After returning to our camp, we spent a few more minutes observing the crashing waves replenishing some small tidal pools on the rocks below our tents, then returned to prepare dinner as sunset approached. It was time to get our new Sterno stove to show its awesome performance!
Another Rainbow, another shower
A bit of fumbling with our new portable Sterno stove and I had it unfolded into a simple box-like shape. When deployed, the stove has a swinging door that allows a burning can of Sterno to be placed within. It took a few tries to light the purply-goop inside the can - goop that smelled suspiciously like hand sanitizer. Eventually the stuff caught fire with a faint crackling sound and a ghostly purple flame. We put it in the metal stove box and placed a pot of water on top. Start timer!
Putting Sterno to the test
It was a good thing that the sky was clear and there was a pretty line of planets and the moon to watch, because a good fifteen minutes passed before we even had steaming bubbles in the pot. At around twenty minutes, we called it quits. That was about as hot as the water was going to get. Given that we were exclusively using the water for dehydrated pre-cooked camp meals, we were ok. But we wondered about the performance at our next campsite, at 6,500 feet on the slopes of Haleakala. Higher altitude operation meant there was even more of a challenge to getting the water heated up, and if the performance was barely marginal here at sea level, how would it be up there?
After dinner, we reviewed our plans for the first day of our three-day climb. With a full load on our backs and with the highest altitude gain, our first day was going to be our most challenging of the three. We wanted a nice, early start so that we could proceed at a relatively relaxed pace.
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