No, it has nothing to do with The Doors – it has to do with stoves – those I have used on my outdoor pursuits, in sweltering heat, rain, hail, snow, wind, in the open, under the stars, in tents and caves.
In the beginning.
A kind of evolution from the early days of camp fires and Primus stoves to the efficient multi fuel stoves we use today – the smell of coffee brewing, trout sizzling in the pan and aromatic meals at the end of long days on the stream or hiking across the mountains.
My first Optimus
Replaced with a more efficient Optimus for high altitude – brilliant old stove.
Today I was searching through my camping gear, and pulled out the stoves that were reposing with sleeping bags, pots, pans, fly gear, waders, boots and fly jackets and few things I’m sure aren’t mine. They kick started a whole bunch of memories of long 10 day photographic hikes with my great friend John Hone onto the Drakensberg escarpment and into Lesotho, shorter fishing hikes into the headwaters of high altitude streams, friendships and the natural world. In a way these stoves are a symbolism of many adventures – even the stained bags they were carried in are strangely memorable. They were always the centre of camp activity especially in the evenings – the warmth, light and hiss. They gave the camp a homey feel with a hint of the towering peaks, woods and the streams.
Camp gas stoves with the old canister puncture mechanism – no good at altitude.
A new universal screw on canister stove and efficient, clean propane gas – okay for higher altitude.
Some disappeared in the mists of time, worn out, lost, broken or passed onto others – these are a few that were more fortunate – they are the story of more than 40 years of scrambling around in the wilderness.
The current Master! – MSR Dragonfly multi-fuel stove – go anywhere.
A small jet stove head and a Stephen Boshoff solid fuel stove for a slow on-stream cup of coffee.
Have a look at these sites for stove reviews – http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Backpacking-Stove-Reviews. In particular the multi-fuel stove by ATG (All Terrain Gear) – most impressive and well priced – (http://www.atgear.co.za/6-cooking).
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