Is part 3 of three on how to bake using the Sea to Summit X-Cup with steam inside a GSI pot on Trangia stove.
Gear I like:
Very cool titanium trowel made by QiWiz http://www.qiwiz.net/trowels.html which is both very light yet strong. It takes almost no space in a pack. The one I have pictured above is the Big Dig model.
Intended primarily for digging catholes to defecate* in, it has other uses as well. I find it useful for moving coals around the campfire.
And QiWiz is a great guy, too, who makes other fine quality gear. I use his wind screens now for all my pots.
*(Alas the English language lacks a neutral descriptive term for this common activity. “Shit” is offensive; “take a dump”, vulgar; “use the bathroom”, euphemistic; “go no.2”, juvenile; “defecate”, medicinal.)
My current setup: MLD Trailstar with a Pyranet inner bug net. Three different pitches:
1) On typical campground hard packed pitch. Intended for tents with poles instead of stakes, this is really hard to pitch on, but at this site was my only option due to the space. Notice I have used long lines and rocks to spread the tarp out. Stakes did not work well here. It rained several hours this night as a storm blew in, but there was no splash into the inner liner.
2) In order to avoid both a hard packed tent area and also some wind off a nearby lake, I lowered one side against the wind, and raised the other with two long lines, one to a tree and one to the picnic table, letting in some circulation to the downwind side.
3) A pitch in the dirt with stakes, which works great. This was in a hotter location, not in the mountains, but along a river bottom in otherwise hot and dry area. Hence, the high raised tarp to let in a lot of air to cool off at night. The center pole is my wooden hiking staff, about 48” high. Lots of air circulating underneath.
Lunch inside: Snow Peak 700 with http://rutalocura.com/Carbon_Lids.html Ruta Locura lid to which I have added a small knob of Sugru.