Mt. Evans – August 2018

MtEvans Observatory

View from atop Mt. Evans of the observatory and observation deck

 

Last weekend Lisa and I joined Joshua and Cory and Luke on a trip to Mt Evans, one of the Colorado fourteeners which can be driven to the summit. However, we didn’t drive to the top, but instead hiked from a parking lot at Summit Lake. This would be Continue reading

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Colorado River – Kayaking – 2018

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Earlier in the year us river rats discussed floating the Yampa and the Gunnison rivers. But, as the Colorado spring remained fairly dry, and work and personal schedules made June trips difficult, it became clear that those rivers just weren’t going to work for us this year.  So, we headed back out to the Colorado River for a float through the Ruby-Horsethief Canyons section, west of Fruita, Colorado.

We arrived on a hot, August, Saturday evening, stopping for dinner at El Tapatio restaurant just off of I-70 at Exit 19. This is very convenient as it is right across the road from James M. Robb State Park which is where most of us were camping for Continue reading

Antero Reservoir, Colorado

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I’ve driven US 24 from Hartsel to Johnson Village in Colorado far more times than I can remember and have always driven past the entrances to Antero Reservoir . I’ve heard various stories over the years, like it went dry, it was open again, it was drained to fix the dam, etc. Well, it’s open again and I put it on my list of places to take the kayaks. There is a North Entrance which has a boat ramp and Continue reading

Aida Express 1500 Lantern

Completed Aida lantern

I was walking through one of those antique malls a few weeks ago, looking around for old stoves and lanterns when I came across a tall beast of a lantern. I picked it up and was surprised. It was and Aida. I thought to myself, “What is an Aida?”. It appeared to be complete, but it had some unusual knobs and fittings which were unfamiliar to me. So, I put it back down, snapped a photo and Continue reading

Lakes of the Clouds – June 2018

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View of the lower lake at Lakes of the Clouds

The first backpacking trip of the summer. I always wonder how I’ll do. Will I be wiped out half way there or will I be hiking in pouring rain? This summer’s first trip was to Lakes of the Clouds in in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range of Colorado, our favorite place to go. My oldest boys Joshua and Luke and co-worker Troy and I headed out Continue reading

Thommen Classic Altimeter

Thommen TX16 set

Thommen TX-16

Back in 2000 a small local outdoor store called Grand West Outfitters was going out of business. I thought it was the best outdoor store in town and was sorry to see it go, however, during the “going out of business” sales I bought a variety of equipment, at deeply discounted prices, which I still use today. One of the items I bought which I don’t use much anymore was a Thommen Classic altimeter.

The Thommen Classic Altimeter Plus Barometer is an aneroid type. If you’ve ever traveled from a low elevation to a higher elevation with something Continue reading

Coleman Exponent 445A Stove

445A Stove

Coleman Exponent 445A Stove

A couple of years ago I saw a good condition Coleman Exponent 445A stove on Craigslist for a pretty low price. At that time, all of my single burner stoves had permanently attached fuel tanks, so I was curious about this type of stove with the separate tank and I bought it. I read through the start-up instructions, configured the fuel tube per the instructions and gave it a go. It lit right up and all seemed fine.

The next weekend I took it along on a camping/kayaking trip to use outdoors on the campground picnic table.  I used it for dinner and all went well. When I was done I put it away for the night. The following morning I planned Continue reading