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.
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.
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 2019, 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.
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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