Backcountry Boiler

Backcountry Boiler, and it's big brother, the Storm Kettle

The Backcountry Boiler is an updated version of a very old design, often referred to as a Storm Kettle, Chimney Kettle, Shepherd’s Kettle, or a Kelly Kettle.  A chimney kettle consists of two parts, a bowl where you build a small fire, and an upper portion that is a chimney surrounded by a hollow vessel where… Continue reading Backcountry Boiler

Kanz Field Kitchen with Partner Steel Propane Stove

Kanz Field Kitchen with Partner Stove

When I’m car camping, I don’t like to rough it.  I like to live in luxury.  If I’ve got a truck to carry my stuff, I’d just as soon have all the comforts of home to the extent possible.  When I’m backpacking, I’m content with lightweight freeze dried meals, but when I’m living out of… Continue reading Kanz Field Kitchen with Partner Steel Propane Stove

Summer, 2014 Outdoor Retailer Highlights

I met John Long at the Addidas booth!!

The 2014 Summer Outdoor Retailer Show is in full swing here in Salt Lake City. It’s a huge event, taking up not only the full space in the Salt Palace, but three large temporary pavilions and a tent city as well. I’ve spent the last day and a half wandering around the show, looking at… Continue reading Summer, 2014 Outdoor Retailer Highlights

2014 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market Highlights

  The 2014 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market presents an overwhelming array of products to assess and be dazzled by.   After a couple of days wandering the halls of the  outdoor retailer show, here are some of my impressions: Backcountry Ski Touring: As the winter oriented show, it’s not surprising that there were tons of backcountry… Continue reading 2014 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market Highlights

Trail Designs Gatewood Cape and Evernew Ti DX Stove Kit

I had the opportunity to test out a couple of pieces of lightweight backpacking gear, the Evernew TiDX Stove kit, and the Six Moons Designs Gatewood Cape.  I took them both up in the High Uintas Wilderness for a 40 mile hike.  Days were cool, nights below freezing.  I experienced wind, snow, and sleet. Evernew Ti… Continue reading Trail Designs Gatewood Cape and Evernew Ti DX Stove Kit