There is nothing better than taking a climbing road trip, hitting the open road to great American climbing areas like Joshua Tree, Zion, Yosemite, and Acadia national parks. One of the persistent problems with camping on your road trip is dealing with cooking. If you're like me, you have a couple plastic bins filled with pots, pans, mugs, silverware, and dishes. After a couple days of camping, the bins are a mess. There is now, however, a solution to camp cookery problems and organization--the Grub Hub camp kitchen.
The Grub Hub is simply a portable camp kitchen where you can not only store all your cooking essentials but also have a cooking work space and countertop. The Grub Hub looks like a rolling suitcase, rather than a camp box. It's semi-soft design allows it to pack easily with lots of interior room to organize all those pots, pans, seasonings, dishes, and cooking implements.
The Grub Hub, weighing roughly 45 pounds when loaded, expands out with winged countertops, a central platform for a two-burner camp stove, a portable sink, and a telescoping tower to hold a lantern and water bag. It's easy to stake out for windy conditions.
When I was at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City in January 2012, inventor Joe Baughman from southwest Utah invented me to test drive a Grub Hub prototype for a few months. After Joe showed me how it worked in a parking garage, I loaded the Grub Hub in my truck and went for a few climbing road trips. It was perfect for a week of camping and climbing at Joshua Tree National Park last March.
Several climbers, walking back to camp in the evening, stopped by my campsite to marvel at the Grub Hub and ask where they could get one. I had to tell them that the Grub Hub would be available later in the year. They told me they definitely wanted one.
The Grub Hub is now on sale. Joe and Grub Hub USA was at the OR show last week in a booth, demonstrating the Grub Hub and placing dealer orders. He's been working on designing and perfecting the Grub Hub for the past eight years and he has improved it since I used it last spring.
I give two thumbs up and a high-five for the Grub Hub portable camp kitchen. I can't wait to get my own for this year's climbing road trips to the Tetons, Needles, Moab, and New England. I'll be writing a more complete review of the Grub Hub later this spring.
Photograph above: Brian Shelton with Front Range Climbing Company demonstrates the Grub Hub camp kitchen at Joshua Tree. Photograph © Stewart M. Green.