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OR: Trailside Happy Hour

At Outdoor Retailer, Senior Editor Shannon Davis finds everything you need for a backcountry Happy Hour—salsa and beer mug included

Wednesday is hump day, right? We can agree on that? And the thing you need to do on Hump Day is hit a happy hour. By 10 a.m. on the second day of Outdoor Retailer, i found all the tools I'd need to have one trailside. Here we go:
Backpacker's Pantry Salsa ($5). It's as good as any Pace or Ortega.
Stanley 1913 Lunch Case ($25, 418 grams, or about a pound). Put your chips in here, and they will be safe from all crushing forces.
Eagle's Nest Outfitter's Lounger ($110, heavy). Hang from nearest burly tree branch, creekside preferred.

Stanley's Chugger ($28, approx 6oz.) I may have the model name wrong on this, but i know what it does: it holds 32 ounces of your favorite carbonated beverage (me: Dale's Pale Ale) and keeps it cold, keeps it from going flat, and provides a great chuggable spout—the same size as a beer bottle spout.
Heaven. Might not be making that 1:00 appointment.
—Shannon Davis


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Aug 14, 2010

Pictures are fine and serve the purpose. Some people just enjoy complaining or criticizing. Every one has given great ideas. I can't wait to try some of them. Thanks.

Aug 10, 2010

Premixed margaritas in the plastic from which they come from the store frozen for day one. Chilled for multiple days with instant ice pack from first aid kit ($1, weighs almost nothing).

Aug 10, 2010

@renerod-unless its unGodly hot, you dont need to ice the cheese (ive never been sick from it). I guess,unless you planned on drinking the ice water from the nalgene it sounds like unnecessary weight-and the GSI toaster? THAT sounds a little unrealistic. But to each his own.

Aug 10, 2010

Happy hour's the best part of the day. Packit Gourmet has a good selection of powdered margarita mixes, and Pat O'Brian's hurricane mix from the local liquor store is always a hit. If you want to buy special purpose gear, the Platy Preserve is a great wine carrier. Stop at a gourmet deli and pick up some olives, interesting nut mixes, crackers and cheese. Skip the 1 pound chip carrier.

Aug 10, 2010

Dehydrating your own favorite salsa is dead simple.

Aug 10, 2010

why are you pushing heavy, unrealistic, bulky crap you have to lug out? platypus bag full of wine or hooch is what you take, not 1 aluminum/plastic jug with one beer. food? dehydrated refried beans, small single servings of string cheese in a nalgene bottle jammed with ice and water(insulated, will keep cheese cold for 4 days), tortillas, and the GSI GLACIER STAINLESS TOASTER; make hot, fresh quesedillas!!!

Aug 10, 2010

Really janek? No need to call him out for it.

Aug 06, 2010

sorry on the blurry photos! ...taken with my cellphone indoors. For a blog post.

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why are you publishing blurry photos?


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