If you are an adventure girl you definitely need this GSI Outdoors stove for your next adventure outdoors. I have always been into camping. When I was a little girl, we would go camping as a family for 5-7 days in Algonquin Park in Canada. We would drive up from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, rent 2 canoes, and canoe lakes and portage from lake to lake. We would build fires and we carried a stove. Camping was and is engrained in me. When I hit 11 years old, I started going to a 3 week tripping camp, where we would go on outdoorsy trips from 3 days to 30 days. You start out with a 3 day canoe trip and work your way up, if you choose to every year to the longer trips. There were canoe trips, kayaking trips, backpacking trips, you name it.
When it came to the cooking park, I was always intimidated. What if I can’t get the fire to start? What if I burn down the whole campground? Lol. I always preferred to just go look for firewood. Or help choose the meal, or clean up afterwards. So, when Topher and I decided to go on our camping trip in Zion National Park, I knew I wanted something that was functional and easy. I started researching stoves, and I had come across one at GSI Outdoors that I loved it. It looked modern, user friendly, and the perfect size for both Topher and I.
It was perfect! We needed one pot to cook in, two bowls to eat in, and two mugs to drink out of.
Here’s a summary of what it is: At a little over a pound, this uber-efficient nesting cookset includes a cooking pot, a strainer lid, two bowls, two insulated mugs, two sip-it lids, 2 Telescoping Foons, a stove bag, and a welded sink-stuff sack. Everything you and your climbing buddy need- without the weight penalty..
So, we aren’t climbers, but we’d love to go backpacking on an adventure one day, so I wanted to make sure it was perfect for car camping and our someday wild backpacking adventure.
It packs up perfectly into one nice little package, so that you don’t lose anything, and it looks so nice and organized! I love anything that makes organization that much easier.
Here’s a little behind the scenes when it came in the mail…
So, as I told you all early on in this post, I was afraid of starting the fire or using the stove, simply because I didn’t know how, and I didn’t want to look like an idiot. So, Topher and I go to the local camp store to buy gas (at least I knew we needed gas to get the stove to catch on fire :P), but my fear came true. We bought the wrong gas “bottle”. We bought a “coleman” one because I was familiar with that brand, but the canister had the wrong top and we weren’t able to screw on our stove. So, we had to go back and get the proper canister with the right top, which ended up being this one by Olicamp Rocket Fuel. We gotta learn through our mistakes right? How else do we learn? Here are some photos from our camping trip below.
Photo by Topher Riley
Photo by Topher Riley
It did not disappoint. It was a little tricky getting the plate that holds the pot in the wings, but once we figured it out, it was a piece of cake. Things like that always get easier the more you practice. Just writing this, I look forward to camping some more this summer! And cooking more, too! What adventures do you have planned?
Likes of Pot System:
Easy to Clean
Doesn’t weigh much
Opportunities for Improvement:
Make it easier to get that plate on those wings to hold the pot 🙂
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