A camping trip to somewhere completely remote without computers, television, and cell
service would be right up my alley… a year ago. With the arrival of my bundle of joy came some limitations for now. A more current reality is camping where walking back to the car to get all the good for dinner is the only hiking involved. Maybe some of you are capable of hiking Everest with a baby strapped to your front and everything you need to survive for a month strapped to your back and all I have to say about that is more power to you. As for me, I’ll stick to my campsite twenty minutes away from home. One of the advantages to this is that I can bring more than I can personally carry, including cookware. There is no better way to end a day outdoors with my family than a proper meal, and the GSI Pinnacle Camper is the ultimate, integrated cooking and eating solution.
The saying, “everything but the kitchen sink” doesn’t even stack up to the Pinnacle Camper. It includes two pots, one frying pan, four cups, four bowls, four plates, a removable handle, two pot lids, and a welded PVC stuff sack that doubles as a wash basin. All this only weights three pounds, eight ounces, and the entire set packs up to a compact 6 x 9 inches.
The components of the Pinnacle Camper can be divided into three main categories: cooking gear, eating gear, and the sink. The cookware is comprised of a 3L and a 2L pot, as well as a frying pan. There are two lids, the larger of which fits both the larger pot and the frying pan. The set comes with Infinity eating ware, which is GSI’s name for their lightweight polycarbonate plastic. The plates are four different colors and the mug/bowl combinations are colored to match the plates. Each mug/bowl forms one quarter of a cylinder, so packing all four together fills the space inside the smaller pot. The outer piece is the bowl, which has a single wall. The bowl could also be used as a measuring cup since it’s marked with 200 and 400 ml, as well as 1 and 2 cups lines. Fitting tightly inside the bowl is the mug. The lid to the mug has two small vents at the corners for sipping even when the lid is on. The sink actually doubles as a cover for the larger pot, protecting the outside of the cookset from scratches. I was amazed at how well the different pieces are integrated into the overall system.
The durability of the set seems unmatched as it was build to survive the toughest conditions with an unprecedented level of scratch and abrasion resistance. Each piece is hard anodized for durability. The cooking surfaces are then treated with Teflon with Radiance technology, a coating developed by Dupont that is not only non-stick, but actually heats faster too. The crushproof, heat-resistant strainer lid and silicone ring will not deform in packs and works with either the pot or the frypan.
The kit comes with a set of instructions and I needed a little practice putting it all back together, but if you want to enjoy a gourmet cooking experience while car camping, the GSI Pinnacle Camper cookset will fit the mold perfectly. It’s designed in an innovative and convenient way while never skimping on quality and performance.