The Long Riders' Guild
as usual in a Central Asian caravanserai, as photographed by famed Swedish
Long Rider, Sven Hedin, in the late 19th Century.
Long Rider Comments
|I had a simple alcohol cooker,
which was more than enough, made by Trangia.
|Our cooker is a new, very small
primus from Primus, Sweden. We chose this because it weighs less
than my old well proven Optimus III, and it also works with both kerosene
and unleaded fuel. The problem is that it hardly ever works for more
than a couple of days, without extensive cleaning. It also have one
small o-ring (seal) that breaks all the time. Several times we have
been close to disaster because of leaking fuel. We are not happy
with it at all! Howard Saether and Janja Kovačič
I used the same stove for both trips.
It requires a AA battery to spin a little fan in the base. Just a
palm full of twigs is all it takes to start a fire and cook dinner - no
need to carry fuel. Even in the middle of the desert I always
found plenty of little sticks. The place for the fire is enclosed,
and I have used it in front of rangers where open fires are not allowed
and never had a problem. I light a bit of map I don't need anymore
for kindling, and, with the paper as a starter, even wet wood will burn
in this thing. The stove came with an aluminum pot, and I used it
as my cook pot and also to provide water for my horse Cacho. I
didn't carry a collapsible bucket, he just drank from my pot. The
problem with aluminum is it tastes like sour metal; oh man I got tired
of that taste! On the second trip, I upgraded to a titanium pot
that weighed maybe .000001 ounce (only a slight exaggeration) and food
tasted much better out of it. My other horse Shawnee, like Cacho,
accepted water from it when she couldn't reach the water source.
|We have recently tried out the
Wicker Warm-up Towel by Discovery Trekking Outfitters Ltd. It is small
and very light, yet dries your body or hair astonishingly well and quickly.
|To be able to sleep good is
very important, so we decided to buy 2 of the new
"self-inflatable" thin mattresses. We bought the brand
McKinley. They were the most expensive, and supposedly the best.
They are very comfortable, but they started to delaminate almost
immediately. We still use them, because we haven't been able to find
any replacement for them. We can recommend the
"self-inflatable" mattresses, because they are light and take
little place, but choose another brand. Howard Saether and Janja
|Since it was first invented I
have used the Coleman "Cobra" stove, with satisfactory results.
went the way of all lanterns very soon after we started, so that, if we
could not get our evening meal by daylight, we had to eat it by the dim,
religious, evil-smelling, and smoky light afforded by a rag dipped in
pig's fat and hung over the edge of a saucer."
Subaltern George Younghusband - author of
"1800 Miles on a Burmese Pony." 1888
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