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Camp kitchen basic equipment.

Unless you're going ultralight—cooking and eating out of a mug—you're going to want to make the Cascade Designs Alpinist 2 Pot an integral part of your backcountry trekking gear. This versatile 2.4-liter pot is crafted from hard anodized aluminum, which is strong, light, and disperses heat more efficiently than titanium; a non-stick interior surfaces means you’re spending less time cleaning and more time enjoying the campfire. The pot’s lightweight lid doubles as a strainer, and it can be locked into place when you’re under way with the removable Talon pot handle, which flips down when it’s time to get busy over the stove.

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Nice pot for more than two people

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Just like the smaller version, it's light and the locking handle is a nice feature. I only take this pot if I have more than two people in the group or we're melting snow.


Great pot...hey wait a sec!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

This is a wonderful piece of equipment zero issues, markings on the inside help with measurements, I love that the lid has drain holes. The handle lock is a little squirrelly as first. Goat soup ready in a jiff!

Great pot...hey wait a sec!

Will the whisperlite international fit in...

Will the whisperlite international fit in this pot

This pot is wide enough for your whisperlite, this a 2.4 l pot. Lots of cooking capacity.


Awesome little pot

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I got this pot in a set with plates and cups. I love the handle it just pops right off for easy cleaning and also acts as a lid lock when in storage or in your backpack. Works great even with mac n cheese!

Am curious about the non-stick coating....

Am curious about the non-stick coating. Is it a teflon type of stuff that scratches off or is it actually hard anodzing on he interior of the pot? I'm not a fan of consuming teflon or direct contact of bare aluminum with my grub when the coating scratches off.

Best Answer

It is a Teflon type material but as long as you do not scratch it with metal cook wear, it is pretty durable. The pots we have in MSR that we have used plastic spoons and spatulas with are holding up fine going on 5 years.

Like Karl says, it's all going to be a matter of the utensils you use and the care you take...metal utensils, scouring pads...your finish is toast...quickly. The coating is pretty tough, but it can only take so much. Armed with this in mind, you'll get years and years out of these pots. Happy cooking.

tea time with the MSR Alpinist

tea time with the MSR Alpinist

Boiling water for tea at sundown on Mt. Whitney


Dank Pot

    Great pot. Picked this sucker up on steep & cheep and have loved it ever since. Boils water/melts snow quick at altitude, has a strainer in the lid for pasta. Simple, light. Fits a ton of stuff on the inside and snaps shut. The handle is also sturdy and stays cool.