THE UNBREAKABLE ADVENTURE PLAN
Take life outdoors one level higher. Here’s how.
On the Move
Tip: Sneak a surprise into your partner's pack
1. Peanut M&Ms
On The Move
Pack the perfect Backcountry Bar Kit >
Surprise your buddy with a full-service camp cocktail menu that includes: Old Fashioned, Whiskey Sour, Boulevardier, Manhattan, and Mint Julep. With this kit, you can make two of each.
Make Any Road Trip More Fun >
You can toss an iPad at your buddies in the backseat. Or you can keep everyone entertained. Here are two options, each at opposite ends of the, um, educational spectrum.
Test your spelling and your poker face with this fast-moving word game.
* Player 1 selects any letter of the alphabet.
* The other players take turns selecting letters. The goal is to build toward a word without being the one to finish the word.
* You must have a real word in mind when you choose a letter. If you don’t, another player can call BS. If they’re right, you’re out. If they’re wrong, they’re out.
* If you lose once, you have a G. If you lose twice, you have a GH. When you have GHOST, you’re out of the game.
THE COW GAME
If your road trip takes you through, say, rural North Carolina, Utah, or western Colorado, you’ll likely pass through miles of ranch country. Here’s how to take advantage:
* When a player spots a herd of cattle, they shout, “My cows!” They must then offer an estimate of how many.
* You can also claim horses, llamas, sheep, etc. but all players must agree on an exchange rate (e.g. one horse = four cows).
* If you’re the first to spot a church, you can marry your cows, doubling your total.
* If you’re the first to spot a graveyard, you can kill the cows of another player.
* The person with the most cows (or cow equivalents) at the end of the game wins.
White crew socks
Purple knee-highs with tacos on them
1. The weather is going to be ________ (beautiful; just right for using your new rain gear; perfect for keeping the crowds away; the best kind of Type II fun).
2. What else have you been working out for?
3. No service = no work emails all weekend.
4. I’ve already packed all your favorite
snacks (liquid and otherwise).
5. The Instagram pics are going to be
How to Christen Your Trusty Ride
Your bike/boat/SUP is practically a member of the family. And like any family member, it needs a nickname. >
Yes, your neighborhood trail is fine. But this is no time for fine. You can do better than fine this summer. It’s time to raise your adventure game. Trails must be explored. Rivers must be swum. Camp feasts must be cooked. Friends must be wowed. Routines must be shaken--or, if you prefer, stirred. From our favorite camp cocktails to rope-swing tricks, here are 24 ways to level up your backcountry carousing and do summer right.
5 Last-Minute Adventure Snacks
Got out the door too fast? Grab these favorites at a gas station on the way. >
*2 four-ounce plastic bottles (for packing vermouth and simple syrup)
*2 two-ounce bottles (for packing Campari and bitters)
*1 larger bottle (to use as a shaker)
*4 ounces sweet vermouth
*1 ounce Angostura bitters
*3 ounces simple syrup (equal parts sugar and hot water)
*2 maraschino cherries (in a zip-top bag)
*10 mint leaves (in a zip-top bag)
*1 can Stillhouse Black Bourbon
Convince your partner that, yes, this is totally a good idea >
Polish Your Sales Pitch
With hints of baked apples, cinnamon, natural oats, brown sugar, ginger and nutmeg, and the kick of Stillhouse 100% clear corn whiskey, you’ve got Stillhouse Apple Crisp Whiskey. The Stillhouse one-of-a-kind, stainless steel package chills quickly and stays cold for a long time so you can take good times where glass can’t follow.
Stillhouse Black Bourbon is a masterful blend of corn, rye, barley, and limestone water. This liquid is distilled to perfection, barreled in charred new American Oak barrels before being charcoal filtered, then rested and mellowed in roasted small batch coffee beans. The perfect option to take your bourbon out of the recliner and put it back in the saddle.
Stillhouse Classic Vodka, all-natural & gluten-free, is distilled from 100% estate grown corn and limestone water, then filtered to perfection through sugar maple charcoal, resulting in a polished finish. Encased in a striking bone white version of the brand's signature 100% stainless steel can, Stillhouse Classic Vodka is crafted for those who were born to stand out and go freely where others can't go: those with an Unbreakable Spirit.
Stillhouse Spiced Cherry Whiskey infuses the award-winning Stillhouse Original Whiskey with a blend of holiday spices, bold black cherry and a hint of vanilla, making Spiced Cherry a fall favorite.
Fun fact: invented by ski-resort workers, snow-shovel sledding was once in the Winter X Games. Funner fact: when racers started modifying their shovels to go 80-plus miles per hour, the event was nixed.
Here’s how to do the O.G. version (relatively) safely. >
* Does your vessel have a pirate vibe? Or is she more clean-cut?
* If clean-cut, start with a prefix. SS, HMS, and USS all add an air of sophistication.
* If piratical, choose something to suit (e.g. Blackbeard, Captain Hook).
* To try out your new name, shout “_____ to starboard!” at the top of your lungs at odd moments. See how it feels.
* Aim for the ironic. If your bike is total trash, go for something sleek and badass. Like Seabiscuit. Or Thor.
* Some bikes have star-level personality. Try a celebrity or historical figure--like Celine Dion. Or Margaret Thatcher.
* When all else fails, try this formula:
* Your bike’s name = its color + your favorite meteorological phenomenon. Black Rain? Red Thunder? Let’s ride.
If clothes send a message, yours should say: “I’m gonna have fun.”
1. Use a wide shovel--snow shovels and coal shovels work best, but a large backcountry avalanche shovel can work in the right conditions.
2. If you have a closed-cell-foam sit pad, use it to cushion the shovel seat.
3. Pick a mellow slope with a smooth snow surface. Avoid slopes with deep snow, submerged rocks, or other hazards.
4. Sit with the handle between your legs and pointed downhill.
5. Keep your heels up to gain speed, or drop your heels to brake.
6. To steer, shift your weight slightly and lean in the direction you’d like to go.
7. Go one at a time to avoid collisions.
8. Stow an unbreakable stainless-steel can of Stillhouse Apple Crisp Whiskey in your jacket and toast your group’s run at the bottom.
The lazy man’s way to check for sleeping-pad punctures.
Backcountry Gear Hack
Forage for Cocktail Ingredients
Here’s how to use berries, pine needles, and more of nature’s bounty to upgrade happy hour
1. BERRIES: You can add thimbleberries to a hot toddy or mulberries to sweeten a whiskey sour. Always make sure you can identify the berry with absolute certainty before consuming it. Not sure? Stick to compound berries--like raspberries, blackberries, and salmon berries--nearly all of which are edible.
2. FIR AND SPRUCE TIPS: Use Douglas fir or spruce tips (the pale green needles found at the ends of branches in spring) to add freshness to a whiskey sour or vodka soda. Use as a garnish, or shake with ice to release extra fragrance.
3. PINE NEEDLES: Make your next hot toddy with pine-needle tea. To brew it, steep half a cup of young green needles in boiling water for five minutes. Then strain out the needles.
4. HERBS: Add wild mint to mojitos, garnish your mug with rosemary sprigs, or make simple syrup from dandelion-petal tea. (Just make sure you’re 100 percent confident in your plant ID first.)
Take a detour
How to do a backflip on a rope swing >
How to do a backflip on a rope swing
Chill Your Drinks
Step 1: Bring a heavy-duty mesh bag with a reliable drawstring.
Step 2. Load it with glass-free beverages like seltzers, beers, or a can of Stillhouse Classic Vodka.
Step 3: Clip the bag to the stern.
5 criteria for choosing a legendary cathole site >
Loo With a View
1. Good, soft, diggable soil (critical)
2. Shrubbery, boulders, or a small hillside (nature’s privacy screen)
3. Reachable squatting aid like a rock, log, or tree
4. Likelihood of wildlife sightings (bonus points for eye contact)
5. A five-star view
Hot day on the water? Keep your cool. Here’s how to rig a drag bag for your SUP, kayak, or canoe. >
Impress your buddies with some aquatic acrobatics
1. Before you do anything, scout the bottom of the river or lake to make sure it’s deep enough and free of rocks or other hazards.
2. Grab the rope as high up as you can to give yourself the most room to flip. Hold on tight with both hands and get a swing going.
3. As you swing away from the shore, kick both legs up over your head, simultaneously dropping your head and shoulders back and down toward the water.
4. You should be nearly horizontal by the time you reach the apex of your swing. At this point, let go, continuing to kick your legs up and over to follow through.
5. Straighten as you come out of the flip to land in the water feetfirst.
At least once each summer.
Make enemies, allies, and lifelong memories on your next multiday group rafting or canoe trip.
Every boat needs a figurehead. Next time you’re on the water, pick one--a stuffie, a weird baby doll, whatever works. Lash it to the front of your canoe or raft, and have everyone else do the same. Now, any time you hit a stretch of dull scenery or flat water, you have an easy way to spice it up: all-out war. Your goal is to grab as many mascots as you can--without letting the other teams grab yours.
Capture the Flag
Watercraft edition >
Hike Naked >
Level 1: Two contenders square up, wearing only one sock each. The
game ends when one person is wearing both socks. We recommend playing on grass, sand, or another soft surface.
Level 2: Same rules, but with a vertical dimension: Find a barn or backcountry shelter with thick rafters, or adjacent trees with very sturdy branches. Hang two ropes about five feet apart. Hoist two climbers in harnesses so they’re a few feet off the ground, and then securely tie off the rope (or use a belayer). Have both climbers remove one sock each, have them swing toward each other, and watch the fun begin.
Brawling, but classy.
(For level 2, you’ll need climbing equipment.) >
Sock Wrestling 101
Use logs, rocks,
and snow to
furnish your next happy hour >
Build a Backcountry Bar
ROCKS: Big, flat stones make perfect bar tops for serving backcountry cocktails. Smaller stones can be rolled into place for seats or footstools.
WHISKEY STONES: You can use any hard, smooth rock to keep your drink cool. Wash it thoroughly, then leave it in clean snow or cold water to chill.
LOGS: Logs make great campfire seating, but smooth stumps and even flat-sided logs can be used as drink tables.
SNOW: Fill a bucket, pannier, or stuffsack with clean snow to chill whiskey stones or drinks. Or mix snow, juice, and liquor to make frozen margaritas and other cocktails. If you’re at high elevation and encounter cold, packable snow, consider using an avalanche shovel to carve a table and bench for alpine happy hour (use sleeping pads to insulate your tush).
TARP: A little rain shouldn’t get in the way of a good time. Rig it taut and at a slight slant so water rolls off.
LNT reminder: dismantle your bar and restore the natural setting when the party’s over.
How to craft the right toast for any situation >
Raise a Better Toast
Make your tent the party tent >
1. Keep it simple. And short--a minute at the most.
2. Stand and project! Better too loud than too soft to hear.
3. Add backstory. Quickly mention how you all came together.
4. Mention specifics. Touch on the highlights of an event, relationship, or day.
5. Look to the future. Finally, raise your drinks and make a toast to a specific, relevant hope for the group’s future.
Battery-powered fairy lights
Extra foam pads
Big day on the trail? This vodka margarita might not actually help your legs recover faster, but it sure is tasty.
2 ounces Stillhouse Classic Vodka
1 scoop Lemon & Lime Skratch Labs hydration mix (or 1½ tablespoons similar electrolyte mix)
2 Tbsp cold water
½ cup snow (optional)
2 lime wedges
To salt the rim: run one lime wedge around the rim of your cup to wet it. Then roll the rim across a palmful of table salt. Stir electrolyte mix and water together in a separate cup. Add vodka (and snow if you have it). Shake or stir to mix. Then pour the drink into your salt-rimmed cup, garnish with a new lime wedge, and serve.
The best part of any road trip? Those unexpected detours that lead to something exciting, often tasty, sometimes sketchy--and always memorable. Stillhouse is encouraging outdoor exuberants everywhere to take more detours this summer with advice and resources online, and IRL opportunities to sample Stillhouse drinks and local craft food, play camp games (and win prizes), and commemorate the experience with Polaroids. Learn more here and join the fun at one of the Detour stops below.
*Urban Camp Weekend, Kilgore, TX: June 24-26
*Lake of the Ozarks, Franky and Louie’s, MO: July 4
*2022 US Open of Surfing, Huntington Beach, CA: July 30-August 7
*Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Sturgis, SD: August 12-14
*Overland Expo, Denver, CO: August 26-28
5 tips for entertaining
(and scaring) your friends >
Tell Better Ghost stories
1. Know the plot by heart: Nothing ruins a story like backtracking to add a crucial, forgotten detail.
2. Don’t rush: Building suspense is all about drawn-out pauses and a slow, intentional pace.
3. Make it relevant: Make your audience feel it could happen to them: tailor the setting and character details for local places and people whenever possible.
4. Be specific: Add dates, names, and historical details to add credibility.
5. End on a cliffhanger: Is the monster still out there? Was the killer never caught? When your listeners crawl into their tents, they should be wondering.
* Cook pot and two sticks
* Beer can (or Stillhouse can) maracas
* The spoons
* Travel-size ukulele
Bring (or improvise) instruments to keep the party rolling late into the night. These are all lightweight and portable. >
Backcountry Jam Sesh
Keep the fun rolling with these backcountry versions of classic yard games >
Let the Games Begin
1. Gather eight softball-size rocks and one smaller stone for your pallino.
2. Use sticks to mark a rectangular court about 90 feet by 30 feet with a center line.
3. Split into teams of one or two. The first team tosses the pallino across the center line. Then the second team throws one of its larger rocks (the bocce balls), trying to get as close to the pallino as possible. The two teams alternate throws until they’ve thrown all four of their rocks. Be sure to remember whose rocks are whose.
4. At the end of the round, or “frame,” team one gets one point for each rock that’s closer to the pallino than team two’s closest rock (or vice versa, if team two is closer). Whichever team earns 12 points first wins.
TREKKING-POLE MINI GOLF
1. Either bring a golf ball with you or use a pinecone, a round stone, or balled-up aluminum foil.
2. Use your cathole shovel to dig a series of small holes around camp (marking them with sticks so no one twists an ankle). Bonus points for adding ramps and obstacles.
3. Using an upside-down trekking pole as a club, take turns putting. Mark your spot with a stone between turns if you only have one ball.
4. Fill in the holes when you’re done.
1. Gather 54 sticks or logs, ideally wrist-thick and about a foot long. (You can also play with fewer, as long as the total number is divisible by three.) If needed, smooth out nubs with a pocketknife.
2. Stack the sticks in layers of three, with alternating layers perpendicular to one another.
3. Take turns pulling out one stick at a time and then adding it to the top. You cannot draw from the two topmost layers. The first to topple the tower loses.
4. Scatter the pieces back into the forest before leaving camp.
Elevate this campfire classic with these five variations >
Upgrade Your S’mores
* Add Nutella and either bananas or chopped strawberries
* Swap the marshmallow for a wedge of brie
* Swap the Hershey’s for chile-infused
* Add black-cherry compote
* Swap graham crackers for fudge-striped cookies, stroopwafels, or homemade gingersnaps
Recovery Cocktail >
GOOD: Spiced Cherry Whiskey, Lego man, small plastic dinosaur
BAD: Creepy troll doll,
your used WAG bag, rocks
STILLHOUSE BLACK BOURBON
STILLHOUSE APPLE CRISP WHISKEY
STILLHOUSE CLASSIC VODKA
STILLHOUSE SPICED CHERRY WHISKEY
WHAT'LL IT BE?
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Take Your Dog Kayaking >
If you love being on the water and you love adventuring with your dog, make it a win-win by bringing your dog on paddling trips. Just ease in so your dog is comfortable with the boat, and choose mellow rivers and lakes (get a PFD for your dog if she’s not a strong swimmer). Start with these basics:
1. Introduce your dog to the kayak on land, so the boat isn’t floating and wobbling.
2. If your kayak is slippery for your dog’s paws, use marine traction tape to add grip.
3. Use lots of treats to reward getting in and out of the kayak and sitting in the kayak.
4. Your first time on the water, make entry easy by choosing a put-in with shallow, calm water, and start with the boat half in the water. Don’t push off until you’re both settled comfortably.
Campfire Cocktail >
Diversify Your Adventure >
Make the most of a weekend outdoors by planning more than one activity. Mix and match according to your preferences, skills, and gear--here are a few pairings we like:
* Climbing + Fishing
* Hiking + Paddling
* Biking + Camping
Cool evenings call for a hot drink. Heat a pot of apple cider, cinnamon sticks, lemon, star of anise, bay leaves, and apples, and add a splash of Stillhouse Black Bourbon.