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Speaking of Solar Lamps...

Another great solar-charge lamp caught our eye and I was pretty keen to get a chance to try this one out.   What I notice about this lamp: 1. It folds down nicely and is easily packed. 2. It seems to charge quickly and being LED, it doesn't take much charge at all to light the lamp for hours. 3. It gives plenty of light: Solar Lamp: High Setting   It comes with a hanging hook that folds neatly into the top compartment of the lamp and has far more solar charge surface area than some other lamps in its class. As for weight, it's difficult to be bothered by 20grams.  The light has 3 settings, well, 4 if you include turning it...

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What I’ve learned about the Fire Maple Star X2 Cooking System.

I’ve run a few stoves in my time spent backpacking.  Everything from pop-can stoves, white gas/Whisperlite and Simmerlite set-ups, Pocket-Rockets, Primus canister and multi-fuel stoves as well as Jet-Boil stoves.  A good stove can make the task of cooking at camp that much more enjoyable. We’ve used the Fire Maple now a number of times to both boil up water quickly and to cook meals that require a simmer.   What I’ve found wonderful about this little stove is it’s versatility and smart design. One part of the design that I really can’t say enough good about is this:    Fire Maple Handle locks into place.     Pot handle on the Joule for comparison. The Fire Maple’s handle locks into...

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