Swiss Army Rocket Stove

Swiss Army Rocket Stove

Ive had a Swiss Army Rocket Stove for about 4 years now and recently haven’t used it that much.

It is on the top of my list as a versatile and easy to use lightweight stove.

Originally the Swiss Army used these stoves.

I love the way that you can either heat water straight in the bottle or by using the cup.

The advantage of using the cup is that you only need to heat the amount of water you need

If you are using water that you need to purify by boiling this can be done straight in the bottle.

The Swiss Army Rocket Stove itself is a basic rocket stove it doesn’t gasify the products of combustion so small pieces of fuel are required (sticks / pine cones).

You could us it with Hexi-blocks or a meths burner can be placed inside.

 

As you can see from this post about stoves I do have a large collection of stove and they each have there advantages and disadvantages.

The disadvantage with this stove is the fact you need to be able to find dry fuel.

I guess you could you use hexamine blocks but that’s something I haven’t tried.

These stoves are great if you are hiking through a wood.

Just watch out that you don’t get it too hot as a friend found out the back of the stove melted (it is only aluminium).

Remember fatwood burns really hot and will leave your stove in a mess so a cloth bag to keep it in will stop the rest of your kit going black.

 

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Swiss Army Stove in use

Have a go these stove aren’t very expensive at £17.00 (unissued) or £15.00 (issued) they won’t break the bank.  These stoves can be found online at Military Mart

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Packing for four days in the Lake District

Packing for four days in the Lake District.

Packing for four days in the Lake DistrictI find that I constantly pack and repack and this was the case whilst Packing for four days in the Lake District.

The first thing I do is write down what I want to take with me then start to cross out things I don’t really need, mark things that would be nice and circles things that are a necessity (like Rum).

The Plan

The plan is to go to the Lake District, Park at Bowness and head to Scoat Tarn and from there I’ll just see where it takes me in a circular route back to the car. I’ll be follow routes I’ve preplanned into ViewRanger

During the Fjällräven Classic last year I learnt a lot from my mistakes on what I took with me.

So have adapted my gear to suit what I need and what I don’t need. I’m terrible for “if you haven’t got it you can’t use it” attitude sometimes and have wanted to lower the weight of my bag so have done this in a few different ways.

I still could lower weight but we all know that when you lower the weight of certain items you increase the price of said items.

Packing for a four days hiking / wild camping in the Lake District
Tent pitched at Scoat Tarn

The plan is to tent camp but I also fancy the idea of tarp camping but I am a bit concerned about the mosquitos if sleeping under a tarp.

I’ve just picked up this lightweight tent of AliExpress. I’ve read a few reviews about it and for the price it seems ok. It’s a copy of a really expensive tent but looking at reviews it’s the same quality, hydrostatic head and weight.

This tent weighs just over 800gms and uses a walking pole as the main tent pole. It’s really small when packed away and for the price £54 well worth it (well let’s try it out first).

Kit list:

  • Back pack
  • Tent (new light weight tent)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleep mat
  • Tyvek ground sheet 180x 80
  • Jetboil
  • Rain trousers
  • Rain jacket
  • Down jacket
  • Sleep wear
  • Wash kit
  • First aid
  • Camera gear
  • Trowel
  • Water bladder
  • Water bottle
  • Sawyer mini
  • Head torch
  • Uco gear candle lamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Compass
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Mosquito head net
  • Hat & gloves
  • Battery pack
  • Freeze dried food

The dog has her own backpack so I don’t have to carry her food.

Marley showing her new rucksack.
Food will consist of freeze dried meals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a selection from different companies and I have written a review here.

Most of the meals our from a British Company called Fuel your preparation.

These are not marketed to the outdoor market but marketed towards disaster relief but the size, cost and energy of each meal looks promising (let’s just see what they taste of).

I plan to do another couple of nights hammock camping elsewhere so have other items in the car as I want to spend a night or so hammock camping.

Camera Gear

Most of all of my photos and video are taken with an iPhone 6 and a GoPro.  You are limited to what you can take with these devices so I have purchased a new app called slow shutter so hopefully I can take some low light shots.

I still find it very difficult not to take certain items in the back of my mind there’s a little voice “what if you need this?”  What you take if you where Packing for four days in the Lake District ?

Here is the post on the adventure.

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Micro Adventure Wild Swimming

Micro Adventure: Wild Swimming
Wild Swimming in Sweden.


Wild Swimming is a fantastic way to have a micro-adventure close to home – low on hassle and high in adrenaline and fun  Take part in a Micro Adventure Wild Swimming.

 

 

Daniel, author of the Wild Swimming  and Wild Guides was speaking at the fundraiser Night of Adventure organised by Alastair Humphreys and the brilliant charity Hope and Homes.

He tells us about his own journey into wild swimming, and his favourite places around the UK for adventure.

Micro Adventure Wild SwimmingWhen you slip into the water, swim along a willow-lined river or plunge into a mountain waterfall, you are doing more than just enjoying one of nature’s greatest and healthiest highs.

You are opening up a whole new world of magical adventures – adventures that are abundant in in our wet and seabound country.

Bring on a whole new way of exploring our landscape without masses of kit of clutter.

My own micro adventure wild swimming adventures began in a Huckleberry Finn  kind of way.

I grew up on the River Waveney and by the North Sea in Suffolk.  I learnt to swim in the river, building rafts, Kayaking, rope swings, camping out on the river bank, surfing, fishing and canoeing.

It is not looked at as normal in the uk to be swimming in rivers so I challenge you all to bring wild swimming to Blighty just be careful.

Choose your area well, do not put yourselves in danger and make sure you know of any dangers.

Some Dangers

Polluted water

Under Currents

Sharp objects

Cold water shock

Hypothermia

Make a day of it.  Find an area where you can spend the day taking part in other micro adventures such as fishing or outdoor cooking.

Micro Adventure: Wild Swimming / Outdoor Cooking / Fishing / Hiking / Sailing / Canoeing the list goes on and on.

It doesn’t cost the earth and can be normally done in your nearby area but please check the water is safe before entering.

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DD Hammocks Superlite Tarp

a rainy day hike in the forest

I’ve been toying with the idea of replacing my 3×3 tarp with a DD Hammocks Superlite Tarp. A tiny bit smaller but weighs in at 460gms.

A perfect tarp for backpacking to keep the weight down. The DD Superlight Tarp has 19 attachment points like their other tarps which allows it to be set-up in literally hundreds of different ways (see my post on Tarpology)

It can be used as a hammock tarp, set-up on the ground as a ‘tent’, group shelter and many more uses!Weighing only 460g and packing up very small it is ideal for anyone looking to cut their pack weight down to an absolute minimum.

Made from strong ripstop nylon with PU 3,000mm coating (completely waterproof even in the heaviest storms).  Like all of their tarps it is fully waterproof and taped along the central seam.

DD Hammocks Superlite TarpThe Superlight Range is more expensive than their other products due to the higher cost of using the lightest materials.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Size:3m x 2.9mColour: Olive Green, Coyote Brown, Sandstorm Yellow and Sunset Orange.

Weight:460g

(exc Pegs & : 4 x Pegs & Guy Lines, Stuff Sack).

Ive used this tarp a few times now and it has replaced the standard 3×3 DD Hammocks tarp in my Day Bag due to weight and size.  Also it goes in my multi day bag as an alternative to pitching a tent.

DD Hammocks Superlite TarpThe DD Hammocks Superlite Tarp is used if I get caught in the rain for a shelter to make some food or a brew.  I carry 4 lightweight pegs, a ridgeline and 4 guy lines if I’m in the forest.

If I’m hiking along the coast then I will take hiking poles to help erect a shelter.  Carrier Bags can be handy on the beach to fill with sand / pebbles to help with the guy lines.

 

All products from DD can be found here. DD Hammocks

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