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Filson Food: Fire Pit Dinner

Filson Food: Fire Pit Dinner

Should you find yourself at camp strapped for ingredients and time, here’s a simple recipe that delivers a hearty meal for the whole crew. 

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Total: 45 minutes | Servings: 4 

Equipment: 
Aluminum foil 
Metal tongs 
Work gloves or oven mitt 
Campfire grate 
Shovel

Ingredients: 
Olive or vegetable oil 
16-oz ground beef or bison 
2-3 whole carrots, diced 
2 whole potatoes, diced 
1 bell pepper, diced 
1 large white or yellow onion sliced 
4 corn on the cob, shucked
3-5 sprigs of rosemary, finely chopped 
Salt & pepper 

Steps: 
1. Make your campfire. 
Camp fire meals are simple, but only with a great base from your fire. Make sure your cooking area is level and clear to evenly cook your meal ...

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Broken Down and Saved by Saints

Broken Down and Saved by Saints

Photographer Joe Haeberle travels the west in a rambling fashion, documenting small town Americana. A few summers ago, he found himself broken down in rural Montana and in need of a hand; what he found was new friends.

“uh, shit.” I murmured to myself. I put the truck in first gear and tried to get it to move. That plan worked for about 15 feet until I came to another grinding halt. My truck wasn’t going to move. After a quick check under the hood and seeing that nothing was on fire, I called the nearest towing company in Thompson Falls, MT. “We’ll have a guy out there soon”, the lady said. “Just hold tight.”
“We can get a rebuilt one delivered in about 5 days, and then it’ll be another day to...

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History of the de Havilland Beaver

History of the de Havilland Beaver


This work-horse of an aircraft has earned a reputation as one of the most capable bush planes ever built, and it was easy to see why as we flew out over the ocean and through island valleys in the remote stretches of the Kodiak archipelago.

Willy’s grin crept out from behind his distinctively Alaskan mustache as he turned to face us, “you boys ready to go flying?” Our headsets crackled to life and we shared off-color jokes as we taxied away from dock and made plans to fly out to a distant beach on the other side of Kodiak. The engine roared and the pattern of the spray from the floats felt familiar, like the spray from the hull of an aluminum boat hung with too much motor skipping across a sm...

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Wood Shop BBQ: Seattle's Source for Craft BBQ


James Barrington (left) and Matt Davis (right) are the owners of Wood Shop BBQ in Seattle. They are both friends of Filson and have catered numerous events for us, including our upcoming Father's Day BBQ Bash. We recently went over to the Shop to swap stories and talk BBQ. 

How did you get into BBQ?

Matt: My folks owned a furniture store right next door to the local BBQ joint where I grew up in central Kansas. It was a typical rural town, not many people there. I used to scrape together money doing odd jobs as a kid so I could buy BBQ sandwiches from the restaurant, so I guess that’s where my interest began. In my former life I traveled a lot for work and was always popping into every BBQ shop...

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In Print: Alaska Aviation with Sarah Russell


For Sarah Russell, Alaska has been the answer at the end of a long search for freedom. We spent time with Sarah last summer as part of our Above Alaska trip where she let us into her world and shared a bit of her story with us. 

Where did you grow up?

I'm a military brat. My dad did two tours in Vietnam flying helicopters and then he got out of the Army and joined the Air Force where he flew B-52 bombers. He was in the service for 32 years, so I've lived everywhere, but Montana was always home. Both my parents were from Montana. I graduated from high school over in Germany. I was originally going to stay in Germany and go to college in Vienna but I got claustrophobic. We would go snowboarding ...
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In Print: Piloting Kodiak, AK with Willy Fulton


Last summer we spent a few weeks in Alaska making a short film about pilots in various parts of the state. While in Kodiak, we took to the sky with Willy Fulton for a few hours as he showed us his "office." Later that night, we swapped stories over a whiskey or three.

How did you first decide to become a pilot?

Back in the late 80’s I was running pack trips to the wilderness in the summer and guiding elk hunts in the fall. One time I had four fighter pilots on a pack trip for ten days and I got so tired of hearing all their stories… that was it. When I got out of the mountains I tried to join the Navy but they wouldn't have me. I was maybe a year too old and I needed glasses; they wouldn’t let...

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How To Rent a Forest Service Cabin

How To Rent a Forest Service Cabin


If you’re looking for a summer vacation rental that is slightly more adventurous than usual, it’s worth looking into renting one of the USFS fire lookout towers or backcountry cabins.


These cabins and towers maintained by the USFS are spread all around the country and are available on a first come, first serve basis by booking through the National Recreation Reservation System at www.recreation.gov. The rates and specifics for each rental can be found in the directory therein.

Many of these structures were built in the early to mid 1900s, and do not have modern conveniences like running water or electricity. Many are in remote locations that provide a degree of solitude that can be difficult t...

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Covering 663,268 square miles, Alaska is larger than Texas, California, and Montana, combined. With only 20% of that land mass accessible by road, aviation is not a luxury in Alaska. It is a necessity.

In Print: Branson Wallace

In Print: Branson Wallace


Last summer while in Kodiak, AK we went crabbing with Branson Wallace and his buddy Aaron Thompson. We recently reconnected with Branson to ask him about life on Kodiak, his duties in the USCG, and how both of those things have shaped his life and effected his journey to becoming an outdoorsman. 

Tell me about your life in Kodiak, what made you want to extend your tour?
My wife and I will have spent six years on Kodiak in June. I am a Yeoman for the U.S. Coast Guard, which means I do administration work for crew members and officers. When we first moved to Kodiak I was stationed on the USCG Cutter SPAR a 225 ft buoy tender that services navigational aids out along the Aleutian chain. It was a ...

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Captain Whidbey Inn

Captain Whidbey Inn


The Captain Whidbey was built in 1907 from logs and stone found on site by Chris Fisher and his son Edward. In the years since, it has served as a private residence, a boarding house, post office, girl's school, and a general store. It has recently been restored and is now open to the public as an inn. Read more about the history of the inn below.

Since 1907, Captain Whidbey has been a place of natural beauty, community gathering and quiet delight. A place where people — locals and visitors alike — do things together, even if those things are simply eating, drinking, and looking out across the water. Charged with the past to carry us into the future, Captain Whidbey will be a place where thin...Read More
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