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Backpacking Stoves -

We've touched on lightweight backing cookers before. But this time we have survey results on what folks actually prefer to use. We table out the comparable weights of different cooking systems, including fuel and a pot. And we have a pros and cons of each different system. All in all, this is a comprehensive look at lightweight backpacking cookers. Lightweight Backpacking Stove Usage Survey. Let's start with the usage survey. This was conducted with folks that hike, car camp with lightweight kit, wild campers, canoeists, and cycle tourers. We had 564 replies, and folks were allowed to tick as many...

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wild camping -

Wild camping is becoming a popular hobby and past-time, however, in England, it is technically illegal. As a wild camper, I cannot just pitch up on private land and camp without permission from the landowner. This includes the National Parks. Except for Dartmoor where wild camping is allowed in certain areas, but with rules attached. So for this article, I am talking hypothetically of course. Why is wild camping becoming so popular? From discussions with customers, and my own thoughts on this. It is clear that many folks wild camp to get away from the stress of life in the 21st...

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Hammocks, Insulation, Sleeping -

In my first hammock insulation post, I talked about the different ways that you can keep warm in a hammock at night. This time I'll run through some of the pros and cons of each setup. You might be thinking that you have a sleeping bag already, and it's good enough to use in a tent. So why do you need to consider anything different for hammock camping? The reason is simple. Cold butt syndrome. Because the insulation on the underside of a sleeping bag is compressed, it provides very little warmth. We get around this in a tent by using sleeping...

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Tents -

Single skin or hybrid tents. Are they worse for condensation? After a few nights camping with the kids. Me with a 3FUL hybrid tent, and the kids with double layered Vango NYX 200's or Soul 200's (which are the same thing), I've come to some conclusions regarding the suitability of single skin / hybrid tents 'v' double layered tents. But for those unsure of the terminology, A brief explanation. Single skin / single walled tents do not have an inner tent. Think of them like a normal tent but without an inner sleeping compartment. In its most basic form, think of...

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Backpacking Stoves -

Backpacking gasifier twig stoves have a bit of a reputation. Some folks love 'em, some don't. And the rest are wondering if these things are worth the swap from gas. Though they do have some obvious benefits for the backpacker. Video included at the end of this article. Before going through what I've discovered from personal use of the Toaks STV12 twig stove, I'll cover some of the pros & cons. Pros. Lightweight Small pack size Free fuel Can be used with gel burners, spirit burners and solid fuel tablets if required Just feels more natural when in the great outdoors...

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