Camping and Cooking

Equipment

As mentioned previously I am fortunate enough to already have all the lightweight equipment, needed to undertake the adventures, having needed it for mountaineering and other activities. This is equipment that i have been building up for the last 25 years and i have some nice kit now, that hasnt always been the case, I have scrimped and saved and upgraded to be able to get to this privillaged postion.

Shelter

If i know the weather is going to be crap or during the winter I use my terra Nova Voyager this is a free standing semi geodesic dome tent, ultra light weight at only 1.4 kg and strong. I have used it in  mountainous environements and found it to be boombproof and roomy given its high head height.

manufacturers spec and description

“The Superlite Voyager has now stepped out of the shadow of it’s older sibling the classic Voyager to have a re-designed back end and roof – improving it’s already impressive weather-shedding ability.

Fans of all things lightweight will also be pleased to hear that despite being longer and with a taller porch, the Superlite Voyager is now over 300g lighter than previous models and is one third lighter than the classic Voyager. The semi-geodesic design has proved itself time and again, and the new Superlite Voyager carries on that tradition for anybody travelling in all but the harshest conditions.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Season Rating Spec: 3-4 season backpacking
  • Free standing?: Yes (tent can be pitched without guying out)
  • Minimum Weight: 1.45Kg (3lb 3oz)
  • Packed Weight: 1.53Kg (3lb 6oz)
  • Pitch Time (estimate): 10 mins
  • Number of Porches: 1
  • Number of Doors: 1
  • Pitch Type: Inner pitch first

Packed Size: 52x13cm
Poles: 8.55mm DAC
Pegs: 12 x 2g Titanium pegs
Flysheet: Si/Pu Nylon R/S 5000mm
Floor: Pu Nylon 6000mm
Reflective guylines with new cordlocks ”

http://www.terra-nova.co.uk/tents-and-spares/all-tents/superlite-voyager-tent/


Bivy Bags

For bivying out and lightweight travel I use a Outdoor Research Helium Bivy Bag. Its proven to be pretty good, in switzerland though, my bag forze to the sleeping bag outer because of the condensation inside, I slept through it though toasty warm. I have found a good tip to minimise condensation is wait until you are cold before getting in it, sweat less then, it makes a huge difference.

Overall though i like the bivy bag, its roomy ever for me and has space for clothes etc. I like the option to have a bug screen at night but still be open to the elements. bivy

MOD gore tex Bivy Bags

I have used these for years, I have woken, in a puddle in some cases and been bone dry inside, no condensation, robust piece of kit, large enough to have gear in and move about, capable of taking a hammering only downside is its weight. at nearly 900gm its nearly as heavy as my tent, i only use where i know the weather will be garbage, forest environments, cold conditions or when weight would not be too much of a penalty. Its fairly easy to pick these up between £40 – 50, bargin.

army bivy

 

 


Sleeping Bag

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PHD Hispar 600

Typical Operating Temp:-21°C (-5.8°F)
Weight:1,040g (37oz)
I have been using this bag for a number of years and find it, just proper NICE. I have used it in all sorts of situations and conditions and simply cant fault it.
manufacturers spec and description

“Ultralights for the mountains are the first words we put to the Hispar sleeping bags and it’s hard to find a better way to describe them. Starting with our superlight MX inner fabric and the pared-down design features of the Minim range, we have added some of the extra elements from the Baltoro/Diamir bags to bring these new bags up to mountain specifications, while keeping weight to a minimum.

The combination of this design with the exceptional quality of our 950 down almost sends the new Hispar range off the scale for warmth/weight performanc

  • Rare 950 fillpower European Goose Down
  • Water-resistant Drishell outer fabric
  • Superlight MX inner fabric
  • Box-wall construction for max loft
  • Short zip protected by double draft tubes
  • Pack size†: 23 x 40cm “

http://www.phdesigns.co.uk/hispar-600-down-sleeping-bag


Sleeping mat

Thermarest Neoair Xtherm

I have been using thermarest mats for years and have used them all from the orginal classic to the new neoair range, the one i have now is the flagship of the range and is excellent.

weight 0.5kg

manufacturers spec and description

‘the XTherm air mattress delivers the greatest warmth-to-weight ratio available in any air mattress by far, with a softer, textured no-slip fabric for better next-to-skin comfort and a quieter rest. Multiple, reflective ThermaCapture layers give the XTherm air mattress true four-season warmth without the weight or bulk usually found in a winter-worthy mattress. And now, the XTherm MAX delivers all the great features and benefits of the original XTherm in a full rectangular shape, providing added coverage and warmth for extreme temps and wider torsos. Stuff sack and repair kit included.”

http://www.cascadedesigns.com/ie/therm-a-rest/mattresses/fast-and-light/neoair-xtherm-and-xtherm-max/produc


 

Gas Stove

For shorter trips were I know i can get gas I use a Robens fire stove, its lightweight and seems really robust, it burns well and so far its doing what its meant to do, well. Its much like a crux one I had for years, sadly stollen along with my rucksack, scum

Heys the manufacturers blurb.

stove

The Robens Fire Midge Stove is a lightweight and compact stove that will fit into the palm of your hand. It screws on top of a gas cartridge (gas cartridge not included) which creates the stand while three flip out arms create the pot support

  • Materials: titanium, brass, aluminium
  • Extremely lightweight and compact
  • 2,600W output
  • Fits directly onto the gas cartridge
  • Flip out pot support
  • Compact carry bag included
  • Dimensions: 6.8 x Ø8.5cm
  • Pack size: 5.2 x Ø3.7cm
  • Weight: 45g

 


Multi Fuel Cooker

MSR XGK weight 0.5kg

I have chossen a robust expedition stove that can run on most fuels and is relatively easy to maintain in the field. On a big trip I would be taking a expedition service kit along to solve any problems encountered.

i have usedthis quite a bit now, its a bomb proof piece of kit, really robust and does its job well, without any drama. The only problem I have encountered with the set up is a leaking seal on one of the fuel bottles. Downside of this set up is its heavy and bulky, so I only use on bigger trips or in winter climates, where the advantages of running on pretty much any fuel and dependablity regardless of the conditions.

manufacturers spec and description

“The ultimate, multi-fuel expedition stove.

For over 35 years, the MSR® XGK™ stove has been the world’s most reliable extreme-condition stove; trusted by mountaineers everywhere. The XGK EX stove continues that legacy with unrivaled performance, dependability and better multi-fuel burning capabilities than any other stove on the market. It features a flexible fuel line that allows it to pack smaller than ever, as well as stable, retractable legs and pot supports, and a powerful flame that melts snow and boils water incredibly fast. No matter where you’re headed, with an XGK EX stove along, you’ll find fuel to burn and the absolute dependability that has made it the first choice in liquid fuels stoves on expeditions for decades.

  • Proven: No. 1 choice on expeditions worldwide.
  • Multi-Fuel: Reliably burns more liquid fuels than any other stove.
  • Dependable: Easy to field maintain; Shaker Jet™ cleans fuel jet with a simple shake.
  • Compact: Flexible fuel line allows stove to fit in a 1.5-liter MSR pot.
  • Superfast: Boils 1 liter of water in just 2.8 minutes (using kerosene fuel).
  • Extra-Stable: Retractable legs and pot supports provision”

http://www.cascadedesigns.com/ie/msr/stoves/rapid-cooking/xgk-ex/product


Cookwear

MSR Titanium Pans

I have a range of robust MSR titanium pans and MSR titan mug, these are bombproof and very light, the entire selection shown only amounts to 0.6kg and stack into a neat single pot. I can obvioulsy scale down the pans to suit different outings.

Usually on shorter trips I just take my mug for cooking and the very small inner pan for porrage in the morning. Combined with the The Robens Fire Midge Stove i can easily pack everything into my mug, gas, porrage for 2 days, instant tea, instant coffee and sugar.

This pans have taken a bashing and still look like new, the msr titanium mug i have had for maybe 14 years. They are light and strong and although pricey are more than worth every penny, they will last me a long time


Water Purification

I use two forms of water treatment i filter the water first if remotley suspect and then i purify it using a Ultra Voilet light ommiting pen.

Filter

  • Weight: 140g

For most stuff i use a MSR Trailshot Microfilter its light weight and relatively small, it did work well and then it stopped. I tried fixing next to a river and lost the rubber flow director in the water. Msr sent me a new one without charge, great after service, this is twice now they have sent small parts free of charge, it pays to buy quality. 

I have used it fairly extensively now and found it ace, it has stopped pumping a few times, but a good shake sorts the problem.

pump

Purfier = Steripen Freedom

To kill off all those nasties i nuke my water with a UV pen, this littke life saver weighs nothing, as as far as i can tell works well, never had a problem with drinking water having used it, so it must work. I have had some pretty nasty pond water too and all is good, great piece of kits, comes with a small solar panel for charging, which is utterly pointless haha, nice idea though.

 

Weight 2.6 oz
Dimensions 5.1 x 1.4 x .8 in
Lamp Life 8,000 treatments
Battery Internal Lithium-Ion (Included with purchase)
Battery Life Full charge treats 40 1/2 Liter treatments

 

Life saver purification bottle.

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 if weight was not a problem but quaranteed clean water was a priority I would use one of these, they are great pieces of kit that does exactly what it should do, only draw back, weight/bulk.

manufacturers spec and description

‘A robust and portable water filter capable of delivering up to 6,000 litres of clean water for individual use. The LIFESAVER® bottle holds up to 750ml at any one time is designed to support individuals embarking on international travel, adventure challenges, and expeditions where the quality of the water supply is in question. Clean water supply is paramount for the mental and physical performance and success of outdoor endeavours. The LIFESAVER® bottle was designed to store and carry dirty water, once water is cleaned there is risk of recontamination. With the bottle, just filter water when you want to drink it. No need for bad tasting chemicals such as chlorine or chlorine dioxide.

Used by expedition companies, explorers, adventurers and preppers for producing clean water in the most unforgiving of environments – where clean water just can’t be guaranteed.

LIFESAVER technology

LIFESAVER microbiological water filters use ultra filtration technology to filter out viruses, bacteria, cysts and parasites from contaminated water sources. LIFESAVER® water filters meet an adaption of NSF Protocol 231 based on recommendations of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). LIFESAVER® bottles filter bacteria to a minimum of Log 6 (99.9999%), Viruses to a minimum of Log 4 (99.99%) and Cysts to a minimum of Log 3 (99.9%).

  • LIFESAVER® removes a minimum   99.99% of viruses, 99.9999% of bacteria   and 99.9% of cysts
  • • LIFESAVER® technology ensures you only   ever drink filtered water – the filter stops   when it needs replacing
  • • LIFESAVER® is highly effective at filtering   and purifying turbid wate’

http://www.iconlifesaver.com/