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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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5 Camp Breakfasts That Will Make You Actually Want to Leave Your Sleeping Bag

5 Camp Breakfasts That Will Make You Actually Want to Leave Your Sleeping Bag

    We know the feeling. You’re awakened at an ungodly hour by a vocally blessed bird that has convinced itself it was a rooster in a past life. Everything around you is covered by a layer of wet, as you’ve yet to master the art of tent condensation prevention...

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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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Mark River Roasted Oats

Mark River Roasted Oats

Breakfasts should be easy. They almost always are, when you’re camping, backpacking, or canoeing and must carry all food in and out.   Mark “River” Peoples is Chief Guide at the Quapaw Canoe Company, in Clarksdale, Miss., and has been cooking over cookfires in GSI anodized aluminum dutch ovens for...

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What to Get the Adventurer Who Has Everything

What to Get the Adventurer Who Has Everything

    They say the holiday season is all about giving - but what do you give that one friend who has everything? It’s not easy to have a gearhead on your list, because trying to track down a gadget they don’t already have can make you feel like the...

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Backcountry Cocoa 3 Ways

Backcountry Cocoa 3 Ways

    Outdoor activities often center around beverages: we boil coffee by the tent, share beers by the campfire, down water on the summit, swig whiskey on the chairlift. We may outgrow our childhood skis, writing letters to Santa, and our pants after Thanksgiving, but we never outgrow our favorite...

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Downeaster Cowboy Coffee

Downeaster Cowboy Coffee

  Start your day and indulge at night with a full-immersion “cowboy coffee.” The beautify of this recipe is the ability to stretch the pot of coffee twice as long as most other brew methods. When you have served it all, pour new water on the saturated grounds and keep...

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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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Quapaw Carbonara

Quapaw Carbonara

  Also referred to as the Eagle’s Nest, this spice-forward, aromatic, and salty dish is a novelty.   Inspired by the flavors cooked with the Quapaw Canoe Co. along the Mississippi River, this dish means to take a traditionally rich and fairly simple dish (Spaghetti Carbonara), and imbue it with...

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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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Blend Out

Blend Out

If you’ve learned anything from this blog over the last few months, it’s probably that we LOVE partying while we’re out playing in the wild. The easiest way to spice up a leisurely paddle across a lake or loosen up for a competitive game of backwoods bocce ball is to add in an adult beverage. One thing we’ve noticed is that most people stick to basic cans of beer or, once in a while, a mixed cocktail. Those are all fine and dandy for an easy go-to, but if you really want to elevate your wilderness mixology, you need to step it up. Enter the Vortex Blender.

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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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A Crash Course in Dutch Ovens

A Crash Course in Dutch Ovens

If you've never messed around with a dutch oven before, they can be a bit of a mystery. But once you start cooking with one, you'll never want to go into the woods without one again. Here's a quick crash course so you can level up your outdoor cooking game. Prepare to have your socks rocked off.

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S'more Than A Feeling

S'more Than A Feeling

Nothing says summer like a campfire in the woods. The crackle of wood, the wafts of smoke and, of course, the sweet, sweet taste of s’mores hitting your lips. Generations of kids and adults alike have been participating in the time-honored tradition of s’mores around the campfire, but few have ventured beyond the standard graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow, a.k.a. The 1.0.

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The Art of Making a Proper Weekend Bug-Out Bag

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.

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