Just a quick tip to pass along: paint your stakes. I like bright orange, but any bright or neon color will work. For you weight weenies out there, it doesn’t add that much weight at all, and it prevents accidentally leaving a stake in the grass even if you do a dummy sweep as you leave your site. I still have all the stakes I started with, even after 2,400+ miles. I also just repainted them; it takes five minutes and is totally worth it.
One of my bigger flaws is admitting I don’t know something. I hate for attention to be drawn to my ignorance, and that flaw has kept me from pursuing hobbies or goals that would otherwise really strengthen me. It’s also annoyed the heck out of Thrillbilly, because he’s usually the one teaching me things. Continue reading “Like camping, but on steroids”
Because everyone deserves a hot meal at the end of the day (Part 2)
I have some friends that go stoveless while backpacking. It saves weight, money, and is sometimes required on certain sections of trail out West where the fire hazard is too high to allow backpacking stoves. While I could go stoveless, I never want to. Sometimes the only thing that gets you up the last mountain or across that last stretch is the thought of a hot meal that evening. I reviewed the MSR Pocket Rocket earlier, and now I’m going to talk about the second part of the hot meal camp kitchen: your cooking pot.
Because everyone deserves a hot meal at the end of the day (Part 1)
My name may be Firestarter, but I hate starting fires. I’m far too lazy to enjoy the effort that goes into finding an existing fire ring (or place that will be minimally affected), gathering downed wood, finding kindling, starting the fire, perilously boiling water or cooking food in/on/near the fire, maintaining the fire, staying up until the fire is out, and dispersing all the coals in the morning. Why do that when you can have a camp stove up and going in under a minute?