If you’re looking for a documentary about women in the outdoors, look no further than Women Outward Bound, from Minneapolis filmmaker, Maxine Davis. The film details the very first Outward Bound wilderness school for girls.
One thing you might not know about us is that we’re a women-owned company. That’s right, Gitchi was founded by two gals! Gals who enjoy spending time outside: hiking, biking, kayaking, snowboarding, canoeing, camping, and more.
To honor both Mother Nature and women’s equal place in the outdoors, we’ve released a new line of goods, our Nature Is Female line.
We asked some of our fellow outdoor gals to tell us their "Nature Is Female" story. What it's like for them to be females in the wild. What nature means to them. What memories they have of the outdoors. How nature has shaped them.
We hope you enjoy these stories, learn from them, and connect with them.
“Do you need some help with that?” a well-meaning middle age dad asked me as I walked into the lake at the end of a portage. I had a 36-pound borrowed kevlar canoe balanced on my shoulders and a gaggle of boy scout onlookers wondering how I was going to get the boat in the water three feet below me.
At the beginning of 2017, we launched our Public Lands Pledge initiative. So every time you've bought one of our products, we made a promise to donate a portion of each purchase to organizations that support our national parks, state parks, or other beautiful outdoor spaces. As we've said time and time again, we value transparency and accountability, so we want you to know that we've followed through on our promise.
Wisconsin is no slouch when it comes to bodies of water. It's home to many lakes, rivers, and even some beautiful waterfalls. We've traveled near and far across Wisconsin to hunt for these gorgeous water features designed by Mother Nature. And now we've got 10 must-see waterfall recommendations (with a few bonus falls) for you.
There are so many ways we love to experience nature, and one of our favorites is by paddling. Kayaking and canoeing, even paddle boarding on occasion. We love seeing the wild by water and Wisconsin's wilderness is no exception. The Land of 15,000 Lakes (and 12,600 rivers and streams) is chock full of paddling opportunities, and our beautiful state parks make for a great place to start.
After paddling many a Wisconsin state park, we're happy to offer up these six recommendations for both river and lake excursions.
One of my absolute favorite things to do in the world is to hop into my trusty little SUV and drive west to explore this country’s rugged landscapes and the many gorgeous western National Parks this country has to offer. This past fall I was able to revisit the national park that completely stole my heart: Glacier National Park.
Each year the National Park Service celebrates our nation’s greatest parks with National Park Week. This week happens to be that week! And we are releasing a line of goods to honor our beautiful National Parks… and of all public lands that all of us get to enjoy.
As American citizens, we have a unique and wonderful right, the right to enjoy beautiful public lands that are set aside for all of us. It’s a right rooted in the democratic idea that the country is for the people. This notion that land should be made available to every citizen, not just the wealthiest and most privileged among us, has long been a cherished part of our American fabric.
At Gitchi, we feel pretty deeply about living life to the fullest and making the most of our time on this beautiful planet. We opt for experiences that make us feel fully alive. Hiking up mountains with amazing vistas, bombing down hills on bicycles, gazing up at the night sky and feeling part of something so much bigger. And we believe that the recipe for a life fully lived is actually pretty simple.
The air outside has a crisp edge to it, and the humidity and bugs have finally started to disappear. The first few yellow-tipped leaves are scattering across the grass, making the truth undeniable: like it or not, the fall season is comin' in hot.
In the Northwoods we take this time seriously, as it seems to come and go in a matter of days. And what better way to cherish the beautiful golds, burnt oranges, and bright reds of the season than by getting outside for a hike? There are many exceptional places to take in the fall scenery, but today we'd like to put in our plug for Jay Cooke State Park in northeastern Minnesota.
At Gitchi, we're always looking to raise the bar for our sustainability standards. Sometimes that means being mindful of big things -- like examining the environmental and social impacts of every product we put out into the world -- and at other times, it's simply making small but significant tweaks in the way already we do business.
One small step we're proud to take is investing in carbon-neutral shipping. You've probably heard the term "carbon neutral," but what exactly does it mean? Let's break it down.
Fantastic food. Local drinks. Art, music, and outdoor adventure opportunities galore. For all of these and so many more of your favorite things packed into one area, look no further than Door County, Wisconsin.
At Gitchi, we hail from the Midwest and we’re well aware of our reputation in the hiking world as “flatlanders.” In spite of that, we love hiking all over the globe and enjoy the grueling feeling of a nice elevation gain. So in our home state of Wisconsin, we try to marry the beauty of the Midwest with any elevation we can find, and one of the best places to do this is at Devil’s Lake State Park.
We’ve got some news for y’all and we’re pretty darn excited about it! Today we are officially a member of 1% for the Planet, an organization that connects businesses and consumers with nonprofits, to create positive change for the planet and its people.
There are the things you do because they are required for daily living. The errands and maintenance that simply must get done.
There are the things you do because they’re pleasant ways to pass the time. The neighborhood walks or the afternoon nap in a sunny park.
Then there are the things you do because they light your very bones on fire. The breathtaking, soul-fulfilling, make-your-heart-sing kinds of things. We believe these are the things that make us feel fully alive.
Gitchi was founded in the hand-shaped state of Wisconsin, near the ring finger’s proximal phalange, a place called Eau Claire. While we love to travel and see the many natural wonders of the world, one of our favorite places is in our own state, a place we call “the most superior of lakes” for reasons both affectionate and literal.
Hi! We’re Sam and Sarah, founders of Gitchi Adventure Goods. In the relatively short time we’ve been in business, we’ve been asked one question many times: WHY? Why did we opt to hang a (e-commerce) shingle and wade into the scary/exciting world of business ownership? Well, we started Gitchi for three reasons.