Fellas , I am trying to figure out what stove to have in the pack when the truck parks and the hiking begins. I am planning on being by my self so carrying every thing in on my back , though I will probably be only about a mile and a half it is exstremely steep and all up hill. I wanted to hunt these areas this past season but was only able to hunt at the lower elevations and listen to bugles up there due to the needing to leave at 2:30am to make it up there buy daylight . Elevation is in the neighborhood of 11K and am not sure what will work best for mtn house meals (16/oz of boilling water) and need to be able to carry enough fuel for 4-5 days . Alcohol, butane ,hard fuel ect. your thoughts please.[
You cant go wrong with primus or optimus stoves from Sweden - solid, reliable - I have used an optimus white gas stove in the northern british columbia winter at minus 47 celsius - it needed pumping a few times during cooking, but did a great job in extreme cold. Also used it at 3500 metres (about 11500 feet) above sea level with no problems. I have friends who swear by MSR white gas stoves - they also seem very reliable, but the legs arent as strong as the primus or optimus. For cold weather or high altitude, white gas (naphtha) is the way to go. Dont get it on exposed skin in extreme cold though as it can cause frostbite.