GSI Outdoors Blog
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.
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.
GSI Products Your Dog Will Love
They are always there for you when you’ve had a ruff day. They’re by your side on all your adventures. They never say they’re tired, and they never get mad at you. Sure, sometimes they might steal a bite from your plate when you’re not looking, but who can blame them. I mean… have you ever eaten dog food? You have? Well, that’s weird. But at least you understand what they’re putting up with every day. Anyway, it’s undeniable that dogs make life more interesting. So we got to thinking… What are our dog’s favorite GSI products?
What Kind of Backcountry Foodie Are You?
Cooking in the outdoors is a whole different game. Gone are the endless supply of clean dishes, pans, cooking surfaces, utensils and running water. But cooking outside doesn’t have to be a daunting feat. The first step is establishing which type of backcountry foodie you are -- we’ve identified six of the most common below.
5 Must-Haves For A Winter Cookout Session
There’s nothing like building a big ol’ backcountry booter with your friends and eating good food while learning new tricks and sharing some laughs. Read on for our five must-haves for a primo jump-building session.
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.
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.
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.
So far, we're really excited about our choice of 2017 resolutions - spending more time outside is always a good choice. You can go back and check out our full #gsiresolution list, but here's how we've spent the past month.
New Products for 2017
We're always looking for ways to help people #getoutside and make their time while there even more enjoyable. We have quite a few new products coming out in 2017 that will do just that. The following four are a few of our favorite - here's why.
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.
New Year's Resolutions
It's time. Time to reflect back on the events of 2016 and look forward into 2017. Should we concentrate on those five pounds we put on over the holidays (thanks Mom - it was yummy!)? Resolve to spend more time in the gym? Do this thing more and definitely do less of THAT? We'll eat better and we'll resolve to be the ideal version of ourselves?
New Year's Eve Celebrations.
After a few rounds of "wake up too late on New Year's Day because New Year's Eve went a little too long" we started looking for alternatives. Why not wake up on the first day of the New Year doing the thing we love the most -- spending time outside? Here are some ideas from around the country where you can wear yourself out on New Year's Eve playing in the outdoors and waking up New Year's Day with the opportunity to do it all over again.
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?
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.
8 Favorite Sledding Spots
The holiday season has started and winter's right around the corner. It's the time of the year when, regardless of Mother Nature's willingness to comply, we start wishing for the cold. Images of snow gently dusting evergreen trees, snowmen, snow capped mountains and sledding hills are the things of seasonal daydreams. From the ages of four to 84 (well maybe consult your doctor first if you're actually 84), sledding is guaranteed to put smiles on everyone's face. Family coming for the holidays? Take them sledding. Want a holiday celebration with friends? Yep...sledding.
Holiday Gift Guides
It's crazy but Thanksgiving is upon us, the official start of the holiday season. We're looking forward to spending Thanksgiving in the Trees but in the back of our mind, we know that after we enjoy this amazing meal with friends and family we've got some people on our shopping list to start thinking about.
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.
GSI Materials: Stainless Steel
If you’re the type of person who thinks camping means cooking over coals or an open fire, our Glacier Stainless Steel product family is for you. Stainless steel (ours is Premium 304 18/8 Stainless steel) is an incredibly durable material. When we make percolators or cooksets we know that they’ll serve you for years to come.
There is a cadence to each year. They're broken into the four seasons determined by the earth's orbit. We anticipate the coming of ski season, camping season, race season, maybe baseball or football season. School years start and end. All of these seasons have definite start and end points - a time in each year when they have our focus. Elk season is different. It gives the year a pulse.
Fall is an amazing time to get out for a hike. Cooler temperatures mean fewer people and fewer bugs. The vivid colors of the changing leaves mean photo opportunities abound (get your Instagram account ready!). The lower angle of the sun brings a new feel to your favorite backcountry haunts. Take advantage of this season and plan a day outing with your favorite hiking buddy.
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.