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 Cartridge Stove at high elevation. 
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 Cartridge Stove at high elevation.
I currently use an MSR Whisperlite out west but lets be honest, they can be a pain with priming and such. Has anyone ever used a Pocket Rocket or similar cartridge stove in the Rockys or Sierras. I'm curious how they work at 10-12000 feet. Are they still efficient?


Sat Aug 13, 2011 5:14 pm
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You sure can use them! I believe you will lose some fuel efficiency, but nothing rediculous. Also, depending on when you go, if it is going to get really cold you may want to sleep with the canister you intend to use in your sleeping bag. The cold air will also reduce efficiency (and I can't remember but you may also have trouble getting cold fuel to light). But again, overall you should not have too many problems. If you are planning your fuel use out real close you may want to consider th drop in efficiency to make sure you have enough, but if you plan on bringing an extra canister more than planned you will probably do just fine.

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Sat Aug 13, 2011 9:04 pm
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The cold is much more of a problem than the altitude. In fact, i've been told that the higher you go at the same tempature the better they work. The problem is that in hiking higher translates to colder.


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These are good references.

http://zenstoves.net/Canister.htm#Fuels

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/canister_stove_faq.html

I use a white gas stove in the winter, a SVEA 123R. Heavy but very reliable.

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Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:44 am
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I talked to someone that hiked Colorado and John Muir Trails and they boasted about it too. I think I'm sold.


Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:15 am
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