Summer Guide 2013: The Cascadian Campsite

Outfit yourself with cool gear from local companies.

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1. Fort George Stainless Steel Double Wall Growler

Available at: Fort George Brewery, 1483 Duane St., Astoria, 325-7468, ($20)

Beer, chili, beer, hot cocoa, beer—whatever you need 40 hot or cold ounces of, this vacuum-insulated growler will carry.

2. Fetch Sunglasses ($85)

It's summer, so you're not just being hopeful anymore.

3. Industrial Revolution UCO lantern

Available at: REI, Next Adventure, ($19.99)

Candles give your campout a little more atmosphere than a harsh LED.

4. Snowminer headlamp/lantern

Available at: Snow Peak, 410 NW 14th Ave., 697-3330,, ($55.95)

Snow Peak has made camping gear since 1958 and opened its first and only U.S. store here last fall. Its snowminer headlamp doubles as a lantern—hard to beat when you're packing lightly.

5. Gerber Fit Light Tool

Available at: Gerber Gear, 14200 SW 72nd Ave., 855-544-0150, ($41)

If you had only one tool, this would be a good one. Gerber's Fit Light Tool is a flashlight with nine other tools ready to fold out when needed. It's a little heavy for its size but can do a lot.

6. Hungry Hikers

Available at: The Mountain Shop, 1510 NE 37th Ave., 545-8397, ($6.99-$8.99)

A local version of dry backpacking grub. Add water to these pouches—like chicken pot pie or three sisters scramble—and cook them up after they've rehydrated.

7. Bridgeview Vineyard boxed wine ($20)

This easily transported 3-liter box of local wine is the equivalent of four bottles.

8. Columbia Sportswear Tech Attack Shell 

Available at: Columbia Sportswear, 911 SW Broadway, 226-6800, ($70)

Hopefully you won't need a jacket during your summer adventures—but we all know you're smarter than to leave without it.

9. Rambling Ravens Designs Coffey Chair ($94.99)

Designed specifically for backpackers, this 1-pound chair beats sitting on a rock for your entire camping trip.

10. Six Moon Designs Lunar Duo Outfitter ($142)

A two-person tent made with polyester rather than nylon, it's one of the most spacious tents available for the ultralight packing weight of 3.5 pounds.

11. Keen Tilden Backpack

Available at: Keen Garage, 505 NW 13th Ave., 971-200-4040, ($100)

A daypack with a spot for your Camelbak hydration system and a foam back that keeps you cool on the trail.

12. Danner Boots

Available at: Danner Factory Store, 12021 NE Airport Way, 251-1111, and Made in Oregon stores, ($299.95)

Danner boots are commonly used by U.S. troops—if they can stand up in Afghanistan, the Northwest's terrain probably won't be much of a problem.

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