GSI Outdoors Blog
If you’ve learned anything from this blog over the last few months, it’s probably that we LOVE partying while we’re out playing in the wild. The easiest way to spice up a leisurely paddle across a lake or loosen up for a competitive game of backwoods bocce ball is to add in an adult beverage. One thing we’ve noticed is that most people stick to basic cans of beer or, once in a while, a mixed cocktail. Those are all fine and dandy for an easy go-to, but if you really want to elevate your wilderness mixology, you need to step it up. Enter the Vortex Blender.
Camp Cocktail Macgyver
The sun starts to dip in the western sky and your shadows start to grow noticeably longer. It feels like you’ve been walking all day. You’ve got a 50-pound pack on your back that you’ve lugged 8 miles and 2,500 vertical feet before finally reaching your alpine lake campsite. You set down your pack, untie your boots, take a seat on the bank of the lake and dip your feet in the icy waters. The only thing that could make this moment better is a frosty, adult beverage.
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.
How to Party Like a Pro with Dogs This Summer
Everyone loves partying, BBQs and dogs. It’s only natural that eventually these worlds will collide and you’ll be partying on a hot summer day with your furry, four-legged friend. We’re smack dab in the middle of prime BBQ-ing season, so we thought we’d put together a few tips to ensure that your dog is dog-gone* happy while hanging around the grill this summer.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Campground Avocado Caprese Salad
A delicious recipe for Campground Avocado Caprese Salad
Just what in the world is skijoring? We were asking ourselves the same question a few weeks ago when we saw an advertisement for the Skijoring World Invitational. According to Siri, skijoring is a winter sport originating in Norway where a person on skis is pulled by a horse, dog or a motor vehicle. This may sounds like a recipe for disaster but, if you add in some sunshine, a few friends and a tasty cocktail, this sounds like a nice little Saturday.
Our favorite homemade granola recipe? Glad you asked.
Dutch Oven Cinnamon Rolls
This was ridiculous. Gooey Caramel Cinnamon Rolls this morning in the GSI Outdoors Dutch Oven. The morning air is just starting to turn a little crisp, which of course BEGS for something of this caliber paired with a hot cup of coffee to tease us awake for the day.
Backcountry Hot Cocoa Bar
When the mercury drops, our attention often turns to activities we can do outside. We hike, ski, snowshoe, maybe build a snowman; but cooler temperatures can sometimes make us forget about "hang out" time. We've got a simple solution.
Thanksgiving Part 3
Leftovers are one of the best parts of Thanksgiving. Some people like to reheat and repeat the entire Thanksgiving experience, but after spending an entire day off inside, we’re more inclined to get outside and go for a hike. In order to have our cake (or turkey) and eat it too, we’ve developed a packable leftover option.
Thanksgiving Part 2
It’s a bummer when someone has to spend the whole day in the kitchen. A few years ago, some friends of ours suggested a potluck Thanksgiving. It turned out AWESOME: delicious food and time where EVERYONE could hang out. So, what are we bringing? Bourbon Bacon Apple Pie! We got this recipe from a friend of ours who was raised in the South, so it’s the real deal, y’all. We adapted the recipe a bit to make it work perfectly in the dutch oven. Bourbon adds a Southern flare and the dutch oven adds a smoky complement to the bacon, reminding us to be thankful for the outdoors even on an “inside holiday” like turkey day.
Thanksgiving Part 1
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Next week, many of us will sit down to tables piled high with delicious treats and encircled by the people who mean the most to us. Here are some of our favorite tips to make Thanksgiving enjoyable, memorable, and bring a bit of outdoor flare to this special time.
Dutch Oven Bread
People? Fresh bread. While camping. No, your eyes do not deceive you. With a little prep work, you can bake this at your campsite and amaze your friends and family.
Spare Ribs Recipe
This pressure cooker recipe comes straight from the top! The President of GSI Outdoors, Ian, shared his favorite way to cook amazingly tender, fall off the bone, melt in our mouth spare ribs.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner in the Pinnacle Camper
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.
Lunch Lady Land Sloppy Joes
Remember Sloppy Joes? We may alone here, but the mere mention of Sloppy Joes reminds us of Adam Sandler’s song Lunch Lady Land. In an effort to marry good humor with a good meal and great time spent outdoors - here’s an easy way to prepare Sloppy Joes in a GSI Outdoors Dutch Oven.
Look around at the morning before you, smile, and enjoy. You’re starting the day off right!
Camp Berry Cobbler
At the end of the day, when your outdoor adventures are done and you’re hanging out around the campfire with friends, everyone will be impressed when you whip up this amazing Camp Cherry Cobbler.
WEEKEND FORECAST: CAMPING WITH A CHANCE OF DRINKING
The weather's getting warmer here it's time to get outside and celebrate with friends. We have fun and easy cocktails for the campground or any outdoor adventure - grab the ingredients, join some friends, spend some time outside this weekend and raise a glass!