Tag: Aeropress

Camp Coffee Setup

I’ve been asked a few times now how I carry my coffee set up. It changes from time to time, but this is my core setup. I’m not gonna cover stoves because there are many ways to heat your water. I’ll do a separate post about stoves in the future.

My kit consists of an Aeropress, a Porlex grinder, mug and of course some beans. I keep the beans in a repurposed airtight canister from Teavana. It’s the perfect size for about 6-8 cups of coffee. Everything, except the mug, fits in side a Eagle Creek travel cube that I had. This makes it easy to grab and go when it’s time to head out.

I use a scale while at home, but when out and about I just eyeball the amount of beans in the grinder. I don’t always bring the Aeropress scoop, but I can get it pretty close. I also have the Porlex Travel Grinder which I prefer. The larger grinder is a little tougher to keep a firm grip on. The travel grinder has a silicone band that offers a good grip and keeps the grinder from spinning in your hand.

I always keep a metal filter with me. I use the metal filter at home everyday. When I’m out though, I tend to use the paper filters. It’s one less thing to clean. I don’t know that I can truly taste the difference between paper and metal filters. I don’t like the waste of the paper, but it’s a trade-off I’m usually willing to make.

What do you use? Leave a comment!

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Telescope Peak Day 2

Here is Day 2 of our trip out to Telescope Peak. Did you miss Day 1? Then click on over here and come back. See you then.

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Ready? Rad. The night before we prepped our bags. In typical Errin fashion I carried a ton of crap. My bag was heavier than it needed to be. Tons of water, Nutella, a dozen tortillas, four camera lenses, first aid kit, map, compass, jacket, rain shell and slingshot. That’s just the stuff I can remember. Toilet paper wasn’t on the list. Glad I didn’t need it. I justified it by calling it training for an upcoming trip through Yosemite. One thing is clear though, pedalin’ many miles a week does not equate walkin’ many miles a day with weight on your back. I was wrecked by the end. I was never winded or tired, just sore and achin’. Especially my dogs.

Sunrise on Rogers Peak

The hike up to Telescope Peak starts at Mahogany Flat campground, which is at about 8,100 feet on a ridge overlooking Badwater Basin. Since we arrived at night we didn’t get a chance to pick a campsite with a view. However, it was somewhat secluded so it ended up being a good score. The trail climbs 3,000 feet to Telescope Peak high above Badwater Basin to the east and Panamint Valley to the west.

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We woke up at 5:30 am with the plan of hittin’ the trail by 6:00am. I had to make coffee first, so we strolled out a little late, but it was worth it.

Mornin' Rituals

The trail climbs immediately and doesn’t stop for two miles. Then you have a mellow two miles with a slight downhill, and then a solid two mile climb to the peak. On the way back it’s all tough because it’s a two mile steep downhill, two mile climb and two more miles of downhill. The return was tougher in some ways.

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The hike was worth it though. The views were spectacular with Mt. Whitney just barely visible through the haze. Marcus is planning to hike Whitney soon so he was gauging his fitness. Me, I was just hangin’ on and enjoying the day.

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I packed a flask (Thanks Erik!) filled with some old Jack Daniels I had layin’ around. I’m not much of a drinker, but I thought it would be nice to enjoy a sip at the peak. A job well done kinda thing. Well, that stuff was some serious business and sent me reelin’. Of course, I had to take a couple more sips, you know, to work up a tolerance!

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What a great way to spend your day. Good company high on top of a mountain in Death Valley. It’s all downhill from here.

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Telescope Peak

These boots were bought in 1978 and still going strong.

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