What is one of the main perks of winter tramping? The sandflies go on holiday. Uncle Jacko discloses tricks for winter tramping, how his down jacket became the first tramping apparel he could wear in town, and in what activity redundancy is key.
In this edition of UJCC, Uncle Jacko advises on stove safety, as well as discusses his view on the 'profitless pursuit of pointless pastimes' and being 'too goal-driven.' He also reminisces on the hallucinations that come when sleep deprived during a backcountry ultra-marathon.
I prefer a pikau to a pack, a tarp to a tent, and a simple one-piece stove to a pressurised blast furnace. Tiny alcohol burners fit this bill. They are easy to make and don't require expensive tools or project stock. A couple of soft-drink cans, a craft knife and some patience are all you need.
Can a stove made from three tin cans and an hour of muttering compete with a hi-tech titanium marvel? There's more to it than a scale and a stopwatch.
Since 1984, the MSR WhisperLite has been reliably turning your solvent of choice into fumes, noise and blistering heat.