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GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Dualist Ultralight Cookset
featured in Scouting Magazine 
A complete cook kit that weighs just 1.3 pounds, this backpacking-oriented set of pots, dishes, cups, a strainer and cutlery offers a no-brainer solution for the trail. All pieces nest together for easy transport. Bonus: GSI includes a watertight case for the entire set that doubles as an ad hoc “kitchen sink” for cleaning up.
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Follow The Tent Commandments
from Outdoor World Direct…
“Tent Commandments to make your camping holidays as enjoyable as possible!
This list of ten top camping tips for having fun in the great outdoors has been complied by seasoned campers who have survived their fair share of nights under canvas, and also experienced all the fun and peril that goes with it!
They have learned such valuable lessons as not attempting to pitch a tent after going to the local hostelry. That’s why one of their commandments is ‘Pitch first, play later’!
They did it the hard way and experienced all the pain so you don’t have to! 
That’s also why our Tent Commandments contains an SAS-style checklist of essential items and camping equipment that will ensure you are prepared for any contingency.
The Tent Commandments has been years in the making, and although presented in a very light-hearted fashion forms extremely sound advice!”
Click on the below link to read the fact worthy graphic - #camping  #backpacking   #gsioutdoors
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Planning your upcoming Outdoor Adventures? 
Check Out the USGS Map Store for Topographic Maps & More

new GeoPDF Topographic Maps
The next generation of topographic maps in electronic form.
High-resolution scans of more than 178,000 maps of the United States are now available.
Each file is essentially a scan of a topographic map with added features.
The files can be used as a PDF file, enabling users to view maps onscreen.

Historical Topographic Maps - Preserving the Past
Historical maps are often useful to scientists, historians, environmentalists, genealogists and others researching a particular geographic location or area.
Historical maps can be of special interest to Outdoor Enthusiasts showing how an area looked before development and provide a detailed view of changes over time.

Use the online Map Locator & Downloader for both GeoPDF & Historical Topo Maps of your area-

Other Trip Planning Media…
Forest Service Maps
You’ll find 400+ Forest Service Maps with detailed info on recreational uses, local plants and wildlife, trails, roads, streams, lakes, visitor centers, facilities available, campgrounds, and picnic areas.

Recreation Passes
Provides entry into US National Parks, National Forests, and other places.

Scientific Reports
Earthquakes, volcanoes, minerals, fossils, geologic processes, water supply, water quality, USGS programs, and other subjects.
Pamphlets, brochures, booklets, fact sheets, videos, and other great items.

Earth as Art Collection
Stunning, full-color Landsat satellite posters spectacular images acquired by the Landsat 7 satellite.
Remarkable portraits of earth were selected for their aesthetic value.
Color enhanced satellite images show astonishing patterns and abstractions of vivid colors and fantastic shapes.

Click on the link below for the USGS Store Home page-

#camping #backpacking #maps 
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Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program- Southwest Sunbelt Team is hiring

Mission: The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is an educational nonprofit organization that teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly.

POSITION OPENING: The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics seeks a dynamic, savvy, dedicated team of educators (only teams of two are accepted as applicants) for an April 2014 through March 2015 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer position.
Traveling Trainer teams travel throughout the U.S. teaching and promoting minimum impact techniques to outdoor enthusiasts of all experience levels.
This team will primarily focus in the Southwest, but will work and travel outside of that region as directed by the Center.
The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer program, in its 16th year, reaches millions of people annually, promoting stewardship of the outdoors, and supporting active lifestyles.
Click on the link below for additional info-

#camping #backpacking #gsioutdoors
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100+ Amazing Outdoor Adventures
an excellent post from Sunset Magazine!
The article features…
“Epic hikes to some of the world's best rafting,
any one of these trips promises the adventure of a lifetime”

Top 10 life-list Adventures
Make this the year you check one of these iconic Western experiences off your bucket list

The West's best Camping
Fair warning: Waking up at any one of these places will hook you on camping for good

20 best Bike Paths in the West
Get to know these Western routes the way the locals do ― on two wheels

Top 45 Hikes in the West
Hit the trail on these iconic and under-the-radar hikes through unforgettable desert, mountain, and coastal terrain

Top 9 Dude Ranch Escapes
Unplug your smartphone and reconnect to the backcountry at our favorite dude ranch spots

Top River Rafting Trips in the West
Whether you're into lazy-day floating or rip-roaring rapids, there's a river out there for you

Top 26 Wilderness Experiences
From luxury tent-camping to glacier hiking, here are the best ways to have fun in the Western wilderness

Bookmark this link for additions to you bucket list-

#travel #rafting #adventure
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Campstyle Vegetable Soup
Makes 8 servings
What could be better on a cool evening around the Campfire?
A hearty Campstyle Soup made of Winter Vegetables! 
This easy one pot recipe is ready in a hour…
Serve it up with some hard rolls or fresh baked trail bread from your Dutch Oven! 

• 1 onion, medium size chopped
• 2 garlic cloves, chopped
• 1 California bay leaf
• 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
• 2 Carrots, sliced 1/4” thick
• 2 Celery ribs, sliced 1/4” thick
• 1 can Tomato Paste
• 1 pound Sweet Potato, peel & dice into 1/2” squares
• 1 pound Yukon Gold Potato, peel & dice into 1/2” squares
• 4 cups Broth reduced-sodium vegetable or chicken
• 3 cups Water
• 8 oz Peas- frozen
• 1/4 cup fresh Dill- chopped

Saute the Onion, Garlic & Bay Leaf in Olive Oil with a dash of salt in a 6+ quart Pot until softened.
Mix in Carrot, Celery stirring until they are soft.
Stir in Tomato Paste, then add Yukon Golds & Sweet Potato Cubes.
Add Broth & Water, grind in some fresh Black Pepper.
Cover & Simmer on low heat until for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in the Peas & chopped Dill… simmer until the Peas are hot.
Season to taste with salt & pepper and serve!
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Backpacker's Best “eBooks” Series
The folks at Backpacker Magazine have produced a trio of publications for the Kindle & iPad. 
• Backpacker’s Best Recipes: Breakfast: 35 Delicious Meals for the Trail
• Backpacker's Best Recipes: Lunch & Dinner: 110 Delicious Meals for the Trail
• Backpacker's Best Camp Cocktails
Each publication assembles a “best of” list from the favorites of Backpacker Magazine… 

Backpacker's Best Recipes: Breakfast: 35 Delicious Meals for the Trail
Don’t hit the trail hungry! Start off your backcountry adventures off right with these easy, tasty breakfast recipes from the BACKPACKER cookbook, including: 
Trout Benedict, Sierra Scrambled Eggs Summer Sausage Breakfast Hash Salami Breakfast Frittata Sausage and Potato Breakfast, Sweet Rice Pudding, Fruit and Nut Quinoa, Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancakes, Omelette in a Bag, Peanut Butter Omelette 
Cinna-Raisin Ramen, Tortilla Sunrise, Pepper and Pesto Omelette, Bacon and Cheese ‘Taters, 
Jon’s Famous Trail Pancakes, Choco-Banana French Toast & Fruited Skillet Scones
Available for download at the below links-
for Kindle-
for iPad-

Backpacker's Best Recipes: Lunch & Dinner: 110 Delicious Meals for the Trail
Go beyond granola bars with 110 easy and delicious lunch and dinner recipes from the BACKPACKER archives.  Whether you're craving a perfectly cooked fish or a hearty backcountry stew, this book is sure to satisfy even the most discerning campfire gourmet.
Recipes include- Savory Corn Fritters, Quinoa Taco Salad, Baked Wild Parsnips, Rum & Black Bean Soup & Southwest Jambalaya. 
Available for download at the below links-
for Kindle-
for iPad-

Backpacker's Best Camp Cocktails
Celebrate a hike well done with one of over 30 camp cocktails, hand selected by BACKPACKER Magazine's resident backcountry bartender Crystal Sagan and national award-winning mixologist Michael Cerretani.
Recipes include Backcountry Egg Nog, Cranberry Passion Cocktail & a Cucumber Mojito!
Available for download at the below links-
for Kindle-
for iPad-
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GSI Outdoors JavaMill- compacting, hand-crank coffee grinder
The first shipment just arrived- new design for 2014
There is nothing more rewarding, nothing more refreshing than the scent of freshly ground coffee floating on the mountain air.
Unlock all of the flavor & aroma of your favorite coffee no matter where you find yourself.
An adjustable, conical burr, hand-crank Ceramic Coffee Grinder
Unlocks all of the flavor of your favorite beans better than blade style grinders
Compacting… Sturdy alloy handle nests down along side the Mill for easy packing.
Easy to fill top with smooth action bearing makes for easy coffee bean grinding.
The perfect start to your mornings outdoors for years to come.
Dimensions- 2.5” x 2.0" x 6.3”

Weight- 9.5 oz.- 269 g
Materials- BPA Free Tritan Co-polyester, Ceramic
Product Use- Gourmet Backpacking  Car Camping 
INCLUDES- Grinding Arm, Silicone Grip, Grounds Cup, Bearing Assembly
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Trail Eats
a new publication by Sarah Kirkconnell
50 recipes that really stood out from the outdoor food column, Trail Eats, which ran from 2009 to 2013.
From raw energy bars, to luxury desserts, hearty feasts and even pizza- 
enjoy some of the favorites from Trail Eats, while you are out on your adventures!
Included are BBQ Chicken Wraps, Chicken and Apple Soup, Crab Mac n’ Cheese and many more!
Breakfast Bars, Balls & Noshes, Lunch, Soup, Dinner & Desserts
Here’s her story… 
“Like most backpackers, when I got into backpacking, I thought that eating freeze-dried meals was the only way to go – they were light weight, they packed OK in the sense that one could grab a couple packages for a trip and be done, and were easy to make.
Except for being very pricey, having little flavor and making one’s stomach not feel so good.
I started dreading dinner time – for some reason all the dinners started tasting the same one summer.
And cost-wise, freeze-dried was too expensive as I went out more often.
So….I started cooking on the trail. 
One day, about 10 years ago, I saw mention offreezer bag cooking and I wondered how that would work for me – and for the most part I have never looked back.
It is the best of both ways of cooking – it is fast, it can taste very good, you can have so much variety and it is affordable.
The food is very packable – and can be a way to lighten your pack weight.
Best of all, it has made it so I can have what I want for dinner, and my son can have what he likes, and we eat at the same time.
It has simplified my outdoor life so that I can spend more time being out there.
As the years went on, I also found ways to go back and revisit one pot meals as well.
How to make them with minimal fuel use, without scrubbing pots.
No cook meals, FBC Hybrid, gluten-free, , vegan? All have been happily worked on!”

Check out the Publication & blog online…

Don’t miss these links on their informative website-
Trail Baking-
Trail Cooking-
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