Camping Recipes, Trip Planning

Gourmet Camping Menu

February 5, 2014

Hassle-Free, Delicious, Camping Menu

Take a quick/easy trip and eat well too!

Duluth is known for many things… one of which: delicious cuisine. Duluth restaurants are featured on foodie road trips. There are even many Duluth restaurants that have been featured on the Food Network.  Even us outdoorsy folk appreciate fine dining; although camping and fine dining aren’t usually in the same sentence (unless you’re a glamper: here). While reading through a recent issue of Backpacker Magazine, we found a “no-nonsense” recipe that would make our go-to favorite, the hotdog, seem lackluster. Next time we go out for a quick trip, we’re using this menu:

The Menu

Breakfast 1
On the road

Lunches 1 & 2
Bagels with avocado and cucumber

Dinner 1
Garden State Quesadilla

Breakfast 2
General Washington Griddle cakes

Apples, trail mix


The Grocery List

Bunch spinach
Powdered milk
Trail mix
Whole wheat tortillas
Shredded cheddar
Salt, pepper, cayenne, cinnamon, and maple syrup


The Recipes

Garden State Quesadilla
1-½ cups shredded cheddar
4 whole-wheat tortillas
2 Jersey tomatoes, chopped
1 handful spinach
2 pads butter
Salt and pepper

Heat a frying pan and grease it with half a pad of butter. Lay down the tortilla, and layer cheese, tomatoes, spinach, and cheese again. Cook 3-4 minutes, regrease pan, flip, and cook until golden brown and crispy.


General Washington Griddle Cakes
2 cups powder milk
1 cup flour
4 large eggs
¼ cup sugar4 apples, sliced
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Heat and grease pan. Combine milk, eggs, flour, sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl. Pour ¼ cup blobs of batter into pan and top with apple. Bake until pancake is light brown (3-4 minutes), then flip and cook 2-3 minutes.

Tips from us:

  • Measure out the powdered milk, flour, sugar, and cinnamon for the Griddle Cakes in a container before you leave home. The container will double as your mixing bowl when adding the eggs.
  • Print this post off (or screen shot it on your smart phone) and you’ll be set for your next 30-ish hour camp trip.


So what do you think? Will you give it a shot? What do you normally like to eat while camping?

Stay tuned… We just might bring you more of these! Thanks, Backpacker.




Source: Backpacker Magazine

The Lowdown

A Visit from Congressman Rick Nolan

January 23, 2014

Today, the Duluth Pack factory got a visit from MN’s own, Congressman Rick Nolan. Our staff was honored by his visit to our 103 year old factory! Thank you, Congressman, for taking the time to learn more about Minnesota manufacturing. Come back any time!

Congressman Nolan learning the art of leather cutting from Jim

Congressman Nolan learning the art of leather cutting from Jim

Congressman Nolan meeting our sewer, Tracie
Congressman Nolan meeting our sewer, Tracie

Congressman Nolan learning how to rivet from Brian
Congressman Nolan learning how to rivet from Brian

Congressman Nolan, his new Safari Portfolio, and the seamstress who made it
Congressman Nolan, his new Safari Portfolio, and the seamstress who made it, Debbie




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Outdoor Adventure Series 2014 Begins Feb. 4

January 20, 2014

Duluth Pack Welcomes Six New Experts to Discuss Outdoor Experiences – Free Public Event

 Every year Duluth Pack brings expert adventurers to Duluth to share their extraordinary experiences with the public for free. 2014’s Outdoor Adventure Series starts on February 4th. On 6 separate nights, we will hear stories from 6 unique individuals with experiences ranging from kayaking in New Zealand, to hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Join us at the Duluth Pack retail store at 365 Canal Park Drive to attend this free event on 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, & 3/11 at 7:00 PM. There is free parking in all of Canal Park.

Comment below on which one you are most excited for! Read on for a description on each of the presentations:


Julie Buckles,   February 4, 2014



“Paddling to Winter”

Fourteen years ago on May 1, Julie Buckles and Charly Ray embarked on a rather unusual honeymoon, starting one mile from their front door. Dipping their paddles into Lake Superior, they paddled their handmade wood-canvas canoe 1,700 miles north and west to Wollaston Lake in Saskatchewan and landed at Estevan Island—where they lived for eight months. This presentation will also include a book signing of Julie’s book, Paddling to Winter.

Sara Mowchan,   February 11, 2014



“Appalachian Trail – A 6 month Thru-Hike”

In April of 2013, Sara Mowchan set out to do the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail, a hiking trail extending between Georgia and Maine. She would complete the trail in 6 months, hiking through a total of 13 states. The Appalachian Trail has grown in popularity for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. On average in 2013, 4,000 hikers started the trail intending to finish. Only 25% of those people were successful. Sara will talk about the physical/mental endurance, adventure, and minimalist lifestyle required to complete the journey and share many of her photos taken along the way.

Mike and Kate Link,   February 18, 2014



“New Zealand-A Search for Closure”

In 1990, Backpacker Magazine featured an article highlighting the conversations that Mike Link and his son, Matt, shared over campfires before Matt’s untimely death while kayaking in New Zealand, in 1989. This presentation will follow Mike and Kate Link’s journey to New Zealand, nearly two decades later, to discover additional meaning of Matt’s passion for outdoor adventure and the inherent risk we all accept in pursuing our passions.

Mark and Katya Gordon,   February 25, 2014



“Big Waves, Small Boat, Two Kids – A Decade of Gordon Family Sailing Adventures”

The Gordon’s are a bona fide sailing Family. Together, Mark and Katya Gordon have sailed well over 15,000 miles on Lake Superior and beyond with their two daughters, Cedar (11) and Lamar (8).  Their sailing vessel, the Amicus II, is a custom-built 40′ steel cutter. In June 2013 they completed their second sailing cruise to the Bahamas and back from Lake Superior, logging just over 5,000 miles in 10 months.  The Gordon’s will share their stories of sailing the high seas and big waters of Lake Superior while studying climate change and raising a family.

Erik Bruhnke,   March 4, 2014



“Preparation for Raptor Migration”

Have you ever wondered what kind of hawk that is… hanging out in the woods, or circling overhead? Birds of prey tend to be one of the most difficult varieties of birds to identify. Join Erik Bruhnke as he shares an exciting assortment of field identification techniques and personal experiences for learning raptors both up close and at a distance. Throughout the past six fall seasons, Erik has captured the hearts of visitors at Hawk Ridge through teaching others about the subtleties of avian field identification. He is ready to get you hooked on the thrilling world of raptors, using a combination of his raptor photography, identification tricks and his love for teaching others about birds.

Martin Kubik,   March 11, 2014



“Pow Wow – The Wounded BWCA Trail/Year II”

Would you go in if you knew that you might not come out? The Forest Service built the Pow Wow Trail after the BWCA Wilderness Act of 1978 was passed. Thirty-three years later, the Pow Wow Trail nearly vanished in the inferno of the Pagami Creek Fire in 2011. Kubik speaks about the hikers’ ordeal on the Pow Wow last summer while they climbed over 1,200 tree falls blocking the trail. In this presentation you will be able to hear how quickly nature takes over: scores of lost rock cairns, fireweed growing shoulder high, impenetrable wall of aspen going wild after the fire.   Forest Service crews worked to resurrect the trail, but Martin Kubik shows that much more needs to be done.  He offers simple and yet effective ideas on how to help to bring this BWCAW treasure trail back so that hikers like you can enjoy the Pow Wow again.   

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Introducing.. the Leather Clutch

January 8, 2014

Leather Clutch

We’d like to introduce our newest product: the Leather Clutch


While you’re dressed to the nines and headed out on the town, the Duluth Pack Leather Clutch will give your outfit a classic and subtle boost. No longer does carrying your necessities have to detract from your fancy ensemble… This simply designed handbag will have you feeling timelessly elegant for many exciting evenings to come.

• Premium pebbled and smooth leather make it a multi-generational heirloom.
• Interior zip pocket along the front side for securing loose items using the tough YKK zipper brand. Leather Clutch Close Up


• Single snap in the center of the flap to firmly secure the sleeve.

Guaranteed for life.
Made in the USA.

Dimensions: 6”H x 11”W

Find it here:

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4 Easy Gift Guides – For Business to Backwoods People

December 11, 2013

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Still stuck on what to get for your office-living cousin, your hunting-obsessed father, globetrotter sister, or your city-dwelling daughter? Here are four gift guides to get your thought’s on the right track and your worries replaced with holiday cheer.

Find all of the items above at Or below in the details:

Business Person:
Bison Standard Portfolio
Document Brief
Leather Belt
Bison Notepad Holder
Bifold Wallet
Travel Mug

Growler Pack
Travel Mug
Faribault Wool Tote
Camera Pouch
Roll-Top Scout
Red Wing Mug

Backwoods Person:
Helle Eggen Knife
Canvas Bottle Pouch
Bison Rifle Case
Mini Tackle Box
Wicking Gaitor
Lumbar Pack
Lumber Jack Pack

Kit Bag
Bison Sportsman’s Duffel
Classic Carry-On
Travel Wallet
Luggage Tag

Gear Talk, The Lowdown

Gift’s Under $25 at Duluth Pack

December 6, 2013
Gifts Under $25 Available at Duluth Pack

Gifts Under $25 Available at Duluth Pack

Looking for some stocking stuffers or a gift for a friend? Having a made in the USA holiday? This list has 23 great options all under $25 (and made in America) available at Find more holiday gift ideas here:

1) Promo Tote – Envelope Style – $25
2) Cabin Campfire Incense Holder – $9.95
3) Paul Bunyan Crayons – 6 assorted colors $18
4) J.R. Ligget’s All Natural Shampoo Bar – $7
5) Maple Syrup – $11.95 (flavors available at the Duluth Pack Retail Store)
6) Duluth Pack Logo Key Fob – $5
7) Duluth Pack Wool Stocking Ornament – $10
8) Minnesota Cutting Board by Epicurean – $24.99
9) Duluth Pack T-Shirt – $20
10) Duluth Pack Patch – $3.95
11) Firebuggz Fire Fishing Pole – $24.99
12) Lake Superior Chocolate Rocks – $9
13) Northern Lakes Pancake Mix – $4.99
14) Duluth Pack Canoe Cap – $20 (more colors available at the Duluth Pack Retail Store)
15) Mini Duluth Pack & Ornament – $20
16) All Natural Hand-Poured Soy Candle by Crafted in the Woods – $12.95
17) Wild Rice – $7.99 (more options available)
18) Pinon Pine Incense Cones – $5.95
19) Red Wing Mug with Duluth Pack Logo – $18
20) Leather Moose – $9
21) Duluth Pack Can Koozy – $3.50
22) Duluth Pack Coffee – $11.95
23) Jams by Jan – $7.95

Techniques & Advice, The Lowdown

Small Business Saturday

November 26, 2013

Spending locally is worth your money. When spending locally, more of your money goes back to your local economy than money spent at a chain store. American Express made a lovely infographic that highlights the benefits of shopping local. Check it out below!

This Saturday, Nov. 30th, is Small Business Saturday. Join us in making an extra effort to stop by all of your favorite local companies. You can also come down to the Duluth Pack retail store or go online at to support this city, state, and country. We’re proud to say that our factory has been in Duluth, Minnesota ever since we were founded in 1882. We thank you for your support!

Supporting Small Business Statistics

The Lowdown

New Product: Roll-Top Scout

November 21, 2013
New Roll-Top Pack in the World-Famous “Scout” Series
Roll Top Scout at Enger Park
DULUTH, MINN. November 12, 2013 – Duluth Pack is adding a new product to their ever-popular “Scout” series: the Roll-Top Scout. An ideal companion for bikers and commuters alike, the bag offers the option of rolling the bag down to accommodate a small load or higher to pack everything you might need for a weekend. Like all the packs in the Scout series, the pack rides snug against the back. That means no shifting on your back on your ride to work, and no accidentally bumping in to strangers on the subway.
The Scout Series started with the Scout Pack, a scaled-down version of our world-famous canoe pack patented in 1882. The concept for the series arose when a New York Times fashion writer, who happened to be a long-time Duluth Pack fan, proposed the concept of the smaller bags. Duluth Pack has since added to the line with the Laptop Scout, the Scoutmaster, Laptop Scoutmaster, and the Deluxe Scoutmaster.
As always, this pack is handcrafted in Duluth Pack’s 102-year-old factory in Duluth, Minnesota, by true artisans. All our bags are guaranteed for life on all craftsmanship and hardware. Find the Roll-Top Scout at Duluth Pack’s retail store in Duluth, and online at
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