Lightweight and Ultralightweight Backpacking

The View from Here

Panoramic view from a mountain top in Glacier National Park, Montana

Here is the most efficient kitchen I have found for solo backpacking:

kitchen detail

kitchen detail

The 10-liter Sea To Summit Folding Bucket is for carrying water to the campsite, which should be at least 100-feet from the water source. I also have it full of untreated water, standing by, to put out an out of control fire.

The "disks" are towels for prefiltering water. I only carry one, because they expand so much as you can see. The light green towel is one.

If I am boiling water, I do not actually filter water, except to prefilter from the source, let it settle and use a prefilter again.

The package contains smaller WSYI Wipe disks I use for cleaning up. I carry only a few.

I use the Sawyer Water Bottle I can also use with Platypus Big Zip SL and food-grade tubing, to fit, as a gravity filter and I do have Katadyn MP 1 - water purification tablets, if really necessary.

The small white plastic razor is called a ZipIt. I use it to open plastic food packaging.

The SPARK-LITE FIRESTARTER is for starting the fire.

Everything I will use goes inside the Vargo Titanium 750 Sierra inside the GSI Halulite Ketalist stuff sack. The GSI Halulite Kettle stuff sack is also useful for washing up, as the bottom portion of it may serve as a wash basin.

Unless I bring my GSI Halulite Ketalist, for more camping than hiking, my entire backpacking kitchen outfit will fit inside a quart Ziploc bag.

Either way, I do not get soot on my pack.

The Vargo Titanium 750 Sierra cookware has a 6-inch diameter at the lid that tapers to a 4-inch base. I use it very much like a small wok.

I have successfully used the Vargo Titanium 750 Sierra for boiling, steam-baking, dry-baking, and for frying.

The only "knife" is the edge of the Guyot Designs spatula you see here. I carry this spatula if there is any chance I will do some frying. Maybe a pansize trout?

I have the Snow Peak Short Spork because it fits so nicely in this camp kitchen.

I also carry my cooking pot in it's own net bag outside my pack, until I can thoroughly clean off the soot at home. If I am in bear country I put it inside an odorproof OPSak.

If the pot becomes covered with wood fire soot, I brush off the excess. Back at home, the soot can be removed by soaking the bottom of the pot in chafing oil sold at a restaurant supply.

The windscreen for the cooking pot on the wood fire is different: the windscreen needs to be adjustable to block a strong breeze from all directions, or, open up.

Nevertheless, air will need to enter at or near the bottom of the fire.

I like to use the EZ-Fold Windscreen lifted off the ground 1/4-inch for air intake, using bobbypins for adjustable height legs.

The total weight of this kitchen kit is 4.5 oz.

I like the Caldera clone cooking system so much it is my avatar, in the forum.


my selection of other backpacking stoves for solo backpacking

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