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So what's in your thermos?

So what's in your thermos?

Postby thegranger » Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:16 pm

Was up Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas yesterday. Cracking day for it, but the wind chill had me shivering on the summits with my thoughts turning to the purchase of a wee thermos. So not being a tea or coffee drinker, I'm keen to hear what other folk fill theirs up with.
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Re: So what's in your thermos?

Postby Sgurr » Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:18 pm

Hot water, and take Cup-a-Soup. I know it tastes revolting at home, but somehow it's really tasty on the hill. Also take the wee packets of coffee. You can also get drinkiing chocolate from the same people Used to remove them from B & Bs but now get our own off the internet. Then it stops you having to deep clean your thermos to get soupy bits of carrot out.

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Re: So what's in your thermos?

Postby jmarkb » Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:40 pm

My favourite is Bottlegreen Spiced Berry Cordial, but it looks like they may have stopped making it :(
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Re: So what's in your thermos?

Postby Mal Grey » Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:05 pm

In winter, tomato soup with a dash of Lee & Perrins is the usual.

In summer, flask is substituted for an energy drink to supplement the water I carry whatever the season.

If its an overnight trip, its just possible that there will be some water of life lurking somewhere in the bag, decanted into a plastic bottle or bladder thing.
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Re: So what's in your thermos?

Postby Caberfeidh » Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:21 am

Plastic flasks should be avoided as they break too easily. Tesco's do a good steel thermos, 1 litre for much cheapness. Just put hot water in the flask, as soup or whatever else will stain and contaminate the inside. I take cup-a-soups ( as said previously by Sgurr, they are somehow attractive when out in the hills) and Oxo cubes make a good Bovril-style hot beefy drink. Remember a wee plastic spoon to stir it. Hot chocolate sachets again from Tesco's (four for a pound). Isotonic drinks powders can also make a nice hot drink. I find tea and coffee too much of a guddle. You could invest in a meths burner and billy can to save carrying hot water, but then you have to carry fuel so it's swings and roundabouts, innit??
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Re: So what's in your thermos?

Postby Lightfoot2017 » Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:56 am

Cadburys hot chocolate. Has to be HOT, made with full fat milk and LOTS of sugar. :D

If there's a more satisfying drink on a hill on a cold dreich day, I don't know what it is. :D :wink:
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Re: So what's in your thermos?

Postby Sgurr » Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:43 pm

When I forget the plastic spoon to stir it (Caberfeidh) it is always possible to fold the packet into a thin stout strip and stir it with that, however it does contaminate my sandwich pack, which then has to be washed when I get home.
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Re: So what's in your thermos?

Postby Phil the Hill » Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:21 pm

My favourite was a triple shot gingerbread latte from the cafe in Braemar, which went down very nicely at Derry Lodge and on the summit of Beinn Bhreac in a passing hailstorm (in summer).

If it's soup, I usually go for Heinz cream of tomato. Cup a soups I use more with a stove, usually cooked up out of the wind in a bothy before the walk out. The Ainsley Harriott ones are good - especially the hot & sour.
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Re: So what's in your thermos?

Postby mynthdd2 » Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:22 pm

problem with all the yummy stuff listed so far is cleaning the flask afterwards - so its hot ginger and lemon tea for me
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Re: So what's in your thermos?

Postby Mojocat » Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:37 pm

Camomile and spearmint tea, refreshing, reviving and thirst quenching, keeps well in the flask too. Also easy to clean the flask afterwards. We use Higear 500ml stainless steel flasks, £5 from Go Outdoors, each carry our own to spread the load. Make sure you get one with a screw top, the spring loaded pop top ones always seem to leak, or fall apart.
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Re: So what's in your thermos?

Postby Fiona Reid » Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:56 pm

Hot ribenna in winter (don't bother with the flask the rest of the year) but the sugar tax means it's now full of sweeteners so might be some of the Polish cordial for this winter.
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Re: So what's in your thermos?

Postby davekeiller » Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:57 pm

Hot squash.
Has the advantage that if you're in a group, then almost everyone will drink it (I'm a confirmed coffee drinker and don't touch tea). It's also relatively easy to clean the flask out afterwards.
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Re: So what's in your thermos?

Postby arjh » Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:28 pm

Hot chocolate. If possible, with a dash of Arran Gold.
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Re: So what's in your thermos?

Postby Morecambe Monkey » Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:52 pm

Usually take hot Vimto or Ribena. It's not seen the light of day since last Winter so there's probably just mould in it at the moment. :lol:
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Re: So what's in your thermos?

Postby Alteknacker » Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:52 pm

I just drink burn water throughout the year.

My son, though, is into luxury. He takes a jetboil and cooks up proper coffee. I have to admit, it's rather nice (when someone else does it!!!)

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