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Ueli Steck has got to be one of, if not the fastest alpine climber in the world. Insanity. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUWBbepsdmY

Stove Showdown
This article originally published in the September 2010 issue of Adventure Insider Magazine. In recent years there has been a definite trend towards the use of integrated cook systems. These all-in-one systems combine the stove, windscreen, heat exchanger, and cook pot, and their efficiency and ease of use makes them extremely popular for backpackers moving to a lighter cook system as well as high altitude mountaineers looking for lightweight hangable kits. We compare three of these systems below. MSR Reactor
Both the Jetboil Flash and MSR Reactor have been around for a couple years. The Primus EtaSolo is brand new to the market and with that comes the obvious advantage of learning from other mistakes. We conducted a series of tests on all three systems side-by-side to eliminate as many variables as possible. Test 1: Each system was filled with 2 cups of water at 81° F. Time was recorded at rolling boil. Test 2: Each system was filled with 2 cups water at 34° F. Time was recorded at rolling boil. Test 3: Each system was filled with boiling water. Temperature was recorded in ten minute intervals for 30 minutes. Bonus test: The MSR reactor was filled with 1 L of 34° ice water. Time was recorded at rolling boil. Note: Air temperature for all tests was 74° F.


What stove you ultimately decide on will be a matter of your circumstances. Here’s our feeling. Groups: If you’re traveling with more than three people there is no comparison to the MSR Reactor. The Reactor boils water at a shockingly fast speed and the larger capacity will enable everyone to get a nice hot cup of tea. Solo or couples: Either the Jetboil Flash or Primus EtaSolo are great choices. If you plan to hang your stove often the sting of the Jetboil Flash hanging kit will be minimized and if you hang rarely the included Primus hanging kit is a welcome addition. Both stoves also offer lids used to drink from the pot and insulation to keep the contents warm. The ability to use other pots with the Primus EtaSolo may give it an edge for most people, however. [table id=4 /] 1 Includes stove, pot, and burner 2 Max fill is half of listed capacity
This article originally published in the September 2010 issue of Adventure Insider Magazine. Not all that long ago manufacturers simply labeled their items ‘waterproof ’. That label was awfully ambiguous. What exactly is waterproof? Rain? Lots of rain? Swimming? There is certainly a lot left to the imagination when interpreting the term ‘waterproof ’. The International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) standard IEC 60529 aims to standardize testing of devices so you know exactly what a rated device can withstand. No doubt you have seen standards such as IPX7, but unless you know the code, that doesn’t help you much. Let’s take a look at the code format and what it means. All devices certified to IEC 60529 start with ‘IP’ to indicate the standard is being applied, and then there are two digits that follow. The first digit (0-6 or X) designates the device’s protection from solid objects. 0-4 indicate protection from items such as fingers and wires, but a rating of 5 or 6 may occasionally be used for consumer devices. A 5 indicates ‘dust protected’ meaning the device may let dust in but not in sufficient quantity to interfere with the proper operation. A 6 means ‘dust tight’ which indicates that the device is completely sealed to dust. Most consumer devices will generally carry an X, indicating the device was not tested for protection from solid objects. The second digit following the ‘IP’ describes the protection from water, this is what we’re really concerned about. The digits range from 0-8. Refer to the following table to determine to what degree your new device can withstand exposure to water:
  1. Device is protected from vertically dripping water.
  2. Device is protected from dripping water when tilted up to 15˚ from it’s normal position.
  3. Device is protected from water falling as a spray at any angle up to 60˚ from it’s normal position.
  4. Device is protected from water splashing against the enclosure.
  5. Device is protected from water sprayed from jets at any angle.
  6. Device is protected from water sprayed from high pressure jets at any angle.
  7. Device is protected from ingress of water in sufficient quantity to damage device when submerged in up to 1m of water.
  8. Device is protected from ingress of water during continuous submersion under conditions specified by manufacturer.
Now you should know exactly what IPX7, a very common rating, means. If you run across a different IP rating just refer to the table above to determine the protection provided. There are other standards from various organizations such as the Department of Defense, National Electrical Manufactures Association, and Underwriters Laboratory just to name a few. The IP Code seems to be the standard most commonly employed by consumer device manufactures, and now you know how to decode the standard. IPX Ratings

Winter can be a tough season to be mentally prepared for. This video should help. http://vimeo.com/15315278

Bellingham, Washington
This article originally published in the September 2010 issue of Adventure Insider Magazine. Bellingham, Washington is a growing city that has been able to keep the smaller town charm while offering some really exciting adventures. Being in the northwest corner of Washington state between Bellingham Bay and the North Cascades Mountain range makes Bellingham great for both water and mountain adventures. Bellingham has received awards for everything from best paddling destination (Outside Magazine in August 2006) to 7th best locale for mountain biking (Mountain Bike magazine in June 2001) to being named one of the top adventure cities in the United States by National Geographic Adventure. Bellingham, Washington
On your next (or first!) visit to Bellingham, be sure to head up to Mt. Baker. A 30-45 minute drive up Mt. Baker highway (Highway 542) from the city of Bellingham will get you to gorgeous hiking or skiing, depending on the season. When I went towards the end of July, Artist Point had just opened due to the walls of snow along the road and I actually got to do a bit of sledding. With over 200 miles of trails, there is definitely something for everyone from the beginner to the more advanced hiker (http://www.fs.fed.us/ r6/mbs/about/mbrd.shtml). After a day at Mt. Baker, fill up on some authentic Italian food at Milano’s Restaurant (http://www.MilanoRestaurant.us) in Glacier, just off of Highway 542, or grab a beer at North Fork Brewery (http:// northforkbrewery.com), also just off Highway 542. The North Fork Brewery, also known as a beer shrine and Wedding Chapel, makes hand-crafted British ales served directly to the tap room from serving tanks. If you forgot your bicycle or ski gear, head over to Fairhaven Bike & Ski (http://fairhavenbike.com). In addition to renting equipment, the store is also a great place to jump onto the Interurban Trail into Downtown Bellingham or over to the Larrabee State Park. Looking for a great brewery in town? Besides being voted Best Washington Brewery and Best IPA in the Northwest by Northwest Brewing News, at Boundary Bay Brewery (http://www.bbaybrewery.com) you can find live music, community events, and a great local crowd outside in the beer garden. It’s not just hiking, skiing, and biking, you can also find kayaking, sailing, and even whale watching within miles of Bellingham city limits. With so many year round activities, it’s easy to see why Bellingham is one of the best adventure locations in the United States.

About Abbie

Abbie Mood
Abbie lives in Southern California and, in addition to being a freelance writer, teaches preschool Special Education. Originally from Delaware, she moved to California after graduating from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood development. Abbie earned a Master’s in special education from Cal State Fullerton while she developed a love for the outdoors and exploring. She has been an avid runner for more than ten years and has more recently taken up rock climbing. Abbie takes every break from teaching as an opportunity to get out and go (often with pups Daisy and Sadie in tow). Check out Abbie’s adventures on AbbieMood.com and keep and eye out for her soon-to-be re-launched travel sneakersandsuitcases.com, or on Twitter @AbbieMood! Abbie is an intern at the Matador Network, the budget expert for Planet Eye Traveler online magazine, and Managing Editor for Barefoot-Running.us. She has also contributed to BootsnAll, and Adventure World magazine. I was able to visit Bellingham courtesy of the Whatcom County Tourism Board, but the suggestions are based on my own opinions. [geo_mashup_map]
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