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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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Camp furniture and storage? We've got that too.

Camp furniture and storage? We've got that too.

          We've been creating the finest Outdoor Cookware since 1985. But we soon realized that unless you like cooking in the dirt and mud, you need quality camp furniture. Many campsites are lacking in proper cooking surfaces and there aren't a lot of picnic tables to...

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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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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 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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Here's Why You Should Bring a French Press On Your Next Camping Trip

Here's Why You Should Bring a French Press On Your Next Camping Trip

    The French have an uncanny ability to make a good thing much, much better. Bread is nice, French Bread is delicious. French Toast takes regular toast to the next level. Make a braid or a kiss into a French one, and voila! Instant improvement. Fries are great, but...

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Get your $*** together!

Get your $*** together!

      Anyone else feeling seasonally confused lately? There's still fresh snow in the mountains, but the hint of springtime in the air has us itching for upcoming warm-weather camping escapades.     The slightly warmer weather and resurgence of your hay fever sneezing means it’s time to play...

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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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Not Your Grandma's Cookware: Classics Get An Upgrade

Not Your Grandma's Cookware: Classics Get An Upgrade

    It seems like everyone’s doing things the old fashioned way these days: listening to records, buying veggies at farmers markets, and practicing film photography; some dedicated folks are even going back to using typewriters.     The good news is, you don’t have to revert to using an...

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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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A Match Made in Camp Heaven: Find Your Cookset Soulmate

A Match Made in Camp Heaven: Find Your Cookset Soulmate

      Finding the perfect cookset for your camping needs can seem as difficult as trying to find your soulmate. With such diverse options on the market, it’s hard to know which sets are the right fit for you - and which ones are just leading you on. It’s...

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#Panlife: Easy meals you can make in a single pan in 30 minutes or less

#Panlife: Easy meals you can make in a single pan in 30 minutes or less

  Fresh air won’t be the only breeze on your next car camping trip. With a little bit of prep beforehand, you can spend less time cooking and washing dishes and more time adventuring after eating a gourmet warm, hearty meal.     We put together 7 easy camp meals...

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Meet Infinity polypropylene: one small step for camping, one large step for mother earth.

Meet Infinity polypropylene: one small step for camping, one large step for mother earth.

    Once you spend as much time thinking about plastics as we do, you learn not all plastic is created equal. Polycarbonate plastic is particularly undesirable: it absorbs food odors, leaches chemicals into food, and weighs down backpacks with its heavy structure. Nobody wants smelly, unsafe, heavy dishware ruining...

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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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Camping Fails and How to Prevent Them

Camping Fails and How to Prevent Them

    Camping is one of the best ways to escape your busy schedule and center yourself in what Mother Nature has to offer. There’s nothing quite like waking up to the dawn of a new day under a forest canopy surrounded by fresh mountain air. A weekend camping trip...

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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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Don't Leave Your Leftovers Behind

Don't Leave Your Leftovers Behind

  The relatives are gone, the card table is back in the closet, and your bags are packed for your #optoutside adventure. Then the age old post-Thanksgiving dilemma hits you: what are you going to do with all that extra food?     No matter how big your family is...

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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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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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#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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BCBBQ (Backcountry BBQ)

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...

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GSI Cookware 101

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...

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Camp Cocktail Macgyver

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.

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Camp Site Hero

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!

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Ode to the Parking Lot Beer

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.

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Spring Cleaning Checklist

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.

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Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever

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.

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