Helping You Find the Right Gear for Your Adventure
Staying properly fueled and hydrated is the key to keeping you going out on the trail. As such, the proper steps need to be taken to ensure that all food and water is stored and prepared properly. We have all the tools you need to eat and drink as smart and safe as possible.
There is nothing quite like being able to prepare yourself a nice hot meal after a long day on the trail; camping stoves give you the ability to do this while still being compact, light, and retaining a low environmental impact. There are 3 main types of fuel for camping stoves: Gas, the most common, uses pressurized canisters to keep the flame going. The only potential downside is that in extreme cold, the pressure inside the canisters decreases, and gas powered stoves can become difficult to use. Liquid fuel stoves solve this problem, so if you plan to go mountaineering in extreme conditions, these are the stoves for you. While they work better in the cold, liquid stoves can be finicky to adjust, but they excel at cooking quickly. Finally, there are solid fuel stoves, which use either long-burning fuel blocks or tinder found on the trail to heat your water and food.
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If you will eat re-hydrated meals directly from the package, all you need is a long-handled spoon! The rest of us, however, will choose either a system stove with a mating pot, or a 1.5- to 2-liter cook pot with a fitted lid to keep fuel usage to a minimum. 1-liter and smaller pots are great for solo trips, but if you like to share, 2-liter pots are the most common. Non-stick pots are easy to keep clean, provided you do not scrape them with metal or sand. Stainless cook pot sets are super durable and withstand scrubbing with sand, bark, sponges, whatever you can find. Whatever cook pots you choose, when you pack for your backpacking trip, use the space in the pot to your advantage- store rice, beans, fuel, or socks inside.
Water Bottles & Storage
Simply, you need to drink water out of something. Bottles provide the benefit of being easy to use, but more importantly some have the ability to keep your water cool on a hot day, or maybe some tea warm on a cool day, for long periods of time. While they vary in size, we strongly recommend getting an insulated bottle to keep your beverage at the desired temperature for as long as possible. How much water you plan to carry around will depend on how long it will be between stops. For shorter trips, use either a few bottles or a small hydration reservoir in your pack. Hydration reservoirs allow you to drink on the go without having to dig out your bottle. For longer trips, a 3-liter hydration reservoir will keep you hydrated for treks between remote water sources. In camp, you can hang a reservoir and allow gravity to turn it into a faucet for refilling your bottle.
When it comes to drinking water, not all sources are created equal. If you may need to refill your water supply out on the trail, bring something to treat the water for your own safety. Microbes, bacteria, even viruses and chemicals can be found in some natural water sources, so you will need to neutralize them before you drink water from these sources. Wild water can be made drinkable in a variety of ways, from tablets or solutions that dissolve, to devices that use UV light, to pumps that filter, to boiling. We recommend doing some research on the safety of the water in the area you will be visiting, as your treatment solution depends on the level of sterilization that is required. As a general rule of thumb, in lightly-traveled wilderness areas of the US you can use a micro-filter to treat the water. In more heavily traveled areas, purifying the water is a safer bet.