Long Trail Day 2019

Optimus No 8
Optimus No 8

Optimus No. 8

This is a vintage, pre-WWII, alcohol burning camping stove which is alternately described as "utterly reliable" and "very heavy."

What it isn't is fast.  Unlike a modern blowtorch pretending to be a backpacking stove the Optimus No 8 can bring a pot of water to a boil in 15 minutes on a good day.

Usually at least 20.

Sometimes 30.

Speed is not the strong suit of the Optimus No 8.  

No, this is a stove built for wandering, for poking along, perhaps with a purpose, but more often, not.  It is for pausing and making civilized cups of tea.

It isn't the stove of a hiker, it's a rambler's stove.

Team Optimus No 8 will be meandering from Jay Pass to Hazen Notch with a deplorable lack of ambition or speed, but with tea, and biscuits.

If you'd care to join us, we'll upgrade to tea cakes.

All are welcome, but if we have a goal, it is to set a land speed record in leisurely.

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