Posts Tagged ‘equipment


DIY: alcohol stove made out of a beer can

Inspired by this blog post (click to view full post),

simon- adventures blog

I tried this beverage can- stove myself. It takes actually longer to watch the instruction video than to create it (to drink the content hopefully takes longest). In a flash you will have a new stove which is working very well, a recycled, cheap and excellent ultralight gadget too.

It is a perfect alternate to my MSR Whisperlite International multifuel stove. One litre water boils in around 15 min, a windshield probably will increase the performance (but during holiday, time shall not be an issue). The stove itself puts only 23 grams (less than 1/10 to the whisperlite) on the scales which is close to nothing (note: weight could be decreased if designed smaller) and with simple ideas it is easy to create an ultralight kitchen which weights less than 100 grams. For more instructions and ideas check out

Sure this stove is not created for harsh conditions such as winter expeditions or mountain climbing but for shorter trips I think I will give the alcohol stove the advantage and if it breaks new material is waiting along the roadside ditch.



strike a new path

The other day while roaming the www for inspiring stuff I came across Packrafting.

Pack what, Raft who? A Packraft is a small inflatable rubberboat which has a minimal volume and wheight, a say so pocketsized vessel. It offers a range of total new opportunities: Remote areas with difficult access are approaching, rivers and lakes can be crossed or simply to bear in mind some other mode of transportation.

The idea to have a vessel always to keep in readiness sounds great and after I stumbled over bikerafting my mind was fixed to try this form of transport. Bikerafting simply means to have an inflatable rubberboat with you on your bike, or vice versa to have a rubberboat and load your bike and stuff on top.

There are some high quality packrafts out there, but unfortunatly also very pricey. But as for many outdoor activities with expensive equipment there are mostly affordable alternatives with cast- off Army stuff, so I found a quasi so called packraft at ebay and thought to give it a try:


bike+ raft= bikeraftbikeraftgood to gogood for 2 too
































I got them…

Long time I was searching for the good old Thumbshifter to simplify the bike as much as possible. Those Thumbies were long time difficult to get, on ebay they reach very high prices for nearly 20year old stuff and those solutions made with Adapters and Bar-end shifters are also very pricey. Radspannerei a cycle shop in Berlin found them on a cycle fair and put them in stock. A pair of 3X9 indexed Thumb shifters I call mine now, not very cheap stuff too (around 60Euro/ pair), but they look  and work great. I really love that stuff…

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