel like the...

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Don't Leave Your Leftovers Behind

Don't Leave Your Leftovers Behind

  The relatives are gone, the card table is back in the closet, and your bags are packed for your #optoutside adventure. Then the age old post-Thanksgiving dilemma hits you: what are you going to do with all that extra food?     No matter how big your family is...

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Soup Season

Soup Season

    It took long enough, but there are suddenly signs of winter here in the PNW. The crunch of leaves underfoot has been replaced with the crunch of ice melt. Flecks of bright orange are barely visible under a fresh dusting of snow. Folks are trading trucker hats for...

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Nest Level Nesting Gear

Nest Level Nesting Gear

    When it comes to the best camp cooking gear, we’re not winging it. We push ourselves to design nest level gear that our customers will be raven about for years to come. One of our favorite eggstraordinary features to include in our products is nesting capability, to save...

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Partyware? Anywhere!

Partyware? Anywhere!

  For many, fall represents the transition to sweaters, raking leaves, and pumpkin spice everything. For those of us with adult beverages on our minds, fall also means it’s time for Oktoberfest, tailgating, ciders, autumn ales, and Irish coffee. ‘Tis the season to party!         Partying in...

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GSI Joe

GSI Joe

  As you may have noticed from your Instagram feeds filled with latte art, today is National Coffee Day. If you’re like me, you rely on coffee to get you through each day without doing or saying things you regret. Whether you only indulge sparingly on early mornings or drink...

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Out-toberfest

Out-toberfest

Mid-September is here, and you beer-lovers know what that means: Oktoberfest. Yet for most of us, a two week trip to Munich just isn’t in our budget (maybe if we didn’t spend so much money on beer?). The good news is, you can beat the crowds and save some money...

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BCBBQ (Backcountry BBQ)

BCBBQ (Backcountry BBQ)

Many people call outdoor activities like camping “food for the soul.” While feeding your soul is a big part of backcountry adventuring, we think feeding your stomach is just as important. Freeze dried food gets the job done, but pouring hot water into a bag can be underwhelming to those...

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Camp Site Hero

Camp Site Hero

You’ve just spent 45 minutes building a fire, wrapping potatoes in tinfoil, filling that Dutch oven with beautiful, finely chopped veggies and getting everything cooking. The hard part is done. Now, the wait. Instead of just sitting there and drooling while you watch your food cook, give those legs a stretch and bust out a classic camp spot time killer -- yard games!

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A Crash Course in Dutch Ovens

A Crash Course in Dutch Ovens

If you've never messed around with a dutch oven before, they can be a bit of a mystery. But once you start cooking with one, you'll never want to go into the woods without one again. Here's a quick crash course so you can level up your outdoor cooking game. Prepare to have your socks rocked off.

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S'more Than A Feeling

S'more Than A Feeling

Nothing says summer like a campfire in the woods. The crackle of wood, the wafts of smoke and, of course, the sweet, sweet taste of s’mores hitting your lips. Generations of kids and adults alike have been participating in the time-honored tradition of s’mores around the campfire, but few have ventured beyond the standard graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow, a.k.a. The 1.0.

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The Art of Making a Proper Weekend Bug-Out Bag

The Art of Making a Proper Weekend Bug-Out Bag

Have you ever had this feeling before — It’s getting late in the week, the mundane office tasks are piling up, and you start to think you might drown in the mounting stacks of paperwork. You’re so close to the weekend, but it feels so far away. You sort of remember what nature is, but the concept starts to feel foreign.

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Chilaquiles, Aay?!

Chilaquiles, Aay?!

There are a few life lessons that everyone should know. Always wear sunscreen. Never eat yellow snow. There’s no wrong time for nachos. Wait, what’s that last part about nachos?

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How to eat like a champ on a 3 day backcountry trip in the winter

How to eat like a champ on a 3 day backcountry trip in the winter

Now that spring corn is providing safer snow conditions, the backcountry is the place to be! Whether you’re building snow caves, getting your yurt on, or booking forest service cabins, overnight backcountry ski trips are game on.

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ADULTING HARD: IT'S SNOW FORT SEASON!

ADULTING HARD: IT'S SNOW FORT SEASON!

Dear Sunshine, Thank you for coming back. It feels like you've been gone forever. Thank you for burning goggle tans into everyone's faces so we look like pro skiers. Thank you for making tulips appear in the mud holes next to our houses. And thanks for melting out our parking spots so we don't have to park down the street anymore.

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What your Backcountry Coffee Says About You

What your Backcountry Coffee Says About You

Coffee can be the most important building block of any fantastic day off the grid. It can literally make or break a trip. Think of it like the foundation of a house -- everything can come tumbling down if you don’t have a solid foundation. And, much like toppings on a pizza, everybody has their own preference when it comes to coffee. And with so many options available, we thought we’d take a moment to analyze all the different types of backcountry coffee and what it says about you, because nobody likes a foamy latte.

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