Discussion in 'Cooking & Water Purification' started by GoodPhotos, Mar 5, 2019.
I use the Hot Lips without any issue ,
I FOUND MINE
it was still hanging right where i left it about 15+ years ago 'longabout the time i quit the minimalistic camping period in my life
hung it on the firebox handle on my trailer mounted cooker
the handle is a bit rusty butt otherwise it's unscathed
and look what i found 2 of over the weekend at a garage/junk sale
they have measuring marks stamped in them
AND guess where they were made ;-)
guess i'll get a coupla Hot Lips for them and put them into service
I got my new (to me) Ti Evernew/REI cup in the mail this afternoon
I am a Happy Camper again!
(Now, my original will show up of course.) LOL
Had one 40 years ago that used to hang by the out side water faucet that we would drink out of. Don't think I ever tried to eat out of it.
The Rocky cups were touted as an improvement over the Sierra cups. You could buy a lid that mounted with a wire clip attached to the handle...operated like the lid on a beer stein.
I have a Coleman Peak 1 Sierra cup, no idea where I picked it up but I have had it a long time. The one I have is large enough to be useful as a bowl. I don't think I have ever tried to drink out of it other than soup broth.
The shape is ideal for scooping water out of a shallow stream, if you can find a stream you trust.
Lost my Rocky Cup years ago, nice to see one.
My Sierra Cup sits on the coffee table, gathering loose change... lt regales me with tales of the 1970's before it was forgotten and cast aside...sniff..
I'll side with the minority here in saying I love my sierra cup. Got mine maybe 30 years ago?
It just depends on how you use it. I see a lot of time here spent working on solo cook kits. In such a config, it's not the best fit. It's not really good as a cooking vessel and usually the most efficient solo kits let you use the same pieces to both cook and serve.
Then car camping, it doesn't really offer any advantage over the other piles of cookware and dinnerware one can easily haul along when cargo capacity isn't much of an issue.
But for backpacking in groups, it's excellent. In a group you will have group gear that's split up among its members (for carrying purposes) and individual gear, each person carrying their own set. So there will be a stove or two, pots and pans meant for cooking for the entire group as part of group gear. But those group meals, everybody doesn't eat out of the same pot. Part of each member's individual gear must include individual gear off of which to eat your portions of the group meals. But, said gear isn't needed for actual cooking, just eating.
Aside from utensils, typically you need a plate, a bowl, and a cup. You can carry all three. Or you can carry a sierra cup. Plate, bowl, cup, it can be used as any of them. And with it's hooked wire handle, you can hang it from the outside of your pack, keeping it handy and freeing up internal space.
So, as part of a group of backpackers trying to keep weight at a minimum and getting the most value from the kit you carry, doesn't it make sense to carry one lightweight piece over three more bulky items?
Get together a handful a friends, strap all your gear (including a sierra cup) on your backs, then go out on a trek for a few weeks. When it's over, after all that time of it being the sole vessel of your nourishment, I'll bet you'll have grown some affection for the thing. Speaking from firsthand experience. YMMV.
Oh, and coincidentally, two days ago I bought another one for my older daughter to use on our camping trip next week.
What? I can't believe everyone is hating on the humble sierra cup!
I just bought one and have been enjoying it because I wanted something more flexible than a standard mug, and that can be carried on my belt / person.
A sierra cup is basically a metal kuksa; a bowl, a plate, a fry-pan, and a cup all in one. You can boil water, make your oatmeal / soup / grits, make coffee/tea, or even fry up eggs or meat. What's not to love? Of course, it's not as good at being a mug as a mug, and it's not as good at being a fry pan as a fry pan, but its flexibility makes it really useful. Carry one with your mug, and have your oat meal and coffee together.
It's also great that it doesn't take up space inside your pack or haversack.
I do think the larger ones are better though. I got a smaller type and its capacity is a bit lacking. But, no big deal -- they come in all kinds of sizes.
All in all, I think it's a great thing to strap on your belt, especially for day hikes or scouting about. I'm thinking it would be good to always have with me along with a small canteen or waterbottle, a knife, a ferro rod, a and a military poncho.
it must be nice... or maybe scary to be reminded of the 70's ;-)
my dad had one just for drinking bourbon out of............i still have it bet ya cant guess what i use it for.
I'm gonna say, drinking bourbon out of...
The Rocky cup,... that's the larger one I also have.
And it arrived today. Turned out to be a jumbo, deeper / more capacity than my old one. That was unexpected.
Kuksat in plural if I am not mistaken.
The Sierra Cup was the cool backpacking drinking vessel back in the '80s and '90s according to my reckoning, but I had the Cascade Cup, steeper walled, measurement markings (up to 1 pt.), and a fold-away wire handle. Far superior. I still use mine almost 30 years on, now. Judging by my google searches, they were not super common.
Yup. I have the GSI as well. I really like it. I think of it more as a minimalist cook pot / bowl.
With the wide tapered sides, it will heat up water much quicker than a tall narrow pot, which is a big bonus for a day kit.