A reliable camp stove can make all the difference on a backcountry trip, and a cup of hot soup, tea, or coffee makes you feel warmer on those cold summit days. In winter, the stove is also essential for melting snow to keep you hydrated. After decades of using a heavy stainless-steel cook set, I upgraded to titanium pots from Snow Peak. One of the best features of the Snow Peak GST-100A Stove is you can put your propane cartridge with the stove inside the pot, which saves room in your backpack. The stove, with a built-in piezo lighter, weighs only three ounces. The stove is made of titanium; it is light yet feels very sturdy. Every time I use it the quality and innovative features impress me. $75; snowpeak.com.