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Hiking Kitchen

Hikers continue to talk about stoveless and many different stove type cooking from alcohol, propane, twig fires like a box or solo stove. One thing stove hikers can agree on is that one usually carries exactly what one needs and nothing more.
Over the last year I have been using a Toaks Ti alcohol stove, OliCamp propane stove and a Solo Stove(not for hiking) One thing I have noticed is that everything is basically a one pot meal and I do not normally make a hot beverage at the same time. Some time ago I developed kettle envy and so I purchased a GSI kettle.

I do not recall the volume but it seems less than 900ml range as the Toaks is 1100ml and the neck is below the rim. 
I used the kettle a few weeks ago to make some coffee for some hikers (they used their own cups) and while it was adequate it was not very useful although it's diameter was functional on the propane stove. I hope I'm making sense.
Never mind the complicated prose... it's crap.

Star Wars inspired campsite

Inspired by this tent custom made by Bear Paw Wilderness Designs:


I decided to put together a tarp version


My pack weight was 5 pounds; everything fits nicely in the pack with plenty of room for a poncho; basic kit; and several days of food
The cordage is zingit-like. The stakes are MSR mini-hogs and one cyclone. Having a black pack means the contents are going to be warm on a sunny day. This makes sense in the winter, however, in the Florida sun everything melts and water, while wet, is not fun to drink. The Klymit Dash 30 has a hydration port and shoulder pockets big enough for a 750ml Smartwater bottle. 

The big 3 are [1] Klymit Dash 30 (massdrop) [2] 30D footprint(bpwd) [3] 30D 6x9 tarp(bpwd) [4] Snugpak Jungle Bag [5] Klymit Static V(massdrop) [6] Klymit Pillow(massdrop)

While I staked the footprint it was not necessary, however, the day is blustery and the stakes held the footprint in place. Also this is technically a "bathtub" floor, however, it lays flush to the gro…