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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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Camp Knives That Will Make You Cut Out Dull Meals

Camp Knives That Will Make You Cut Out Dull Meals

  We’re going to take a stab in the dark and guess that you’re not quite as obsessed with knife technology as the design nerds at GSI are. In fact, you’d probably find the intricate details of knife design quite dull; you just want a knife that isn’t. Therefore, we...

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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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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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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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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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Nest Level Nesting Gear

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...

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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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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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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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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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How to Party Like a Pro with Dogs This Summer

How to Party Like a Pro with Dogs This Summer

Everyone loves partying, BBQs and dogs. It’s only natural that eventually these worlds will collide and you’ll be partying on a hot summer day with your furry, four-legged friend. We’re smack dab in the middle of prime BBQ-ing season, so we thought we’d put together a few tips to ensure that your dog is dog-gone* happy while hanging around the grill this summer.

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