Fun with gear:
My new 60 litre food barrel!! They say
it was used to transport pharmaceuticals but I have to admit that it smelled a bit petrochemical-y when I got it. Honestly, probably some sort of strong smelling medicine. Two doses of bleach later and it's MUCH better. Perfect really. My old barrel had an additional locking pin on the spring clip. I've heard that some raccoons have figured out the spring latch! I've added an additional clevis pin to lock the spring latch to try and keep sneaky raccoons at bay.
I love my universal barrel harness! It works on my old 45 litre barrel AND this one too!
I've made some modifications to my stove. I bought this nifty little stove stand last year and it converts my LPG stove to a configuration more similar to the white gas stoves. It was a bit tippy before with the large canisters of fuel and this greatly reduces the centre of gravity and it also allows the use of a windbreak without trapping all the heat around a pressurized fuel canister! Not a good idea! I'm thrilled with it. All the ease of a LPG stove with many of the benefits of a white gas stove.
Here's the bounty from helping out the Summer Drama Festival last year: a MSR Blacklite Gourmet nesting pot set!
My new pot set is a bit small for a group of 5 so I'll bring along a 5 litre pot I picked up at Ikea (of all places) last year. It's aluminum and reasonably light weight, teflon coated and it even has a built in strainer in the lid for pasta! I'd say it's the perfect camping pot. ...and only $15! The MSR pots fit perfectly inside it as well and the Ikea pot has a locking lid to keep everything inside. Perfect!
And my final bit of new kit.... A Thermarest Prolite 3! Oh, how I'm looking forward to using this! I've been stuck with foam mattresses these last few years and while the good ones are decent, I miss the ease and comfort of the self-inflating models! Thremarest has all new models this year so MEC had a great sale on the old stock a while back.
Speaking of self-inflating air mattresses, Forest City Surplus in London has a great deal on used Canadian Military mattresses. They're made by Mustang, the same company that makes very high quality inflatable PFD's. Relatively lightweight, VERY heavy duty, full length and quite thick. $20! I can pick some up if any of the camping crew needs one.