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Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Backcountry Aesthetics on 11/26/2011 17:32:59 MST Print View


The bamboo mat is a nice place to slice bread and cheese.
No, it's not UL, but I think it's more fun than eating out of a Ziploc bag with a Taco Bell spork.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Backcountry Aesthetics on 11/26/2011 17:49:17 MST Print View

I like your multi cultural place setting. Nice arty Mora.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Backcountry Aesthetics on 11/26/2011 17:49:21 MST Print View

I love kuskas. I need to carve myself one some day.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Backcountry Aesthetics on 11/26/2011 18:07:11 MST Print View

Very nice. Some folks seem to think we should eschew aesthetics when we venture into the backcountry. I like it better your way!

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Re: Backcountry Aesthetics on 11/26/2011 18:26:02 MST Print View

I think there's a time and place for everything. I've done my share of carrying 3 ounce cook kits. I certainly wouldn't be carrying the set above of I were trying to do 30+ miles in a day.

Stamati Anagnostou
(yeoldehipster) - F

Locale: New England
Re on 12/07/2011 21:26:43 MST Print View

There's something to be said for having beautiful kit in unfamiliar places. If you become lonely or frightened, something that reminds you of home can be a godsend.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Backcountry Aesthetics on 12/08/2011 12:51:56 MST Print View

Bamboo sushi mats can actually be pretty UL. I often carry one as a work station - so I can make wraps and what not - and not get any of "God's Salt and Pepper" in my meal (that was my English Nana's claim of what sand was....yuck)

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Backcountry Aesthetics on 12/15/2011 01:06:09 MST Print View

Been slowly organizing the garage due to the Boss's orders :(

Came across some old stuff. I am very found of the classic stuff I started out with. To me they are all beautiful and functional, although not real light.

Sierra Cup

On the left is a Sigg-Tourist cook set. Includes 2.5 qt and 3.5 qt pots, pot holder, lid can be used on either pot and as a frying pan. Very easy to clean. Also holds a Svea 123 perfectly.

The knife is a Buck model 121 Fisherman knife, circa early 1970s. Back in the day it was easy to supplement meals with trout and the Sigg pan came in handy.

In the center is a Sierra Cup which was once probably the most common item used by backpackers. The cup on the right is a Rocky cup. The bend in the handle makes is much easier to hold than the Sierra cup, and I found the taller profile more convenient. Both hold about 10 or 12 ounces if I remember correctly.

The Boss prefers I get rid of all the old stuff that takes up space, but I can't bear to part with a lot of it. About once a year I do a weekend trip with all the old gear to include my old Kelty D4 pack. I get a lot of weird comments if I run into people, especially with my white beard and the old aluminum Tracks hiking staff.

Clint Wayman

Locale: East Tennessee, US
... on 01/27/2012 07:52:39 MST Print View

I often return to this thread, both in my mind and on the web, to appreciate the ideas and beauties of backcountry simplicity. It is basic and commonplace, and I enjoy that.