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Rice Bowl Recipes for Backcountry Cooking

Rice Bowl Recipes for Backcountry Cooking

      Rice is a backpacking staple for a reason: it's packed with carbs, protein, vitamins, fiber, and minerals to keep you going on the trail day after day. It's also a no-nonsense grain, with very little prep or cooking skills needed to whip up a delicious rice dinner...

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Why Beer Tastes Better Outside

Why Beer Tastes Better Outside

    Fall is quickly arriving, and with the changing of the leaves comes many autumnal traditions: the likes of tailgating, Oktoberfest, and harvest festivals. What do all these fall events have in common? Enjoying beer outside!     This is no coincidence: beer tastes better outside. If you're one...

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Camping Gear You Can Use In Your Home Kitchen

Camping Gear You Can Use In Your Home Kitchen

      It's 2018, and we're all about things with multiple uses. Watches that double as phones. Phone cases that double as wallets. Cargo pants that zip off into shorts. (Okay, that trend is thankfully dead, but you get the idea.)     We make cooking gear for the...

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5 Vanlife Cooking Essentials

5 Vanlife Cooking Essentials

      When you live in your vehicle, full time or part time, you have to get used to a lot of new things - like peeing in the woods in the middle of the night, spending your time in auto parts stores, and people endlessly quoting the Livin’...

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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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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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Make Your Backyard Party More Sustainable with Reusable Partyware

Make Your Backyard Party More Sustainable with Reusable Partyware

      Trying to help the environment can seem really daunting these days, especially when your social media feeds are full of videos of sea creatures choking on trash and depressing studies about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Environmental news like this can make even the toughest eco-warrior feel...

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Why You Should SUP This Summer

Why You Should SUP This Summer

      Come early June, you see them everywhere: putting in at the boat launch, strapped to the roof of every Subaru on the highway, towering over you from the walls of your local outdoor gear shop. SUPs (Stand Up Paddleboards) are impossible to avoid if you're involved in...

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6 Essential Camp Cooking Spices

6 Essential Camp Cooking Spices

      We’re big fans of delicious food, and our best guess is that you are too. Yet, for some reason, many people are still settling for mediocre meals when they venture outdoors. There’s nothing more disappointing after a long day on the trail than having to dig in...

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How to tell a scary story

How to tell a scary story

  The practice of camping has a lot of traditions. Building a campfire, roasting hot dogs on sticks, skipping rocks across the lake, and watching the stars move across the sky from your sleeping bag are some of the classic camping trip activities enjoyed by both young and old. But...

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5 Tips From Vanlifers to Improve Your Road Trip Skills

5 Tips From Vanlifers to Improve Your Road Trip Skills

    All the signs are here: temperatures are heating up, rivers are rising, and every highway is under construction. It’s beginning to look a lot like road trip season.     Late spring is the perfect time to get in a good road trip or two; it’s late enough...

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How to Step Up Your Eco-Warrior Game

How to Step Up Your Eco-Warrior Game

    If you’re reading this, you’re probably already a bit of an eco-warrior. You carry a reusable water bottle, take public transportation when you can, pick up trash on trails, and recycle your paper and plastic. You might even be that person that bikes to their local grocery store...

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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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How to Plan a Last-minute Spring Break Backpacking Trip

How to Plan a Last-minute Spring Break Backpacking Trip

      It seems like we were just talking about our New Year’s resolutions, and yet spring break is somehow right around the corner. (It snuck up on us, too.)     So if you’re one of the lucky ones who gets to enjoy spring break--or just wants to...

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6 Microadventure Ideas to Make the Most of Your Valentine's Day

6 Microadventure Ideas to Make the Most of Your Valentine's Day

    Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. And since it falls on a Wednesday right in the middle of the week this year, it can be hard for most busy working adults to consider any special plans beyond dinner and Netflix.     We may not be experts...

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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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New Year's Bucket List

New Year's Bucket List

    I’ve never been very good at New Year’s resolutions. As someone who rarely knows what I’m eating for dinner on a given day, I’m not so good at setting an intention for an entire year and sticking to it. Goal setting and self improvement is important, but I’ve...

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Why You Should Spend NYE Outside

Why You Should Spend NYE Outside

    New Year’s Eve celebrations usually start with the best intentions: getting together with friends to celebrate and dance the night away until the clock strikes midnight. Yet more often than not, NYE turns into a headache to rival that of the New Year’s Day hangover: you end up...

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Last Chance to Fulfill Your 2017 Resolutions

Last Chance to Fulfill Your 2017 Resolutions

    Let’s be honest: the new year is the time to make promises to yourself you won’t actually keep for more than a month. Life gets in the way, you forget about those big self-improvement dreams, and you fall back into the same routine you had last year. What...

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Winter Getaway Guide

Winter Getaway Guide

  We consider ourselves lucky to live in the PNW, and wintertime is no exception. The frozen windshields and sidewalk wipeouts are a small price to pay for the endless winter adventure opportunities the northwest holds.     For those who reside in less wintery states, planning a trip north...

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Giving Thanks to the PNW

Giving Thanks to the PNW

    To many, mention of the Pacific Northwest brings images of man buns, puffy vests, and Starbucks cups. As much as we love our flannel shirts and Subaru wagons, those of us who call the PNW home know the true magic of the Upper Left, USA. The northwestern states...

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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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Ode to Adventure Dogs

Ode to Adventure Dogs

    You’ve probably owned one, grown up with one, or met one sprinting by you on the trail. They are a rare and precious species, the chosen companion of many in the outdoor community. They are Adventure Dogs. In honor of #nationalcampingwithdogsday last weekend, we pay tribute to the...

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Pre-Winter Bucket List

Pre-Winter Bucket List

  You may have noticed the signs: local ski swaps approaching, bike gear going on sale, shorts retreating to the back of the closet, the return of visible breath. Winter is coming. For those at higher elevations, it’s certainly not far off. Soon we’ll be trading trucker hats for beanies...

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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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BACON-CARAMELIZED ONION AND SWEET PEPPER GRITS

BACON-CARAMELIZED ONION AND SWEET PEPPER GRITS

  Functionally and nutritionally, corn maintains a high status in my kitchen. Fresh off the cob during peak summer farm harvest, pulverized into flour for tortillas, engorged and chewy as hominy, or stone-ground into grits.   While canoeing with the Quapaw Canoe Co. early one winter, several years ago, every...

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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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#GSIGIVESBACK

#GSIGIVESBACK

You probably know that here at GSI, we love having fun outdoors. You probably know that we love bringing people together with food. What you might not know, however, is how much we love using our affinity for food in the outdoors as a catalyst for giving back. After all...

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