Cookware: Basecamp / Car Camping
- EcoStoof (fuel saving) Slow Cooker
- Portable Oven
- Cast Iron Loaf Pan (Dutch Oven)
- RidgeMonkey Square Kettles
- EuroTrail Foldable container
- Fozzils Flat Stuff
- Nanopresso Portable Espresso by Wacaco
- Camp Stove Toaster by Coghlan’s
- Food: In-Kayak / Backpacking / Hiking
Gas/UltraLight: Soto WindMaster Stove
These are my Soto Windmaster stoves. Arguably the best gas stoves around. At a mere 87grams these powerful award winning stoves will serve your cooking needs for a very long time. A canister stove that screws easily onto the top of any standard backpacking-sized pressurized gas canister using blended propane/butane fuel and a standardised threaded Lindal valve (basically most cans, except Campingaz). The stove comes with a piezoelectric igniter, sparked by an electric charge striking within the device.
The WindMaster’s 4Flex is designed to snuggle up around the stove itself during transport to protect it and save space. Really superior designs. The WindMaster is designed so the pot sits close to the flame, making it more efficient in windy weather and results in a shorter boil time. The concave design of the burner head creates the effect of a very effective built-in windscreen. This well-made stove is able to stand up to harsh conditions. There is a TriFlex pot support available that’s smaller, and thus lighter than the 4flex support. I don’t have one, so I can’t tell you more about it.
One of the best features of this stove is it’s ability to adapt to the changing gas pressure (due to the can cooling down or getting empty). It also can be used at a very low setting. This stove doesn’t waste a gram of gas.
I own two of these, enabling me to be the ‘Chef’, when I’m not packing ultra light.
It has an output of 2800 kcal/h 3260w 11000 BTU, which means it boils 2 cups of water in under 2-1/2 minutes in strong winds and gusty weather.
Canister duration: It’ll burn approx.1.5 hours with a 250g (8 oz.) can.
It weighs 87g (3.0. oz.) with the 4Flex pot support.
Wood/UltraLight: Picogrill Woodburners
The PicoGrill 85 is a small, ultra-light wood stove (hobo stove) for those who make every gram count. It’s targeted use is boiling. The stove doesn’t come apart, it folds, except for the cross bar. For those who prefer cooking on alcohol, it will accomodate an alcohol burner. The 3 flatpacking parts are:
- the wood stove (82 grams)
- a wire hanger (12 grams)
- a cross bar (34 grams)
So you carry a complete, packed (250x160x4mm) woodstove at a mere 128 grams. As, for shaping and weight reduction, it’s made from very thin stainless steel, so the lightweight bag is a must to protect your other gear from being damaged by the thin edges.
The larger yet lightweight PicoGrill 239 wood stove (hobo stove) is my favourite size (diameter: 175mm, height: 185mm). It suites both UL camping as basecamp. It’s targeted use is boiling and grilling. The stove doesn’t come apart, it folds, except for the cross bar. For those who prefer cooking on alcohol, it will accomodate an alcohol burner. The 3 flatpacking parts are:
- the wood stove (180 grams)
- a cross bar (16 grams)
- a bag (54 grams)
- a 310 mm skewer (40 grams)
So you carry a complete, packed (335x195x4mm) woodstove at a mere 250 grams. As, for shaping and weight reduction, it’s made from very thin stainless steel, so the lightweight bag is a must to protect your other gear from being damaged by the thin edges.
The PicoGrill 498 is a versatile and lightweight grilling tray for your basecamp, bike bag, camper van or boat. Boiling and grilling on 2 levels. This grill is offered with a selection of accesories, like skewers, grill grates and grill tongs.
|Tools accessories||Flatpacked products (all 3 sizes)|
Swiss made, by fellow outdoorsmen.
Fluid/Mid-Weight: MSR WhisperLite International
Burns white gas, kerosene, and unleaded auto fuel. With self-cleaning shaker sets technology.
Gas/BaseCamp: RidgeMonkey Quad Connect Stove Pro Kits
RidgeMonkey Quad Connect: the only stove system on the market to feature an independently controllable, completely removable second stove head using a quick release connector built into the primary stove. This version above is the super-compact mini design!
Using RidgeMonkey’s highly acclaimed super-stable quadrilateral design with its incredibly low centre of gravity, four height-adjustable folding legs and a unique quick release connector to allow independent use of the second stove head on the same gas bottle, the high-powered Quad Connect Pro Mini Full Kit delivers unrivalled performance, stability and versatility in the most compact all-round RidgeMonkey stove package yet. Featuring an all-new gas condenser pipe to ensure efficient fuel burn even in the coldest of conditions, a remote gas connection for a stable set up on almost any terrain and inclusive carry bag, toaster handle support & gas bottle stand.
Dimensions (per head):
Folded: 90mm x 90mm x 75mm
Fully extended: 125mm x 125mm x 85mm
Dimensions (per head):
Folded: 130mm x 130mm x 130mm
Fully extended: 180mm x 180mm x 105mm
Titanium Cookware by Toaks
Toaks Titanium is hot! Literally. Boy, do these pans transfer heat quickly. These titanium pots are ideal for boiling fluids because they are made with very thin walls, and transfer heat very efficiently. Titanium is half the weight of steel and stronger than aluminium. My 1100ml pot only weighs 113 grams! It is the cookware material with the best weight/strength balance. It is also corrosion-resistant and very durable. This is gear for situations where every gram counts. The go-to gear pots for your quick boil-only meals.
I own the 3-piece cutlery set, the long handle spoon, a double wall cup, a 1100ml pot with and frying pan and lid combination, the 1600ml Pot with Pan (not pictured) and two deep 190mm plates. Toaks uses pure titanium, so (unlike aluminium and teflon coated pots and pans) these products are absolutely non-toxic and thus, save to use!
Cooking Gear Packed
Cascade Wild Cutting Boards
Now, these may not seem like much, but these Cascade Wild Ultralight Cutting Boards are the best ever!
The the 16,5x21cm version (larger) weighs 20 grams and 14x19cm version weighs 14 grams! Made out of HDPE, they are as indestructable as our kayaks. I have yet to find a more durable and lightweight cutting board…..
And yes, they make nifty little UL tables as well. These one piece 20x30cm folding tables can be combined into a larger size. Folded they are 10x30cm. 63 grams of table to keep our precious food of the ground!
Nalgene Wide Mouth Bottles
I love my Nalgene bottles. All Wide Mouths and all with their own use. The most obvious being the Glow-in-the-Dark bottle, in use as winter hot-water bottle to warm my sleeping bag and as midnight pee-in-the-dark bottle (we all have one, or should have one, preventing loss of bodywarmth by leaving the tent).
Next is my 1,5 liter Silo, which serves two main purposes: I use it at the end of the day to have cooking and drinking water at hand and during the day it gets filled whenever I need dead-weight to secure my tripod.
The all new Retro Kayak bottle accompanies me on kayak trips, to make my nutritional shakes. Last-but-not-least I have one of the sustainable bottle, made out of 50% recycled material, in use in my basecamp kitchen for cerials.
Coffee, the Bruu way
The really lightweight solution for making coffee: the Bruu! All it is, is a simple spoon to press a 7grams Senseo-pad up against a cup-wall. So all you do is: take your favourite Senseo-taste with you, soak it in hot water and squeeze it with your Bruu. The spoon itself weighs 15 gram (not shortened to your own cup-size). If you are not in Holland, you can order by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Water: Filtering and/or Purifying
Bacteria, Protozoa and Viruses are the reasons for filtering water.
Filtering water removes, debris, waterborne protozoa and bacteria, but not viruses.
Purifing also removes viruses, but not debris, offering a higher level of defense.
I use a selection of methods to clean water in the backcountry, amongst which:
- MSR TrailShot Pocket-Sized Water Filter, for filling bottles, but during the winter, the only device I have with me. (Front Center)
- LifeStraw Personal Water Filter, for drinking straight from a stream. (Top Left)
- Steripen Aqua UV Purifier, battery powered, for cleaning water I do not trust (in 45 seconds minutes). (Top Right)
- Katadyn Micropur Forte Purifier, for cleaning water I do not trust (in 30-120 minutes). (Bottom Left)
Cookware: Basecamp / Car Camping
EcoStoof (fuel saving) Slow Cooker
This is the modern version of the haybox, straw box, insulation cooker, wonder oven, norwegian cooker or retained-heat cooker: The EcoStoof.
This might be the ultimate basecamp cooker. It’ll save loads of fuel and time!
- Heat your Dutch oven & cook your veggies for a minute
- put the pan in the EcoStoof
- go for a paddle/hike/trip/whatever
- and eat your soup on return!
- Get back in camp after a a paddle/hike/trip/whatever
- Heat your Dutch oven & cook your food for a couple of minutes
- put the pan in the EcoStoof
- play some campfire songs and have some drinks for half an hour
- and eat!
- @ Home: Heat your Dutch oven & cook your food for a couple of minutes
- put the pan in the EcoStoof
- Go spend time with the kids/have a Yoga/read a book/whatever
- and eat!
EcoStoof offers an (unsolicited) €10 discount for my visitors in their webshop.
The code is: FOOD
My Omnia Portable Oven is a great way to get all my oven based cooking done at the campsite. A Omnia enables me to make fresh-baked bread and delicious oven dishes directly on the camping stove. It basically is a circular container with a hole in the middle. The bowl-shaped base and the lid work together in providing heat to the pan from the bottom and the top. That creates oven-like heating. I got me one of their cookbooks loaded with great recipies and ‘instructions’, or rather: ideas/inspiration for simple but tasty dishes. Not only does my cooking attract attention, but the Omnia does too!
Cast Iron Loaf Pan (Dutch Oven)
This ‘Dutch Oven’ pot is a the Petromax Loaf Pan, made of cast iron, which distributes and stores heat outstandingly. Besides using it in the oven at home, this pan can make you an awesome bread on a campfire as well. cast iron has a natural anti-adhesive quality, which improves with usage. I think the Lid Lifter is a necessity.
RidgeMonkey Square Kettles
The RidgeMonkey Square Kettles have folding handles & ergonomic design which makes them very packable. The Square Kettle can be used on any direct heat source.
Small: 150mm x 150mm x 60mm, 0.5 litre capacity
Large: 150mm x 150mm x 90mm, 1.1 litre capacity
EuroTrail Foldable container
My go-to Foldable container, ideal for doing the dishes, laundry, cat litter, salads, whatever. And it folds to a practical small size. It is rock stable and weighs half a kilo, at 37,2×27,4x12cm.
Fozzils Flat Stuff
Super versatile flat packing bowls. Convenient to use, clean, and carry. Pack, fold, and store flat. Just 40 grams. They have handy measuring lines and a non-stick, easy clean surface. In a 600 ml and a 2200 ml version. After dish washing, I hang them from the washing line. When flat, they serve as cutting board! I hang them from the washing line when cleaned.
Two sizes of flat packing colander. I use the small one (946cl) as colander and the full size one (2.8l) as dish rack. They are made of non-stick easy clean material and have legs to keep them from touching dirt.
Now, these may well be the most artical of all. Little clean-the-inside-of-a-bottle-brushes! These bristle balls will clean your bottles from the inside. A quick shake scours all surfaces. Ingenious!
Nanopresso Portable Espresso by Wacaco
Here’s my portable espresso machine: the Nanopresso. This is what it’s about:
All you need is coffee, hot water and the Nanopresso.
1. Put fresh finely ground (hard tamped) coffee in the machine.
2. Put hot water in the machine.
3. Pump until no more coffee comes out of the machine.
The Nanopresso is capable of easily reaching the required pressure (18 bars) for making an excellent espresso. Pumping takes hardly any effort.
Nanopresso’s ergonomic design and shorter length makes it your travel companion of choice. Easy to hold and easy to pack!
The machine is extremely light (336 grams) and comes with a neat little case. It’s tank can hold 80ml of water, with which approximately 60ml of coffee is made, after which you only need to rinse it clean.
The Extended Family.
So, with the basic Nanopresso I can make a single (50ml) or a double (80ml) espresso. Using the right components out of the Extended Family will get more out of the Nanopresso.
The Nanovessel is an insulated flask. It can be mounted directly onto the Nanopresso and used as a large water tank. Food grade and made of stainless steel 304, it keeps water hot for hours. Very easy to clean. I use this as an EDC double lungo insulated flask.
The Barista Kit.
The Barista Kit is a set of accessories packed in a small container. Adding the possibilities to make a very Rich Espresso, Double Espresso, Lungo, 2 Single Espresso and 2 Double Espresso by use of a larger filter basket and large container. Now let’s not forget the tasty Latte and Cappuccino.
The Nespresso Adaptor.
The NS Adaptor, simple: this allows the Nanopresso to use Nespresso capsules and their obvious quality of being mechanically ground, measured, and tamped with a higher precision than we are capable of doing by hand.
My personal configuration is a combination of the Nanopresso, the NS Adaptor and the large Barista container. These fit in the larger Case. But, since Nespresso isn’t available everywhere ánd I enjoy experimenting with local coffees when travelling, I take the Barista head and basket wherever I go.
Camp Stove Toaster by Coghlan’s
This simple piece of gear brings me joy! It’ll toast four slices of bread at a time. it’ll fold flat, it’s rustproof and only weighs a mere 20 grams ……
Some salted butter, bacon, mozarello and basil on the toast and a cup of good espresso and we’re off!
Food: In-Kayak / Backpacking / Hiking
For me, the length of kayaking/backpacking/hiking trips is set by the amount of food I can bring, as my other gear is pretty much as small and as light as I can afford and want. Having said that, in general, the maximum length of my trips is approximately two weeks. Two weeks of food could weigh up to 7 kgs and could look like this:
The best tasting Coffee, by The Brew Company
This The Brew Company “brew-in-the-bag” enables me to make freshly brewed coffee wherever I am. This no-compromise coffee is made with fairtrade, hand-roasted beans, with full traceability of the coffee origins. No-compromise mean it’s the next best coffee after French-pressing your self grinded coffee. This is the most delicious coffee, ever, available for on-the-go making. It comes in loads of tastes and there is even a tea-version available. I personally like a strong coffe, so the Medium/strong tastes suit me best. The strength of your brew is determined by the amount of water and the soaking time. Very easy.
Freeze Dried Meals
If I am likely to get near shops (which I generally try to avoid), I’ll take less breakfast, because I love starting the day with bacon and eggs. If I expect to be able to hunt (bow or fish) or forage, I’ll take less food as well. I am not very particular regarding when I eat what meal. So I will f.i. eat a Salmon and Rice meal as breakfast if I feel like it.
Underneath are some of my favourites.
I tried many of the Freeze Dried meal brands like Blå Band, Globetrotter, Firepot, Decathlon, Voyager, Mountain House, Summit to Eat and Trek’n Eat (but not LyoFood, nor Expedition Foods).
It all boiled down to these last two standing: DryTech Real Turmat and Adventure Food. So I gave these two their own, dedicated and thorough, comparative, subjective test. But let’s some parameters first:
- I have yet to find a brand with a proper lineup. Meaning a full day of nutrition: breakfast, lunch, dinners and snacks. Not just in nutritional value, but also in variation. (Maybe some do, but don’t communicate it clearly.)
- I do not care if level markings are on the inside or the outside of pouches. I use the markings in my cooking pot, not to waste gas on boiling water I do not need. (So like these two, all brands should tell how much water is required, on the pouch.)
- I leave pouches intact, so I can take them out with the ziplock closed. I use a long spoon. (I fail to see the practical value of a spork for out-of-the-pouch eating.)
- I do not care if meals need a couple of minutes more or less to hydrate. I’m not in a hurry.
- Taste: Subjective, so hard to judge. Plus, I didn’t get to taste all the flavors of all the makers.
- I will add pepper and/or salt if I like to.
- I ‘cook’ all meals the same: Add the boiled water | Stir well | Close the ziplock | Leave it for the needed time, but shake well at halftime | Open the pouch | Stir again | Eat out of the pouch.
DryTech Real Turmat
Real Turmat is the outdoor meals line, made by DryTech in Norway, based on the Scandinavian kitchen.
The first and most obvious about their products is the vacuum packing, which makes it unnecessary to use an oxygen absorber and it makes it possible to see that the bag is sealed and tight. This also reduces the size of the bags, but also makes them more rigid and thus not necessarily more ‘packable’ or ‘readable’. The food tastes good and they offer some special tastes.
- Some outstanding tastes (Reindeer Stew!)
- Obvious shelf life. Uncompromised if vacuum.
- 0,28 grams per kcal
- Prices often twice as high as Adventure Food.
- The pouches are high and narrow, not the most practical.
- The advised usage, tearing the pouch underneath the ziplock, seems unpractical. The pouch then can’t be resealed, which means I’m potentially carrying open pouches for two weeks in my waste bag: not a nice aroma. Leave No Trace!
|DryTech Real Turmat||Adventure Food|
|Chili con Carne|
Creamy Salmon with Pasta
Couscous with Lentils and Spinach
|Chili con Carne|
Pasta al Salmone
Adventure Food is a Dutch company started by, Hans van der Meulen, an experienced expeditioner. (Climbed the Mount Everest, walked to the North Pole on foot, etcetera.)
They make calorie management easy, because all Main Meals and Expedition Breakfast are 600 kcal. They offer pan-European food that will suit many tastes.
- The Expedition Breakfast is, arguebly, unparalleled in taste and nutritional value.
- Generally the most affordable of the major brands.
- 0,28 grams per kcal
- Well tasting, nutritious food.
- Good sized breakfast (most important meal of the day?)
- A safe bet at a good price.
Adventure Food offers an (unsolicited)
9% introductory discount for my visitors in their webshop.
The code is: White Water Gear
I love my Cliff bars. On the average trip, I eat three of these per day: A classic Cliff energy bar to start the day (breakfast -> packing up -> energy bar -> activity), a Builders protein bar before lunch and a protein bar before setting camp. The protein bars provide 20 grams of protein each. The weight to nutritionvalue of these bars is very good, especially because they taste well (flavours for everyone). These bars are made with organic and nutritious ingredients like organic rolled oats, dried fruits, nuts, and seeds. They provides energy from multiple carbohydrate sources and a blend of protein, fat, and fiber to help slow the rate of digestion delivering sustained energy during activity.
By-the-way: 100% of cocoa ingredients are sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms, which is a good thing! 🙂
I ONLY fish to eat. I ONLY fish on trips lasting a week or longer.
I fish for panfish like Trout, Grayling, Eel, Perch, Zander, Pangasius, Tilapia, Rudd, Catfish, Roach and Bream.
Tenkara fly fishing is a simple type of fishing practiced in Japan, still largely unknown outside Japan. The appeal of tenkara is its elegant simplicity and thus extremely usefull for backpacking and kayaking. All you need is a rod, tenkara line and a fly (no reel).
This is my Sawtooth rod, made by the Tenkara Rod Company. It’s a 3,6 meter, medium flexibel, telescopic rod, made out of 9 carbon fiber sections. It only weighs 91 grams, the packing size is 50 cm. It has a handle made of cork. As tenkara rods are typically longer than most other fishing rods, it has the distinct advantage of reaching across currents.
|Brown Trout fishing in the peaty waters of the Linn Falls at Aberlour, Spey Valley, Scotland.||Portablity testing: conventional fly rigs versus Tenkara rod (@GlenCassley, Scotland).|
The Chartreuse and Orange lines I use by the Tenkara Rod Company are 3,20 upto 3,60 meter, hand-crafted lines with single strand construction, a 3mm nickel alloy tippet ring (for easy attachment of the tippet) and an attachment loop for easy attachment to the rod. They are non-tapered, and perfectly weighted to cast of the same length or slightly shorter than the rod. I use Line Clips for on the go line storage. These clips connect to your rod and allow you to quickly store your line.
I’m frequently asked to share my line information, so here we go:
|Line (wt)||Tippet (X)||Fly sizes||Fish Weight||Fish|
|4 wt||3X||6 -14||500 gr||Pan fish, River Trout, small Bass|
|5 wt||4X||14 -20||750 gr||my goto line, as it is the”all-around” trout fisherman’s line weight, which covers virtually all trout-fishing situations.|
|6 wt||5X||18 -26||1 kg||Catfish, Smaller Salmon, Large Bass|
As the line is too thick to tie the fly directly, we use a tippet. A thinner than 0,2 mm, 30 cm upto 1 meter, line rated at 3 kg. These are my Rio Tenkara Rod Co. Tippets, which comes in 27 meter spools, good for making approximately 45 tippets.
Artificial flies are used in tenkara fly-fishing. These are tied with thread, feathers and sometimes fur as in western fly-fishing. Traditionally a special reverse hackle wet-fly is used, which means that the feathers are angled towards the hook so the fly seems to ‘swim’ when pulling the line. My kit includes three sizes: size 14 as my standard fly, larger size 20 flies for bigger water and the smaller size 12 for when the others don’t work. I use flies without barbs.
My Accessories Kit is a 420D Nylon Pouch, containing Nippers (for cutting lines), Forceps (for hooks further in the fish), Lochsa and Payette Paste Line Floatants (should I chose to use a floating setup. I also keep my spare lines and tippet in this pouch.
Tenkara Fishing Technique
I primarily use my Tenkara gear in mountain streams, fishing for Trout, Grayling, small Salmon and pan-fish. I guess the benefits of Tenkara fly fishing are the precise placement of the fly and the easy manipulation of the fly. The basics are as follows:
- I normally carry a ready-to-use kit.
- Arriving at a stream, I’ll take out my rod, unwind the line (8 turns) and I’m set to go!
- Tenkara fishing, to me, is checking out the main flow, eddies, foam patches, et cetera, to find fish.
- The techniques I use (I don’t use a floating line) are:
- letting the fly drift with the flow
- moving it up and down while drifting with the flow
- paused at a certain spot
- pause and drift
- cross stream pulling
- Use a landing net, turn the fish belly up with wet hands and unhook.
- smaller and not edible fish are released by holding them with their mouth against the current untill they swim away.
Ego Blackwater Trout Net
The EGO Blackwater trout is an awesome net. There is also a unique ruler built into the net that allows you to measure your fish without handling them. This unique feature is perfect for catch and release trout anglers! You can measure your trout and release it without every handling it! It has a retractable quick-draw tether. It can land a 25 cm trout with ease. Weighing approximately 300 grams, it is easy to bring on backpacking trips.
Lazy Trap Fishing
The most relaxed way of fishing is by using fish traps, ofwhich the simplest is this square net. It is placed on the river bottom. All you have to do is put bait like offal (fish guts or any other left over) in the little center pocket, lower it down to the river bottom, and check it every hour. It might take some stones to give it enough weight depending on the current. This is an awesome way to catch crustaceans, including shrimp, crab, lobster and crawfish.
RidgeMonkey Collapsible Fish Bucket
This is my 15 liter collapsible fish bucket called Perspective Collapsible Bucket by RidgeMonkey. It only takes an instant from being folded to scoping a good amount of water. Wash basin, stalking bucket, groundbait bowl or even a drinks chiller. The design is very pactical. It has a rigid top rim, a proper hook & loop handle strap and an external D-ring for stable pouring, but the see-through front is the best feature! It’s made out of tough 500D PVC.
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