Photo Contest Time! Win a $100 Gift card

We love getting photos from our loyal customers.  We love seeing our gear being used, and we love sharing those photos with the PahaQue community.   We figured  the best way to get those photos is via a photo contest, and to give away a $100 gift card.  So here is what we need from you:

Email us at happytrails@pahaque.com and attach a photo of your PahaQue Custom or PahaQue Wilderness gear out in the real world.   Include your Instagram handle if you have one.    We love photos include people,  and pets.     In return for your lovely photo, you’ll get a chance at a $100 PahaQue Custom gift card, and a our everlasting appreciation.     Be sure to read the full contest rules below, and send us your photo by February 28, 2018.

 

 

 

Photo Contest Rules: Entries should be submitted via email as a JPEG, PNG, GIF, or TIFF attachment  Each photo should include photographer’s name, location, caption.  Any photographs including identifiable images of people must include subject’s permission.  The photographs must be your own original creations. You must be the sole owner of the copyright of any photograph(s) submitted.Your submission of each photograph is your guarantee that you are the author and copyright holder of such photograph. By entering, you also warrant that the image does  not violate or infringe upon the copyright, trademark, rights of publicity, privacy, or any other intellectual  property or other rights of any person or entity.By virtue of their entry, contestants agree  that the PahaQue and PahaQue Custom   may adapt, edit, and/or modify their photographs in any way and may also publish or  otherwise use their photographs for promotional or other purposes .  Your Submission constitutes agreement of this use  without compensation, right to royalties, or any other  compensation.

An unexpected gift for your outdoor loving Valentine

The gift that gives for 12 months, and only costs 80 bucks.

Let’s face it. A romantic dinner date for Valentine’s day is a bit amateur hour. Heading out for a fancy dinner is what almost everyone does for this winter holiday. But you  and your valentine aren’t everyone. You prefer wildflowers over a bouquet of flowers, campfire stories over dining by candlelight, and cooking with a camp stove over being served by a waiter in a suit.  So for less than the cost of a dinner date, give your sweetheart the gift that lets them know that you want more than just dinner and a movie. You want a lifetime of adventure together ( or at least 12 months of it). The America The Beautiful National Parks Pass is the ultimate Valentine’s day gift.

The America the Beautiful National Parks Pass is only $80 a year, less for seniors, and free for active military. The pass allows entry at national parks, refuges, national forests, monuments, and more. The pass is a Valentine gift that keeps on giving for a full year, and is the ticket to much more fun than a simple dinner and a movie. Of course you’ll enjoy the adventures even more if you take some time to snuggle in a double hammock, and the PahaQue Rendezvous is great for the two of you and all your gear.   Anther gift you can use  along with your parks pass is this grill basket specifically engineered to make the tastiest s’mores.  But the most important things is that you get out there and use that pass, your sweetheart will be thanking you for the next 12 months. 

How the government shutdown may effect your camping trip.

The last federal government shutdown was in 2013, and one  of the immediate effects that was felt by campers was the shutdown of federal parks.  It appears that most federal  parks are being left open when possible, but no staff or resources will be available.  So here are a few things you may consider if you plan on camping at a federal park during the shutdown:

  1.  The gate may or may not be open when you get there.  Parks like Yosemite, and Big Bend National Parks are open right now, but  but not every federal park is open, and those gates could be locked at any moment.   The NPS is not offering much information right now, so keep your fingers crossed!  NPS Twitter is inactive, but you may be able to search and find out what other users are reporting.
  2. Your  reserved site might not be ready.  Park staff have all been furloughed, so there is nobody to guide you to your site,  prep the site for you,  or to help you if you need help.   That includes rescue and emergency medical services, so stay safe and be prepared for the unexpected.   Print out any maps or other information before you head out.
  3. Guided tours, hikes, and the like  are shut own until the federal government re-opens.  So that  park ranger guided hike that points out the nest  of the elusive desert swallow is canceled until everything is back to normal
  4. There is no trash pickup or toilet services.   Make sure you  bring extra garbage bags, and plan on hauling it all out with you.   If you have a trailer or RV, you’ll   have a toilet, but no dump station.   Car campers might find the bathrooms locked, or in and “unpleasant” state.    Make sure to bring  your PahaQue TeePee for privacy as well as a portable camping toilet and your own paper.

Hopefully this will all be over soon, and we’ll be back to normal.    Are you visiting federal parks during the shutdown?  head on over to  our Facebook page and tell us what you found.

 

 

 

Chef Jason’s World Famous Sage Roasted Pork

Time for the first winter recipe of 2018:   Much of the country is blanketed in a
winter wonderland right now, but the warming euphoria of the aroma of cinnamon, sage, pine, and other holiday staples is what really drives the fall/winter season mood in my opinion, and we’re going to use a couple of those here.
Boneless country style pork ribs are my personal favorite. They’re super tender and easy
to grill. But any cut of pork will work just great. If you’re using pork chops, make sure
they’re at least an inch thick. And this will be a double cooking process. Follow along…
Major Players:

  • 3-4lbs preferred cut of pork
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, crushed and finely minced/diced
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup finely shredded/chiffonade sage. Must be fresh sage; no dried stuff from plastic jars here.
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, or 1 ½ cups fresh ones (roughly chopped)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

Start by grilling the pork just until all sides are browned and you have some nice grill marks on all sides. Make sure you coat the pork in a little olive oil and salt and pepper first. You don’t need to cook it all the way through here. The second part of this is done in foil pouches. Pour a little olive oil on the foil and lay the pork down on top. Then simply add the garlic, onion, sage, cranberries, butter, and chopped walnuts over the pork. Seal it up but leave a slight opening for venting. Let it hang out over medium heat for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove the pork from the foil to a plate to cool, but don’t you dare throw all that wonderfulness in the foil away. No no no… Drizzle the contents over the pork and serve. Sagey goodness abounds.

Figure 1

sage

Sage chiffonade (cut into ribbons)

Figure 2

pork

Finished Product

PahaQue Gift Guide

The time to get those final gifts for your favorite camper is now.   Of course there are tons of cool options on PahaQue.com  where you can use the code “FALL2017” to get 30% off everything on the site through the end of the month.    For your R-Pod fans, the code POD30 will get 30% off all R-pod accessories on PahaqueCustom.com through December 20th.    But here is our gift guide, where we recommend  a few specific products  from Pahaque and other brands that we love.  These gifts range from $5 to $599, so you’ll find something in just about every price range.

tentrug

 

The PahaQue Wildness TentRug Starting at $45  ( don’t forget the coupon code)

The TentRuglooks great and helps keep your tent nice and clean, and it looks great.

Features:

  • Soft and Durable
  • Heavy-duty, stain-resistant polyester rug material with a durable waterproof fabric backing
  • Easily folds into its own carry bag
  • Washable
  • Folds into its own carrying bag

adv dog wipes

 

 

Adventure Dog Wipes by Adventure medical Kit for only $5

Everyone loves adventuring with their dog, but nobody likes a stinky dog.

Features:
– Dog-Friendly, Cleansing Formula
– Moisturizing, Aloe-Rich Wipes
– Witch Hazel Relieves Burning & Itching
– Unscented
– Durable
Pack of Eight


Energizer LEd

The Energizer  Folding LED lamps  for $20

Don’t get caught out in the wilderness with no lights.   This LED lamp is a bargain and will give  you 135 hours of light for reading, games and more.

Features

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  • Versatile area light provides light when you need it
  • Light pivots to provide 180º to 360º lighting
  • Three area light modes: High, Low, Night Light
  • Integrated carrying handle
  • Folds for easy, compact storage
  • Reliable – operates on 2 or 4 batteries
  • Folding lantern operates on four Alkaline D batteries (not included)

x-40-hot-vent-tent-heater The X-40 Hot Vent Tent heater for $599 will keep you warm in just about any type of camping situation.   No cold toes, or cold kids, no dangerous fumes.

  • Safe, clean forced heat in seconds without dangerous fumes
  • Rugged high-output portable heater with all-metal construction
  • Sealed stainless steel heat exchanger for extended duty cycles
  • Sets up in seconds, just connect to 12 volt power & propane tank
  • Propane regulator connects easily to 5 gallon propane tanks
  • Durable metal handle for easy transport
  • Includes inline 12 Volt fan and flexible 4 ft air hoses
  • Compact size – stores and transports easily in included gear bag
    Made in U.S.A.


    banditBandit Rechargeable LED  Headlamp  $35

This headlamp is great for night time games, enjoying a great book, or making that midnight trip to the bathroom.

Features:

  • 180 lumens (High)
  • USB rechargeable; charges in approx. two hours
  • Lightweight (1.3 oz) and low profile; includes visor clip for use with ball cap
  • Produces bright, even light with less shadow than spot beams

cotTexSport Folding Cot $75

Put a couple of these in your Promontory  XD 8 person tent and you’ll sleep  like a king.

  • Heavy-duty black aluminum frame
  • Water resistant coated nylon cover
  • Weight limit 350 lbs.
  • FREE Nylon carry/storage bag included
  • Forest Green
  • Size: 82″ x 31″ x 18″ h.

  • cauldrynCauldryn Fyre Mobile $129.99

This water bottle will keep your drink warm literally all day.   You can be out on a job site, out in the wilderness, or just sitting in an office.   This thing is so powerful  it can even boil water.

Features

  • Boil water from a rechargeable battery
  • Keep your favorite hot beverage at your ideal temperature ALL DAY without the need to plug in (Boil and Brew mode cannot be maintained all day long from battery power)
  • Boil, Brew, Extra Hot, and Hot modes
  • Battery power allows for go anywhere mobility
  • Vacuum insulation keeps liquids either hot or cold even without power
  • Innovative two opening lid allows for sipping, or taking large drinks/pouring
  • USB ports allow for charging your electronic devices
  • Wire free drinking from AC Base

How to cook a turkey on a campfire

Thanksgiving is a great time to go camping.   You have extra time off of work, the kids are out of school, and the fall air is cool and crisp.   The only downside to camping may be that you risk missing out on the Thanksgiving feast.  But as you well know,  at PahaQue we love cooking outdoors, and we think that a Thanksgiving meal is even better when enjoyed  outdoors on a camping trip with family.   Of course camping out of a tent , or even camping out of your trailer provides a unique set of challenges when preparing Thanksgiving dinner.    The primary one being: How to cook a Turkey when  when you are camping?  If you have a a large motorhome, you  may not have any issues, but even  a large R-pod doesn’t have enough space to roast a 12lb bird, so we prefer to head straight to the campfire.   Of course there is always the option of deep frying your Turkey when you are camping, but the gear and oil  required for that job is bulky, and can take up a ton of space in your car or your  teardrop trailer.  Not to mention that fact that all of that hot oil can be dangerous.  So we prefer this alternative to  deep frying a turkey, one that is  healthier and less dangerous to boot.  We learned this method from Little Guy Trailers a few years ago.  How to cook a Thanksgiving Turkey on a campfire:

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Supplies you will need:

  • A shovel and rake ( rake optional)
  • A turkey of course
  • Olive oil
  • Your preferred spices ( rosemary, salt, etc)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cheesecloth
  •  A nice big fire

Step 1: Start the Fire

The first step to cooking a turkey on a campfire is planning ahead with plenty of fuel for the fire.  Have a big pile of wood ready to go, and get that fire going enough to create plenty of hot coals.   You’ll need to dig a 2X2 foot hole next to your campfire, as that’s where you’ll cook your bird.

STEP 2: Prep Your Bird

While that  campfire is burning, you can clean and prepare your turkey.   Just clean it up and rub it down with the same spice mix you would use if you cooked your turkey at home.   If you love stuffing, just stuff the turkey as you normally would, and then get ready to protect it from  direct contact with the coals.

Step 3:  Protect Your Bird

Once the bird is rubbed and stuffed, you’ll need to wrap the turkey entirely in the cheesecloth, and then wrap the turkey in three to four layers of aluminum foil.  This step is important, as it will protect your bird from the coals.   We’ve always wanted to try getting rid of the cheesecloth, and wrapping it in cabbage leaves.   This is how we cooked our “trail burgers”  back in our boy scout days.  We like the idea, but haven’t been brave enough to try it.  If you decide to try the cabbage leaves, let us know how it goes!

Step 4: Move your bird

Once your coals are ready, take your shovel or rake and put about half the coals in the bottom of the whole you dug earlier.  You’ll want a couple of inches of coals, and you’ll want to spread them evenly across the bottom of the hole.   Then use the shovel to carefully place the turkey on top of the coals, and follow up the turkey with the rest of the coals.   Try to gently cover it as completely as possible, and  its ok to use some of the dirt to build up a little wall around the edges.

Step 5: Wait

Since a 10-12 lb turkey takes around 3 hours too cook, you’ll have some time to relax before you start preparing the rest of your meal.  For anything over 12 lbs, just add 15 minutes per lb to the cooking time.    After you have relaxed and recovered from all that digging, campfire building, and rubbing, you can start preparing the rest of your meal.  Fans of the blog know that Cooky Jason’s  grilles, scalloped potatoes will go great with a campfire cooked turkey.

Step 6: Chow down

When the time is up, use your shovel to carefully remove your bird from the coals.  You won’t want to set it down  directly on the table, as the  bird and the coals will be extremely hot.   We like to set it down on a nice tree stump or flat rock.   Unwrap the turkey, using great care to watch our for steam and hot air escaping from the foil.  Then transfer to a carving board, carve it up, and enjoy!

The Gear Doctor – Fall 2015

Most often, when people return from an exhausting camping trip, the last thing they want
to do is clean all of the gear they took with them. Being out in the wilderness and lacking the effective cleaning supplies we are accustomed to seeing in the cupboard underneath our kitchen sinks, often only the “quick clean” of gear is done, and it tends to be left that way once we return home. But good enough doesn’t always cut it – think of the money you spent on your equipment and what it would cost to replace if not properly cared for. Check out our advice for how to best clean your gear and with what products to ensure it lasts as long as possible, continuing to assist you on adventurous camping tripdirty_bootss for years to come.

Boots
The best way you can guarantee your boots will be kept in great shape is to make sure you take 10-20 minutes cleaning them up after each trip. First, remove the laces and insoles, if they are removable. Start with warm water and a small brush (a firm-brush toothbrush will do) that is able to reach into the cracks and crevices of the boots, and start brushing. If a small brush is just not cutting it, browse more specialized tools meant for boot cleaning. When the obvious dirt has been removed, rinse the brush and go over the boots again, but this time with warm water and a boot cleaner. If none is available, a mild dish soap will do. Stay away from laundry detergent or bar soap, as they can damage the boots through residue. Allow the boots to dry in room temperature. Many people use the quick-dry method of drying their boots next to a fire or in the hot sun, but this can cause the leather to become brittle and the adhesive parts of the boot to wear out. The best way to dry them quickly is to place them in front of a fan. If you don’t have a fan, REI suggests using newspapers that are shoved in each boot, which work to absorb excess moisture. Place boots upside down during drying, as this speeds up the process. Once the boots are dry, make sure to use a conditioner coating if they are looking cracked. Also, waterproof boots after each use. Many people want to remove the smell from their boots, so place each in a large, sealed bag and keep them in the freezer for 48 hours, which will kill the bacteria causing the stink. Store boots in a spot where the temperature remains constant, keeping them in perfect condition until your next adventure.

Cooking Supplies
Cleaning your camping cookware is a little less time consuming that caring for your footwear, but still just as important when it comes to preserving your gear. We all do the quick clean on cookware during camping trips, but spending time actually getting rid of the bacteria and grime when you get home is crucial. Fill each pot and pan with hot water and add several drops of soap – use biodegradable if you’re out on the trail doing the once-over clean. Make sure to use any kind of soap, even if it is biodegradable, at least 200 feet away from water sources. Scrub the inside of each several times using a rough sponge or pot scrubber. Rinse the pots with clean water and put them aside to dry. In the case of cooking supplies, the at-home deep clean is pretty obvious, but as for on-the-trail advice, place your cookware in separate pockets of your pack or wrap them in bags to avoid the blackened bottom of pots and pans from staining other equipment.

Tent
Making sure your tent lasts a long life starts the first time you set it up at a campsite. Ensure there are no objects below the tent such as rough plants, rocks, or roots, because this is the number one way tents are destroyed. This isn’t to say you just tear any vegetation to make room for your tent, but rather find a space that has even, clean ground that is already in existence. Making sure the bottom of your tent is also protected on the inside is another thing to think about. Consider purchasing a footprint, which is a barrier between your feet and the bottom of the tent that covers the entire surface of the floor. In addition, make sure the tent is taught when securing it with stakes to prevent any area becoming a catch basic for water or other debris. Make a habit of not wearing shoes inside the tent, and that should help to keep dirt and debris outside, but still make sure to sweep or shake it out several times when you’re done. Another alternative is to use a PahaQue Tent Rug to help keep your tent clean. Something else people don’t consider as often when setting up camp is that most tents are made of nylon, which is worn away by the sun. Try to set up the tent in a shaded area to prolong its life. When packing the tent away at home, the most imperative factor of whether or not it will last is if it’s dry or not. Set up the tent when you get back home and use a non-abrasive sponge, cold water, and a non-detergent soap to clean the inside and outside. Any cleaning products with a perfume smell will attract bugs. Once it is fully dry, pack away in a room temperature, dry location.