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Cannonball Into Summer
We’re far from the first people to muse about summer’s magical qualities -- the days stretch on into the evening, the warmer temps give way to exposed skin, the beer flows like wine, and the water is oh so inviting. And if there’s one thing we love about summer, it’s playing on the water! Its hypnotic essence invites adventure and discovery.
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.
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!
Ode to the Parking Lot Beer
I’m only two miles into an 8 mile pedal up the mountain and already I’m dragging. I’ve done this climb dozens of times before, but today my legs are just dragging. Mile marker 3. It feels as if my legs are pushing through wet concrete. Mile marker 4. Halfway there. I try desperately to get my mind to focus on other things. Work projects. A fried chicken sandwich. Beer. And then it clicks -- I’ve got a cooler of beer waiting in my truck at the bottom. Suddenly, mile marker 6, then 7, flies by and I make the final push for the summit.
2 Wheels > 4 Wheels
There are literally millions of ways to get from point a to point b. Running, skipping, cartwheeling, paddling, driving, flying, floating, etc. Through the years, endless joy has been discovered while exploring the world around you -- especially when you ditch the motorized transportation and use your own power to get somewhere.
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.
A Cure for the Shoulder Season Blues
The days are getting longer. The snow is receding. The frozen lakes are melting. That can only mean one thing — SHOULDER SEASON IS HERE!
Spring Cleaning Checklist
It’s been a long, cold winter, but those days are now behind you -- it’s officially Spring! And that means it’s time to start planning for warm-weather adventures. If you’re like us, you never really stop planning the next adventure (or three). Here’s a quick checklist to make sure your gear is all ready to go so you’re not left out in the cold.
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.
It’s getting to be that time of year when winter seems to drag on forever. Don’t get us wrong - there is a lot to love about winter. Specifically, bottomless powder turns with a board strapped to your feet. But as the gray of winter stretches on, you (and half your town) may start getting an itch deep down for open skies and wide open spaces (cue that old Dixie Chicks song). Whether you make your home in a mountain town or a sprawling city, a trip to the desert always cures whatever ails ya.
How to Go on a Backcountry Date
Pack everything you need for an easy backcountry meal that you think your significant other will be into. Don't forget to bring water. Chop all your veggies ahead of time, gather your ingredients, and stash them in a gear box shoved into the bottom of your pack.
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.
5 Outdoor Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day 2017
In the words of Pat Benatar- “Love is a battlefield”, but let’s make love not war. This year is about trading in the crowded restaurants and long stemmed roses for hiking boots and a map with no destination. We’re forming alliances this year with our significant other as we check out five outdoor date ideas for Valentine’s Day 2017.
A Yurt Vacation.
As the saying goes, there's no time like the present, so this weekend we set about crossing an item off of our list. We did a little research and booked a yurt for the weekend. The temperatures forecasted to be COLD (high of 7 low of -3) but there was a wood stove in the yurt, so we packed up and headed out for the first adventure of 2017.
You know those Rockwellian images of runner sleds, snowflakes, mittens and jovial people enjoying it all? Those are the images we use to define the holiday season...but what about when it's un-seasonably warm OR you live in an area where snowfall isn't at all likely? How can you sled when Mother-Nature refuses to cooperate?
Hunting for a Christmas Tree
Truth be told, this all started years ago looking at the price of trees in a tree lot.
This holiday GSI Outdoors will be giving its employees December 24 to January 1st off to get outside with friends and family. We ask that you join us #INTHETREES this holiday to enjoy the outdoors that we all love so much. Because “it is all about the outdoors, the rest is meaningless…” right?
I think that I say, “This is my favorite season!” with every season. When winter is here, it’s the snow. When our breath makes little clouds as we hike, ice climb, build snow caves, or on long days on the slopes followed by warm fires and hot drinks in the evenings. Then spring and summer, with their promise of warmer days and warmer water and lots of camping. But fall? That crisp air after a hot summer, the spray of color all around that is so swift but breathtakingly beautiful. And harvest food and cider and picnics in the falling leaves. We can’t wait to get outside, layering up for chilly mornings and then shedding most of that as the sun warms us up during the day.
The days are getting shorter and fall is in the air. That added crispness in the morning is something that I look so forward to while sweating through the end of summer. It won’t be long until outdoor adventures require extra layers, budgeting activities around sunset times, and depending on headlamps. It’s time to squeeze a few more adventures in before saying farewell to summer.
Community Coffee Project
We all lead busy lives. Between work, family, and trying to fit in our outdoor pursuits, weekends get filled up, Monday comes around and before you know it, it’s Friday…
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!