[pct-l] Canister stove users vs ALCOHOLICS
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Sun May 9 19:29:26 CDT 2010
I HAVE BECOME AWARE THAT SOME OF MY HIKER-FRIENDS ARE ADDICTED TO ALCOHOL - - - CAN'T WE DESCRIBE THEM AS 'ALCOHOLICS' - - - ? My referance, of course, is to those who cook with alcohol - and who are willing to risk burning down the forest ( and also risk tainting the reputation of other PCT'ers ). This, to save, possibly, a few ounces.
Diane, that sounds awfully complicated - those first 5 steps - - - ! I agree with #6. All I have to do with my Jetboil stove is turn on the valve and push a button. Then I can adjust the heat. I can even simmer - and that saves fuel and gives you much greater options as to WHAT you can cook. When I'm through cooking I simply turn off the fuel - I don't have to burn it off. This saves fuel, is safer, saves time, and is much more efficient. Also, I like to SEE the flame - then I can adjust it to the amount of heat I need.
Steel-Eye, I'm sure glad you pointed out that there are so many volcanoes. Gosh - I'm not very well prepared for an unexpected eruption nearby. Maybe I should also be worried about the possibly of a meteorite impact nearby. Seriously, I am much more concerned that the weather might change unexpectedly, and for the worse. Once, many decades ago, when I was young and foolishly unprepared this happened: I was in the wilderness of Sequoia N.P. It was a grand and beautiful morning, clear sky, warm. I hiked from my camp to a lake that was only a mile or so away. I was fishing. The fishing was not so good there so I went on to a lake basin that was two or three miles farther. Sometime after noon there was a very sudden change. Black clouds suddenly blew in from the west - the warm sunny day disappeared in minutes. Thunder. Lightning. It rained hard. It hailed big time. The wind blew very hard and the temperature dropped about 30
degrees. I only had a T-shirt and a light-weight long sleeved shirt above that. Think hypothermia. I quickly came up with a solution. I stuffed my shirt, between it and the T-shirt above my belt, with soft grass to a thickness of about 2". Rather itchy - and not exactly a down vest, but it did keep me warm. I found shelter and stayed fairly dry under a boulder. The storm passed within about two hours and the sun returned. This is typical of summer thunder storms in the Sierra - this one was just more intense. And some have been a lot more intense than that one.
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