Hiking/camping cooking package…

I know myself how difficult it is deciding what kind of stuff you need to buy when planning a hike or camping trip.

Especially when it comes down to cooking utensils etc…..there’s such a huge variety available, that I normally come back home with nothing in hand and my mind spinning with choices!

So here’s a great, well-priced package of everything you need to cook and eat during your hiking.

It contains a very reliable stove, utensils and fire-starter.

FireSteel fire lighter
Weight: 29g
Originally developed for the Swedish military, it functions in the dark, in the wet, and when the wind is howling up the fjords.
Made of magnesium alloy and stainless steel.
Offers at least 3,000 strikes.
Built-in emergency whistle.
Dimensions are 77 x 24 x 14mm.
Price: C$12.50

Stainless steel cutlery set, on a handy O ring to hold everything together.
Price: C$7.50
Weight: 45g

Weight: 935g
This super-efficient woodstove recharges your phone, camera, and other small USB-compatible devices. Via a thermocouple, heat from the flames converts to electricity and loads an internal battery to top up your gadgets. It also powers a 2-speed fan, running a stove so lean and mean that less than 60 grams of dry wood boils 1L of water in under 5 minutes. The BioLite CampStove happily burns twigs, pinecones, wood pellets, and other biomass. Keep your gizmos charged without endless hand cranking or worrying about cloudy days. Campers and preppers rejoice.
Made of stainless steel, aluminum and plastic.
Maximum continuous power output for USB is 2W at 5V. Peak is 4W at 5V.
Charging times vary depending on the device and fire strength. For reference, 20 minutes of charge time typically powers an iPhone® 4S for 60 minutes of talk time.
Pot weight limit is 3.6kg.
Includes stove, fire-lighter, instructions, stuff sack, and USB cord for internal battery charging. USB cables for individual devices not included.
Battery requires intial charging via USB and recharging if the stove is not used for 6 months.
Price: C$130.00
MSR Alpine 2 Pot Set

Weight: 601g
Stainless steel is robust, and the pots can be scrubbed out with sand or pebbles, but this set is intended for ongoing hard use and expeditions rather than delicate haute cuisine.
Made of 0.5mm, 18-8 stainless steel.
Stepped bottom prevents warping.
Minimalist design employs a pot holder rather than attached handles.
Set includes one 1.5L pot, one 2L pot, a pot handle, a nylon stuff sack, and a lid that fits both pots that can also be used as a plate.
Price: C$48

There you go!

This package costs a total of C$198.50…a very reasonable price indeed, for items which are designed to last many years.

Note also that as per my recent post here about the dangers of using aluminium cookware (leaching of aluminium residues into your food etc), I have chosen stainless steel utensils and cutlery, so you don’t need to worry about ingesting aluminium from your cooking pots!

All these items are available from my favorite hiking suppliers, MEC.

😉

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Our bees are dying out!

It’s not often we thank insects for making our lives livable on this planet.

usually, we are the first to squish an insect soon as we see it.

But few people know that if it weren’t for bees, almost every sign of life we see around us, would not be there, period.

Because it is  bees who pollinate flowers, which in turn give us fruits and vegetables. Without bees, none of the wondrous flora we see would exist.

So it is an urgent message that we hear from scientists nowadays, when they say that the world’s bees are dying out, the biggest reason being habitat loss.

In Europe alone, they estimate that over the past 100 years, the bee population has dwindled by 75%….that is serious.

How can we help bees in our area? Easy…just set aside a small area of your garden where you can plant pollen-rich flowers, such as lavender, nasturtiums, poppies cornflowers and primroses etc.

Or maybe grow them in a hanging basket if you don’t have the space in a garden.

I always have 3 or 4 large pots on my balcony set aside for planting wildflowers in. And apart from the beautiful colours of the flowers, they attract bees all the time in the summer.

Help them to help us, you could say!