We've all been there. Your friend invites you along on a weekend trip, and you happily agree to go - until you find out they're also bringing their significant other along. It's easy to feel left out when third wheeling on a trip, but with these tips you...
When you’re not able to explore outside, it’s time to get creative. One of our favorite ways to beat cabin fever is by setting up camp at home! This includes setting up a cozy makeshift campsite and creating some fan-favorite campfire recipes. Here are some of our favorite tips to get your camp on at home:
We understand that a lot of us are limited to our backyard or porch, but rest assured we'll be back out there soon. Whether you’re dreaming for a weekend of car-camping or backpacking in the back-country, weight and space are at a premium. GSI offers some well-thought-out, flexible solutions for making the most of each gram and every square inch.
We recently made some Camp Jambalaya and it turned out so well that we wanted to share the recipe with you! It’s perfectly spicy and hearty for a crisp late-winter or spring day, and much of it can be pre-cooked and prepped to make an easy throw together meal while car camping or picnicking.
The easiest and our favorite way to do our part every day is using reusable water bottles and coffee mugs. All you have to do is remember the bottles while you’re on the go - and this can be easily done if you leave them in your commuting or work bag!
The search for a Valentine’s gift can feel overwhelming and frustrating. We’ve gathered a comprehensive list to find the perfect gear for any type of person! From your adventure-focused tree lover, to your wine-loving workaholic, there is something that can fit everyone’s preferences. Not only functional and affordable, they ALL will get put to good use!
New Year’s resolutions can be so cliché. Whatever you may or may not have resolved to do this year, we think that if you’re reading this, there’s a fairly high probability you want to get outside more often. It’s something we consistently tell ourselves and our friends: get outside, be active, and connect with nature. It can help cure those winter blues, lower stress, and help you disconnect from the grind. Whether it’s on the slopes, on the trail, singletrack, or campsite, getting outside and connecting to nature is good for the body and mind. Here are a few ways to make sure that 2020 is the year you get outside more often, to create adventures new and old.
We’re all about good food, but we’re also all about the outdoors (it’s literally in our name). With issues like food waste, single-use plastics, paper waste, and more, there are a lot of ways the food industry is environmentally questionable. So for 2020, we thought of ways to implement our resolution to make food and drink choices more sustainable and keep our outdoor spaces around for generations to come.
So you’ve decided to ring in the year in the great outdoors. You’ve chosen wisely: you’ll avoid the expensive drinks, Uber surge rates, achy feet from fancy NYE shoes, and boisterous crowds. We’re big advocates of trading New Year’s Eve fireworks for shooting stars and views of the milky way. Here’s what we recommend you bring to make the best of your outdoor New Year’s.
Snow is falling, temperatures are dropping, and the holidays are almost here. While winter weather can keep many holed up indoors, we know many adventurers keep exploring all year long. Those bold souls venturing out into the frigid air need warm drinks and extra hydration to keep them warm and happy. For those who dare to adventure in the snow, these insulated options are for you.
We know you probably spend more time pouring over trail maps and researching gear than practicing to be a maitre d'. So when it comes to pairing drinks and cocktails with your favorite camp meals, you might feel a little out of your element. Never fear, we’ve gathered the most popular camp dinner staples and matched them with classic drinks so you can have an elegant meal no matter where you are.
An insulated water bottle is a great gift: and helps your recipient reduce their plastic bottle use. But nobody wants a clunky, poorly insulating bottle that adds weight to their packs - luckily, we have something different. This year, give your friends and family something they’ll use every day - give a Microlite.
Enamelware is a timeless staple of any rustic cabin or backyard picnic. And it’s a classic for a reason: it's durable, dependable, and looks just as good on the shelf of your china cabinet as it does roughing it at a campsite. If you’re looking for a gift that will last a lifetime, look no further than enamelware.
You’re gathered around the roaring campfire with your friends after a day of trekking through the snow. You want to warm up with a drink but you don’t want to have to mess with a shaker, a muddler, or a strainer - you just want something simple to sip. We gathered our favorite two-ingredient cocktails that don’t require any fancy tools or skills so you can kick back under the stars without the hassle.
You’re a solo adventurer - you don’t need a buddy or a guide to get where you’re going. You travel on your own schedule, carry your own weight, and cook your own meals. You deserve a quality cookset that’s easy to pack and doesn’t have any superfluous, heavy features. That’s why we made the Glacier Stainless 1 Person Mess Kit.
As temperatures drop and the weather changes, many outdoorists are trading their tent-based adventures for overnight trips on wheels. If you’ve recently chosen camper life or if you’re looking to upgrade the gear in your van or RV, we’ve chosen our favorite high-quality, camper-friendly gear to get you on the road and off the grid.
Step aside, iced coffee - fall is the season to return to our favorite steaming hot drinks. And with hot drinks come insulated mugs to hold said liquids. We’ve paired our favorite fall drinks with our favorite insulated mugs to keep you toasty warm from the office to the backcountry.
Cooking at camp is no excuse to make bland food. But spicing up your favorite dishes doesn’t require bringing your entire pantry along, either. With the right tools, your spice cupboard and favorite condiments can travel with you wherever you go - without the clunky bottles or messy spills.
Autumn is here, and with it comes tailgating season, Oktoberfest, and fall festivals. What do all those events have in common? The enjoyment of ice cold beers.
There’s no need to be a coffee connoisseur to appreciate good coffee. It gets us out of the tent in the morning, fuels long miles on the trail, and warms us up on chilly dawn patrols. When it comes to wiring oneself up for a day outside, there’s nothing quite as powerful as espresso. And while you might think quality espresso is only attainable at your local coffee shop, you’re in luck - you can brew your own espresso with ease no matter where you are. No barista required.
There are (seemingly) a million ways to brew coffee - espresso makers, percolators, presses, boilers, and fancy complicated contraptions. When it comes to making coffee in the backcountry, it can feel like there are still too many options to narrow down. We made this guide to help you find your perfect backcountry coffee apparatus - so you can get out and get caffeinated without any hassle.
We know camp meals come in all shapes and sizes, and your knife needs vary depending on your dinner plans. We’ve assembled the perfect knife set to help you tackle your camp breakfasts, lunches, and dinners (and it’s so good, you might just use it at home too). Meet the Santoku Knife Set.
You’ve heard of a taco bar, but have you ever heard of a hot dog bar? Here’s how it works: gather your friends at your favorite camp spot, fire up the stove or a roaring campfire, assemble your topping options in bowls, and let your guests build their own gourmet hot dog experience.
Compact cookware, high-efficiency stoves, and clean-burning fuel makes cooking outdoors these days rather exciting - but sometimes we yearn for the comfort and simplicity of campfire cooking. If you want to try kicking back by the fire pit and whipping up an excellent campfire meal, here’s the gear to get you started.
S’mores are one of the staples of camp food - the thought of gooey marshmallows and melty chocolate on a graham cracker brings out the kid in all of us. While the pastime of roasting s’mores is a classic camp activity, why not put a twist on the traditional? We’re switching up the campfire s’mores experience with a sharable Dutch Oven S’mores Dip that will feed your camp crew, no roasting sticks required. Just grab your graham cracker and dig in!
You’re a seasoned camper - you have your tent folding technique memorized, your ideal backpack weight balance nailed. You’re comfortable with your gear closet organization and can leave for a trip with most of your gear (most of the time). You’re an expert packer for any camping trip - but what if you’re getting to your destination by plane?
Since the beginning of humanity, people have used games as a way to entertain themselves. Playing games strengthens your mind, staves off boredom, and feeds the soul. On your next camping trip, ditch the cell phones and stale card games for some fun and unique camping-ready games - read on to find your camp game match.
If you’ve paid any attention to your Instagram feed, you know hammocks are making a comeback. More than just the backyard feature, hammocks are now travel-ready, meaning they are lightweight and you pop them up in the backcountry, lounge on the river bank, or even camp overnight in them. Hammocks don’t take up much space in your backpack, leaving space for good food, camp games, and beverage fun! Replacing your tent with a hammock leaves room in your pack for more cookware (or maybe that guilty pleasure item like an espresso maker). If you’re starting out on your hammock journey or even if you’re a seasoned hammock chiller, here are our tips for hammocking like a boss.
Oatmeal is a great meal for camping trips because won’t go bad and is easy to make. It’s also lightweight, which makes it the ideal breakfast for adventures where weight needs to be considered. However, it is awfully boring and bland. That’s why I came up with Adventure Oats. These oats are nutrient-rich, packed with plant proteins and essential amino acids, and will help keep your energy up and your stomach full all morning.
Time outside pairs best with delicious food. We make quality camp cookware so you can enjoy the best meals wherever your trip takes you. Next time you’re out on a river trip, exploring the open road, or setting up camp at your favorite campsite, try this shrimp and veggie pasta recipe (or make it vegetarian by skipping the shrimp). Your taste buds will thank you.
While campfire cooking has a special place in our hearts, we turn to camp stoves when we want our campsite meals cooked quickly and efficiently. But choosing a camp stove can be overwhelming with all the choices out there. We’ll walk you through our stove options and when to use them so you can get back to making hot camp coffee and delicious backcountry dinners.
Summer is here, calling us all to spend long days playing outside. The best way to wind down after a day on the trail or on the water? A delicious camp dessert.
With the 4th of July holiday fast approaching, you can celebrate Independence Day with this patriotic red, white, and blue dessert fruit crumble. Not only is it easy to make, it’s easy to enjoy - just grab some spoons and eat it right out of the skillet.
Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a casual practitioner, yoga is a great way to become more in tune with your body and reset your mind. Practicing yoga at a studio or in the quiet of your home is one thing, but there’s no experience quite like practicing yoga in the great outdoors. We’re here to convince you to take your next yoga session outside.
A good mug is hard to find. Many factors define the perfect camp mug: weight, insulation, handle size, sipability. You can get overwhelmed in the camp gear section if you aren’t careful. That’s why we’ve assembled an easy mug matching list to pair you with your new favorite camping mug. Are you ready?
Hey there, camp cooking aficionado. If the first thing you think about when you go camping is the food, this list is for you. In order for your backcountry meals to reach their full gourmet potential, you need to start with quality cooking tools. These utensils will take your camp meals to the next level - are you ready?
We go to the outdoors to seek peace, find fresh air, or just get a little break from the day-to-day. Yet sometimes you show up at the trailhead to find a steady stream of civilization on your much-anticipated solo trip. If trail socialization isn’t totally your thing, try these hacks to avoid the crowds on your outdoor trips.
We all work, but we also like to play - and unless you’re part of a select few, those two things happen separately. We think your gear should be as versatile as you are, so we collected five camp gear pieces that transition effortlessly from home to office to campsite and look just as good on your kitchen counter as they do on a camp table.
Every camper and every camping trip is different. Some prefer glamping while others prefer long haul ultralight backpacking trips. You wouldn’t bring a full size mattress on a backpacking trip and the same goes for cookware - you need the right gear for the job. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the choices out there for camp cooking gear, you came to the right place. We broke down our cookset options by camping style for newbies and seasoned pros alike.
This is a tribute to the inspirational women in our lives for Mother's Day. She is fueled by mountain air, sunrise breakfasts, and open roads. She does not shy away from early alarms; she squeezes bike rides and skin tours between her meetings and baseball practices. Her face is a topo map of smiles and goggle tans and frostbite.
Protein-rich, tasty, and uber spreadable - peanut butter has been the choice of kiddos and athletes alike for generations. Rich in good fats, sugar, and protein, PB (or an alternative) can fuel an active lifestyle and is perfect for long days on the trail or on the water. Add some energy to your next trip with one of these peanutty camp recipes.
Teapots aren’t just for tea. If you’ve never taken a teapot on your backcountry travels, we’re here to tell you-you're missing out. If you like light, efficient, and versatile camp cooking gear, the kettle is your perfect match.
We’ve all seen it - the shine of a discarded granola bar wrapper half buried on the trail, a smattering of sunflower seeds sprayed across a campsite, a toilet paper “flower” blowing in the wind from the branches of a bush. Wherever humans flock to nature, there tends to be evidence left behind in the form of trash. This Earth Week, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to make a difference for our outdoor spaces.
Campers and backpackers have long juggled a conundrum - whether to prioritize space or efficiency when packing for an outdoor trip. Collapsible cookware saved space and weight but left more to be desired when actually being used. In contrast, highly efficient pots and pans saved time and fuel, but were a weighty addition to any backpack. Outdoor recreationalists were forced to choose - until now.
Ever since we’ve had tailgates, we’ve had tailgating. While the idea of tailgating likely brings up images of football games and college campuses, we think the best kind of tailgating happens in a trailhead parking lot with a group of sweaty, slightly dirty, and endorphin-ridden adventurers. As we head into the season of summer adventures, make sure you have the right gear for your trailhead tailgate party.
It’s the nature of spring adventuring: sometimes the best laid plans get foiled by spring showers. While a little rain never hurt anybody, a torrential downpour can render climbs unsafe, trails impassable, and enjoyment difficult. Here’s what you can do when precipitation gets in the way of your plans.
Beer is certainly the most common outdoor activity beverage - it’s become associated with the outdoors in the form of the summit beer, the chairlift beer, and the parking lot beer.
But what makes beer any better than wine when enjoying the great outdoors? There’s no reason we can’t celebrate a stomped landing or mountain trek with a glass of wine instead of a pint. Some might say wine isn’t as portable as beers can be, but those people certainly haven’t met us.
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.
While St. Patrick’s Day is technically the feast day of Ireland’s patron saint, the holiday has become an international celebration of Irish culture, food, and drink. Parades are held, rivers are dyed, and plenty of beverages are consumed across the world. But if you prefer your holiday celebrations with some close friends and fresh air, here’s what you’ll need to host your campout St. Patrick’s Day (or any other holiday) party.
You might not be aware that January 25th is National Irish Coffee Day. While it’s a lesser known national holiday, it’s certainly one that deserves to be celebrated. Irish coffee is a perfect apres cocktail to be enjoyed at the summit, the parking lot, in your tent, or in the baselodge. Warm right up with this delicious boozy brew you can whip up just about anywhere.
The government shutdown is big news right now, as we near the fourth week of halted federal operations. One big concern rising in the outdoor industry is the state of our federal lands, including national monuments and parks.
It shovels pasta, scoops soup, and measures coffee. It mixes up dehydrated meals and stirs hot cocoa powder into mugs. It folds up to fit inside nesting bowls, mugs, or hip belt pockets. It’s the only utensil you need on your next backpacking trip.
There isn’t a comfort food more comforting than mac and cheese. The delicious squishy noodles, the melty cheese, and the inner warmth it provides makes it a classic nearly impossible to live without. We took this diner food staple and turned it up a notch to provide you with mac and cheesy goodness no matter where your adventures take you. This is camp mac and cheese three ways.
Today marks the first day of winter - a solstice that brings to mind snowball fights and powder days. But for many of us (especially those in more southern locales), the first day of winter can mean only dry, cold weather and no sidewalk shoveling.
When you were a kid, there was never something quite as exciting as hearing you were having breakfast for dinner. You felt like you were getting away with something - since when were you allowed to cover your dinner with syrup and whipped cream?
Our dogs are our best friends, and adventures are always better when spent with friends. Dogs keep you company, make you feel protected, and keep the tent a little warmer on chilly nights. But without the proper preparation (mentally and logistically), taking your dog camping with you can...
Fall traditions often seem to revolve around food: apple picking, Thanksgiving, pumpkin spice lattes. The fall season is a season of rich flavors and hot dinners - because nothing keeps fingers warm than being wrapped around a warm bowl. Whether in your kitchen, backyard, or favorite car...
If you're a fan of cooking (or eating), you likely have a large collection of kitchen utensils at home. Whisks, spoons, spatulas, and knives jammed into a drawer so tightly they often arrange themselves to jam the drawer. Sound familiar? What if we told you it was...
The signs are everywhere: in the smell of hot dust flying out of your hibernating car heater, the leaves stuck in your windshield wipers, the sight of your breath floating up in front of you as you walk into the office. In case you haven't noticed, it's...
Glamping - or at least pretending to glamp - is all the rage for Instagrammers and bloggers alike. While glamping takes a lot of effort (and sometimes a lot of airbnb fees), you can still get your great photo ops and fancy feelings from a simple tent camping...
Just like there are all types of species of plants and creatures in the outdoors, there are all types of outdoor adventurers. Some of us like to plan - collecting maps, nailing down itineraries, dehydrating food and calculating how much water you'll need each day. Some of us...
Rice is a backpacking staple for a reason: it's packed with carbs, protein, vitamins, fiber, and minerals to keep you going on the trail day after day. It's also a no-nonsense grain, with very little prep or cooking skills needed to whip up a delicious rice dinner...
Fall is quickly arriving, and with the changing of the leaves comes many autumnal traditions: the likes of tailgating, Oktoberfest, and harvest festivals. What do all these fall events have in common? Enjoying beer outside! This is no coincidence: beer tastes better outside. If you're one...
It's 2018, and we're all about things with multiple uses. Watches that double as phones. Phone cases that double as wallets. Cargo pants that zip off into shorts. (Okay, that trend is thankfully dead, but you get the idea.) We make cooking gear for the...
A little known fact: dessert is the most important meal of the day. Okay, dessert is certainly not the most nutritious for the body, but it feeds the soul after a long day of hiking, road tripping, or overall adventuring. Yet, more often than not, we skip...
For first time campers, the perfectly built s’more is a right of passage - an introduction to campfire cooking. Achieving that golden brown crust, the ideal melty chocolate-marshmallow ratio, and perfectly halved graham cracker takes patience and skill. Once you’ve become a s’more master (s’master), it’s...
Watermelon is the fruit of the summer. It awaits you at the door of every grocery store come June, and the sweet seedless melon calls to you to reenact the scene from Dirty Dancing. As easy as watermelon is to snack on straight from the slice, it's also wonderful...
Summer is the season of outdoor adventure: the sun is shining, the snow has melted, wildflowers pop up, and blue skies abound. But summer is also the season of miserable, sweltering, merciless heat - which can make heading outdoors for an adventure seem like insanity. Whether you...
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.
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...
Fire and the Fourth of July go together like America and bald eagles. When the most American of American holidays rolls around, it's become customary to start up the barbecue, build a mean campfire, and of course, light off fireworks in the name of independence. We get...
If you're looking to step up your camping adventures, a SUP is for you. Whether you're a beginner water sports enthusiast or are looking for a way to make your water adventures a little more extreme, a paddleboard is the perfect SUP-lement to your gear collection. Now get out there and show everyone whatSUP!
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.
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 to a big bowl of blandness. It makes our stomachs sad just thinking about it.
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.
The practice of camping has a lot of traditions. Building a campfire, roasting hot dogs on sticks, skipping rocks across the lake, and watching the stars move across the sky from your sleeping bag are some of the classic camping trip activities enjoyed by both young and old. But is a camping trip really a camping trip without a scary story by the campfire?
All the signs are here: temperatures are heating up, rivers are rising, and every highway is under construction. It’s beginning to look a lot like road trip season.
Adding a few yard games into your camping kit is the perfect way to stretch the legs and get the blood moving -- particularly beneficial after a big day on the trail or water. As an added bonus, yard games are “adult beverage-friendly” by nature, so you can get your party on and sip a beer or cocktail while you try to school your campmates
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.
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.
Old gear is the best. There’s old gear like the first tent you ever bought when you were young because you had a $50 gift card and you saw it hanging majestically from the ceiling of a grocery store for $49.99. The price was right, the quality was subpar, and it smells funny now, but you’ll always remember the beautiful places it inspired you to explore (even if it was just your backyard) and how it did its very best to shelter you during the early years.
Every adventure starts with coffee - whether that means tackling a 14’er or heading into the office for a ten meeting Monday. We take coffee brewing techniques very seriously around here because we rely on coffee to get us through our day (perhaps a little more than we should).
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