GSI Outdoors Blog
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
GSI Cookware 101
If you're a seasoned pro, the only thing scarier than a grizzly in your tent is the thought of a boring meal around the campfire. The best outdoor cuisine starts with choosing the right cookset, but that can feel more complicated than packing for the PCT. A heavy Dutch Oven...
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.
Canoe Be My Friend?
Remember back to the days at summer camp filled with s’mores and ghost stories around a campfire? For those of you who received a coveted canoeing merit badge as a kid, canoes seem like a bit of a forgotten mode of water transportation in our current world of stand-up paddle boards and flyboards. Canoes might not be the newest kids on the block, but it’s tough to beat a nice, classic canoe for a fun day out on the lake.
Pacific North Best
Here at GSI Outdoors, our affection for the Pacific Northwest is pretty apparent. It’s where GSI was born and still lives today. It’s where we find inspiration for new ideas and the perfect proving grounds for putting our products through the test. If they can survive here, they can survive anywhere. So this week, we bring you a poem about this amazing place we call home.
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.
Wine or Wine Not?
Oh, wine, how we love you so. You brighten any occasion and make life’s moments just a little bit sweeter. It was Robert Louis Stevenson who famously wrote, “Wine is bottled poetry” and we couldn’t agree more. With that in mind, we wanted to dedicate this week’s blog entry to all the fellow wine lovers out there.
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.