Cooking and Lightweight Backpacking Stoves

Most ultralight backpackers take stoves. Just small light ones. When I hike with others, I take a stove and do civilized stuff like make coffee & tea and hot dinners. Sometimes, especially when I solo, I go ultra simple with no-cook food.


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By | 2015-12-07T02:15:05+00:00 August 20th, 2015|Backpacking Food|4 Comments

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  1. Roger June 4, 2017 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Alan, I’m curious about the slippers you’re wearing in the photo captioned “cooking and lightweight backpacking stoves”. Lightest sandal I’ve found so far is Bedrock classic ( 12 oz for size 12). Thinking I can do better. Love your website. Thanks, Roger

    • Alan Dixon June 5, 2017 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      Roger, alas no longer available as of circa 2012. The were WATER GEAR(r) Nylon Mesh Shoes. Item #90100 pt #902000. Heres a link to an out of stock shoe. The Luna Venados are around 9 oz per pair. And I think that some racing flats (running shoes) are even lighter than that. Sadly most sandals/flip flops are all heavier than 8 oz. Best, -alan

  2. William Armstrong June 21, 2017 at 1:35 am - Reply

    About to begin vt Long Trail. On your rec have had great experience with caldera ti tri sidewinder and toak 900 ml pot and modified zelph which is a bit slow but fuel efficient. Bought standard zelph for a two person 1 1/2 liter set up.
    Do you have a recommendation between standard and modified zelph with the 900ml pot?
    Caldera has been used in wind river (wow) and New England (I live in maine).
    Thanks and keep up the great work. You and skurka and werner have been terrific mentors in keeping me in the mountains at age 72 with conversion to ultra light including winter mountaineering

    • Alan Dixon June 21, 2017 at 4:54 pm - Reply

      William, thanks for the kind words! And more power to ya to be trekking along at the spry age of 72!

      As to your Q: I use the standard Zelph for both 900 ml pots. As far as I can tell, it is just as efficient for both as the mod’ed one and it boils a lot faster. And I have been playing around with a prototype replacement for the std Zelph. Similar non-spilling, re-cap-able, fuel saving design but possibly a bit more efficient. Not available yet tho. Best, -alan

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