A local company to me “Wild Stoves” has started making these lovely looking wood-gas ‘hobo’ stoves. It will be interesting to see how this compares to cooking and boiling water on a Kelly Kettle, but so far it looks very good and packs away very small. I’m going to have to get one…
here’s a video demo from the makers:
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There’s a lot of choices for bivvy bags and one-man ultralight tents. With these you do have the condensation issues, the often garish colours (fine for Mountaineering of course), and the delicate materials than can easily get snagged or get spark holes and tend to flap around in the wind, but there are still some nice designs around. This one from Marmot is quite a clever design, although the day-glo colour is not for me, but looks like some real thought has gone in to it:
Now the weather’s picking up and I’m getting out and about more, here’s a pic of my chosen gear for a small bushcraft pack; head torch, laplander saw, Hultafors heavy duty knife, Opinel small knife, BG penknife, fire kit consisting of swedish firesteel striker, birchbark and tumbledryer fluff!