Individuals and families are seeking new and exciting outdoor leisure pursuits that help them ‘get away from it all’. Hiking and camping trips help those who want to return back to nature to enjoy the great outdoors and to challenge themselves physically and mentally.
Depending on the intensity of the terrain, on average a person burns over 500 calories per hour, so it is essential that food and liquid provisions are adequately catered for. There is nothing more satisfying than being able to quickly make a fire for a hot drink or warm meal. In many cases this is essential to make the most of new technologies, such as freeze dried food, which are light to carry and easy to cook when camping or hiking but require boiling water to make them.
From professional backwoodsmen through to weekend campers, the trend has been to take everything that you might need for the trip, with the result that there can be a lot of equipment required to survive outdoors. Everyday luxuries soon end up weighing a lot and can be heavy to carry, even the smallest of distances.
Traditional gas camping stoves are popular, however they are bulky to carry, sometimes unreliable and most locations do not have refill facilities. Open fires are preferred by most when camping, but require locally foraged fuel (wood) to be used and on occasions this may be hard to find and even more difficult to light if in wet and windy conditions.