Early morning in camp is my favorite time. I’ve been taking prototypes of the Vertex Ultralight stove with me on hikes over the past year, and my favorite thing to do is crawl out of my tent on a cool morning at dawn, go down to the water’s edge at the lake, light up a fuel tablet in the stove and make some instant coffee. There is no hiss or shriek typical of a gas stove lighting up...just the silent flickering flame. I watch the fog roll off the water and the ducks don’t even move or care that I’m there. That explains a lot about my gear philosophy. Gear is a tool, not the attraction. I really hope you enjoy using this stove, but even more, I hope it allows you to have your own morning sunrise on the lake.
So...what’s going on with the project, you ask? I’m in the middle of designing the packaging. The mechanical part I’m good with, but I need help on the artwork. I’ve learned a long time ago to trust professionals to do what they’re good at. Right now, the package concept is just a thin tuck-top sleeve. When the stove is minimalist and packs flat, it would be a shame to ship it in a giant box. I hope to show you some pictures after the prototype packaging is complete. We’re on this ride together, and I thank you tremendously for your support!