Tuesday, 18 October 2005

Sunrise II (This Time its Personal)

I may have mentioned before that I am using a jetboil to do my ‘cooking’ on, I have been nothing other than impressed with it, there is only one draw back to it and that is that it is only really good for heating stuff up rather than proper cooking. However, if what you are after is something to heat up food quickly and with minimum fuss this is the bit of kit for you. This morning for example I was in my sleeping bag and not wanting to get up and all I had to do was reach out with one arm (I had cunningly left it with water in last night) switch it on and wait for it to boil, then I just added a tea bag and waited for it to brew. The cooking pot is also an insulated mug with a lid, waking up to a cup of tea on a cold morning without having to mess about priming is the business. Sure once it gets cold I will probably have to sleep with the gas canister and the water in my sleeping bag to stop them from freezing but other than that it’s all pretty civilised.

One of the things I really like about the jet boil, I only discovered this last night and I’m fairly sure that this did not come up in one of the design briefs, is it’s hands free climbing application. The cup has a wide nylon handle and last night discovered it is possible to grip the handle between my teeth and climb without spilling any (much) of the contents. This discovery allowed me to take in the full brilliance of last night’s full moon from a vantage point in the top of a tree whilst drinking Hot Chocolate.

This morning’s sunrise was intense, if yesterday’s had been a water colour of pastel shades then today’s was a dramatic oil painting of rich reds and intense oranges blasting through boiling clouds. Red sky at night shepherds delight, red sky in the morning shepherds warning so they say, any shepherd seeing the sunrise this morning would have been well advised to go home and hide in the cupboard under the stairs with a blanket over his head.

8 comments:

SameOld said...

A jetboil sounds like a VERY nasty skin complaint. Something your doctor would advise you not to squeeze...

Paul said...

I'm very envious of your jetboil kit been pondering getting one for myself but suspect you are right about it being designed for re heating and boiling rather than cooking.

I quite like the challenge of actually cooking stuff in a set of mess tins….and of course part of the fun is removing that the contents of the wood floor that inexplicably make it into your dinner !

As for your challenge, why not try something practical and hone your whittling skills. Have a bash at carving a spoon.

It seems to be a right of passage on BushcraftUK.

If you do one I will too.

Paul said...

PS - Please DON'T use Bruce !

ODM (Original Ditch Monkey) said...

This weekend I are be mostly carving......

Chopsticks

SameOld said...

don't start with a redwood trunk :-)

Pandiotic said...

I hope you are freezing your nuts off. I'll donate £15 to the woodland trust for every digit that gets frostbite.

Do it for charity, stumpy.

ODM (Original Ditch Monkey) said...

nice and warm thanks dude.

Pandiotic said...

Think of the trees.