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Equipment Update

I thought I would take a few paragraphs and let you know how some camping and travel equipment fared.

Water storage – don’t bother.  I bought two different 5 gallon collapsables from Texsport and Coleman – they both were unweildy, leaky messes that turned green with algae after just a few uses.  Better to buy those handy 2.5 gallon jugs with spouts from the grocery store, refill them a couple times and then recycle them and buy new ones.

Sleeping mattress – this surprised the heck out of me.  I bought a really nice air mattress that was extra thick and also my Exped synmat which I use for backpacking.  The backpacking mattress won by a long shot.  Easier to blow up, took much, much less room and was way more comfortable to boot.  My back ached after a few days on the thick air mattress and cleared up after a few days on the smaller synmat. 

Fishing gear – each state charges a license fee and they can be pricey.   I left my rod and tackle box with my sister in San Francisco along with the air mattress.  This was disappointing, there should be a national license for travelers.  

Texsport stove – this was an A+ buy – look for a stove with a flexible hose for the gas canister.

Yeti Cooler – the best cooler ever.   I left two beers, yogurt and jam in the cooler for two weeks in the heat in Pittsburgh, when I opened it I expected it to be super stinky – to my surprise,  the water was still cool and I salvaged the beer and jam.    I love this cooler!

Towels – I have no idea where they go, but they must decide they like it where they are and stay without even saying goodbye. 

Cathy

 

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Cooking in the Great Outdoors

Camp stove?  I carry a Snowpeak giga for backpacking and have chosen the Texsport high output dual burner stove for base camp, it got great ratings all over the board and importantly has a flexible hose to connect the propane – that seemed to be a weak point on other stoves I checked out.

Backpacking cook wear? I have the titanium tiWare  from REI and find it heats evenly and quickly and cleans easily.  Base camp, went with the all too heavy cast iron from Lodge, one of the advantages is a no soap clean-up.

Cooler – Yeti.  I chose the 35qt because of size limitations in the trunk.  This cooler can handle dry ice and grizzlies.  The Yeti can keep ice for 7 days in heat, is practically indestructible and grizzly country approved.  It also makes a great desk, step stool and seat.

The indispensable items are aluminum foil, zip bags, garbage bags, spice, beans, dry pasta, bullion – both chicken and vegetable, brown rice, tea, instant coffee, pancake mix and syrup, honey and oatmeal, GORP – good old raisins and peanuts, to which I add some good old m&m’s.

I love Lara Bars – look at the ingredient labels and compare to other food bars, can’t beat a label with only 4 ingredients and I can pronounce them all!  I also have some Clif Bars for long hikes.

I sure would appreciate your input on some great camp recipes – s’more’s I got.

Cathy