Celebrating 100 years of hot drinks in the outdoors

Outdoor Adventure (Unique lifestyle/travel/personal experience)
Celebrating 100 years of hot drinks in the outdoors

After spending hours on the trail drinking water and eating cold avocados, there's not a whole lot that can comfort the soul like a hot soup, chili or drink. But even when you've chosen your campsite, unpacked your camping gear and pitched your tent, there's still the task of building a fire to get your beverage good and hot. Even a camping stove requires a little fiddling and a slow cook time.

But if you're carrying a thermos along with you, all you have to do is pop the top and pour. And who do we have to thank for these instant hot soups? Well, William Stanley Jr., of course.

This year, EMS is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the rugged, durable thermos, which was developed in 1913 and proved that stainless steel could be used in place of glass – not the best thing to throw in your pack – to retain heat. Before Stanley's thermos, glass was used as the inner wall of a double-wall construction, in which a vacuum layer between the two materials prevented heat from escaping through either conduction or convection.

By creating an all-stainless steel thermos, Stanley did away with dangerous implosions that shattered the inner glass, which were known to happen from simple bumps. Fast forward 100 years, and thermoses are even more advanced, sleek in design and can fit easily into hiking backpacks, ready for use whenever you need them.

Paying homage to Stanley, EMS has released the Stanley 100th Anniversary Vacuum Thermos, a limited edition item that features all the same great properties that made it famous in the first place. The Army green color, the eight-ounce cup/lid, the durable construction – it's all there.

So if you want a hot beverage at a cold campsite, pick up a Stanley – or any of the other great thermoses that are out there – and hit the trails. 

Chris Davis


Although Christopher Dodge Davis grew up wrangling the copperheads of the East Texas woods, he's now made Boston his new home, and is determined to conquer the peaks of the East. Since moving, he's enjoyed hiking any trail within a weekend's drive, bouldering in the New Hampshire woods and backpacking sections of the AT, the Long Trail and other must-do hikes. Armed with a degree in English, you'll often find him sitting atop a peak, pencil in hand, unabashedly trying to channel the likes of Thoreau and other long-winded New Englanders.