Pinnacle Camper: Gourmet Kitchen on the Go [photo: GSI]
One of the perks of car camping or river-tripping with kids is that—unlike backpacking—you don’t have to count ounces. If there’s room in the car or boat, go ahead and throw in the beach bocce ball set, the camp chairs, and the squirt guns. Same goes for your backcountry kitchen: There’s no reason to limit yourself to one-pot meals when you can pack a lightweight, super-efficient cook set and table ware designed for “gourmet camping” (code for “splurge and bring the good stuff.”)
We put this approach to the test last week on our maiden voyage in our 1961 Safari Airstream. Rather than try to dredge up all our battered and scattered pots and tin plates from our camping box, we consolidated with GSI Outdoor’s new Pinnacle Camper cook set. Unpacking the “integrated cooking and eating solution,” as the company calls it, is a little like watching a few dozen clowns climb out of a VW bug. It is shockingly compact but crammed with tons of useful stuff: two anodized aluminum pots (3 liter and 2 liter), a fry pan, two rubber lids, a pot gripper, four plates, four insulated mugs, four color-coded bowls, and a welded stuff sack that doubles as a wash basin (and, in a pinch, an Easter basket).