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Re: [CDT-L] [cdt-l] stoves

>From: James Lofton <n5yyx@plateautel.net>
>Reply-To: n5yyx@plateautel.net
>To: CDT list <cdt-l@backcountry.net>
>Subject: Re: [CDT-L] [cdt-l] stoves
>Date: Sat, 01 Apr 2000 09:06:01 -0800

>On a "march", like the CDT,

What do you mean by "march"? Why do some hikers equate longer mileage days 
with slogging? Personally I enjoy walking and that's one of the reasons I'm 
out there. Also, I emphatically disagree with the statement that hikers who 
cover more daily miles see less. Not true, some just have a natural gait 
that's faster than others and their walking speed does absulutely nothing to 
detract from the experience.

I would take what "I" feel comfortable with, be it
>tarp/tent, or zipstove/gas stove. It's a personal thing, that one should be
>comfortable with before the start. Atleast I would feel so. Kind of like 

Agreed. Some people like to constantly switch out gear. Personally I like to 
stick with as much of the stuff I started with, that is unless I'm not using 
it, rather than deal with the variables of gear. That said, I do ferry the 
ice ax as needed and will take on an extra layer like a parka for prolonged 
high country travel. Otherwise I try to stick it out.
>If I was going on a long hike, where covering miles was the name of the 
>game, the
>home made esbit stove would be what I would take, and meals planned around 

I'm dubious of esbit and solid fuel stoves. On the CDT I camped with a guy a 
few times using solid fuel and it took him nearly 3 times as long to boil 
water. Also, the fumes that came from the combustion were horrible. IMO, 
wood is a better alternative to burning chemicals because it is a renewable 
source that's natural.

Another negative to the zzip is if you have to melt snow for water. Once 
again, depending on the wind your water can taste like wood smoke. I'll take 
smoked cheese etc. anytime, but have to pass on the smoked water.

>James, watching the snow come down, in ENM(chill factor/11F)
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