How to recycle fuel canisters


Ever wonder how to recycle those empty fuel canisters? This primer from MSR walks you through the four easy steps…

  1. Make sure the canister is totally empty. You should use all the gas for cooking – it’s better to burn the hydrocarbons than release them.

  2. If you think there could be some gas left you can purge it by attaching your stove, inverting it, and opening the valve. This will allow any remaining gas to leave the canister. Make sure you’re clear of any potential flame or source of sparks while doing this.

  3. Once you’re sure the canister is empty, you need to puncture it so it meets recycling requirements. You don’t need a special tool to do this just puncture it with a can opener or a sharp object like a screwdriver or an ice axe. Don’t use a saw because it can create sparks that will ignite remaining fuel. You don’t need to remove the valve to meet mixed metal requirements.

  4. Now, deposit your canister where mixed metals are accepted.

Layering 101

The key to outdoor cold weather comfort is layers. Consider your activity level and length you'll be outside to determine the weight of insulation needed. The best of of layering is the ability to add and remove layers to regulate your temperature for the duration of your activity.

Base Layer, insulation and weather protection are the three keys to layering effectively. You'll be ready to get out there!


5 Reasons Shopping Local is the Best

With two locally owned shops in Ashland we have unique gifts and fun items for everyone on your list this holiday. Check out our women's clothing boutique, Solstice, on Main Street in downtown Ashland for inspired, fashionable and unique clothing and accessories. Looking for something a little more sporty and active head down to our gear store, Solstice Outdoors to find your favorite outdoor brands. Here's why we think shopping with us is awesome!

  1. Extended holiday hours at both locations
  2. Free gift wrapping
  3. Helpful personal shoppers that will help you select awesome gifts
  4. Easy parking
  5. Two great stores filled with unique gift


Custom Lake Superior gift items for the lake lover in all of us!

Locally made Lake Superior ceramic mugs. Dishwasher safe and the perfect way to enjoy your morning joe. (Joe is also the pottery dude).

Lake Superior adjustable trucker hats. Great for everyone! On size fits most.

12 and 16 oz Hydroflasks will bring joy to the java drinker. Keeps drinks hot for 6 hours and cold for 24. Custom insulated Klean Kanteen coffee mugs and bottles are also available. All in fresh new colors!

Handmade silver Lake Superior wire necklace

Lake Superior soft beach towels. Psst...they make a great family gift. Get 20% OFF when you purchase a set of four!

Gently Used Kayaks For Sale

It's that time again for our end of season gear sale. We have some awesome gently used boats available. Quantities are limited. Boats will be available for pick up on September 12th. Call or stop in to purchase.

Ocean Kayak Prowler Big Game II   SALE PRICE $8952 in stock

Necky Manitou Sport                        SALE PRICE $6233 in stock

  Ocean Kayak Malibu XL                  SALE PRICE $6232 in stock

Spooktacular Socks....Darn Tough

Get a Spooktacular pair of Darn Tough socks, FREE with a $50 purchase on Thursday, October 24th from 4-7p.m. for Witches Night Out in downtown Ashland. While supplies last! We guarantee you'll love them!  Vermont made socks that come with a lifetime guarantee.It doesn't get any better than this!

Staff Pick Tuesday...Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra WP

Reviewer: Katie

Item: The Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra is trail shoe built for the northwoods. It's got just the right amount of support for varied terrain, but light and stable. With wet trails in the fall it goes the distance. It's a great shoe for spring and fall.

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Ice Caves...A Spectacular Adventure

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Ice Cave

Adventuring this past weekend with gal pals took us to the ice caves of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. This place, right in our backyard is pristine and rather untouched in the summer, but this winter has transformed into spectacular displays of ice and caves, real caves with cubbies, crevices, ice and frost formations that look more like underground stalagmites and stalactites. The stark contrast of the gradient sandstone cliffs along the lakeshore and ice is what has drawn "cavers" from near and far. As a local I was rather skeptical that this year the ice caves would look any different than in years past, but they are quite amazing and worth the trip up to Cornucopia to hike, ski or snowshoe out to view their majesty. It won't be long before mother nature's ice display will be transformed into drops of water that collectively become waves crashing into the cliffs this spring and summer. Instead of trekking out on frozen Lake Superior we'll be paddleboarding along the shore in the summer sunshine.

If you go be prepared. The conditions change daily. Be sure to check the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore site for up to date ice conditions. Here's a few things we recommend:

  • Buff neck gaitor and warm hat
  • Touchscreen friendly gloves for snapping photos
  • Wind proof pants and water resistant pants. You'll want to climb in and crawl around the caves when you're out there.  My personal favorite is the Sporthill's Zone 3 Pant. It's a go anywhere, do anything outside winter pant
  • Winter boots with good soles such as the Sorel Joan of Arctic
  • IceTrekkers to keep you upright on the ice and snow packed trail
  • Water and a CLIF Bar or Honey Stinger Waffle to refuel
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses even on a cloudy day to keep the wind and glare off your face
  • Ski, snowshoe or trekking poles for stability

Gearing Up for Race Day


Twelve weeks ago, twenty one women and two men signed up with Solstice Outdoors to form a 10K and Half Marathon Training Team, a group designed to take on the Whistlestop Half Marathon, Cruisin' the Corridor 10K and other local races. These dedicated participates began a twelve week training program with Certified Personal Trainer, Mari-Kay Nabozny that has successfully prepared them physically and mentally for the big race this coming Saturday!

Group leader, Mari-Kay Nabozny, has coached several runners who completed their first races or set new personal records while igniting their passion for distance running. She provides fun and effective fitness programs that improve overall fitness level while offering positive support, encouragement, and proper workouts! Mari has completed 28 half-marathons, 2 marathons, and a 70.3 half-Ironman.

"Training with a running group is a fabulous way to enter into the sport of running and meet other new runners and have your questions and fears addressed by a trainer. Training groups also keep seasoned runners motivated towards their goals and connected to their community. The 2013 running group has put in countless hours and miles getting ready for Whistlestop weekend and very prepared to race and cross that finish line smiling and in their goal times. Friendships have been forged over the last 3 months and will continue to grow as the team is already planning spring races to compete in together and plan to train over the winter together, says Mari.

Katie Gellatly, owner of Solstice Outdoors and one of the primary sponsors of the Whistlestop commented, “ We are excited to support this group of dedicated individuals and to be a part of an event that supports our mission to be a catalyst in the community for connecting customers to the outdoors and to one another. We can't wait to see the members of our group and all the other racers cross the finish line!”

If you are interested in running but not ready to commit to a race, Solstice Outdoors encourages you to try out their Thursday night Happy Hour Run Group. Anyone interested simply can meet at the store at 5:30 pm every Thursday to head out on a three to six mile jog around town. Multiple levels of experience from fast runners to beginners are welcome to join. As a bonus, Solstice Outdoors is now giving away long sleeve t-shirts when you run with them for four weeks!

The Whistlestop Marathon and Half Marathon is Saturday, October 11th and 12th. The course begins in Iron River, Wisconsin and finishes in Ashland, Wisconsin on Lake Superior's south shore. Before the race, be sure to check out the Solstice Outdoor booth at the finish line and also visit the shop on Main Street for the latest in fall fashions, essential running gear, and for more information regarding their running groups.

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