The Astro Compass

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Let’s say you’re hiking in the woods, it’s 4pm, and you don’t have a compass or a GPS but want to know which way is north. You could use the analog watch method where you point the hour hand at the sun and bisect the angle between the hour hand and the 12-o’clock mark on the watch to find north and since it’s afternoon you   Continue reading

Scouting for the August Eclipse in . . . Wyoming

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This last weekend I joined some other guys on a scouting trip in Wyoming. A full solar eclipse will be over the US this August and not all that far from Colorado, so they wanted to go and have a look around to see what we might do for accommodations. As it is, all of the hotels and state park campsites are already booked, so the   Continue reading

Ayers Natural Bridge Park, Wyoming

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I took a trip with some friends this last weekend (April 22nd/23rd) up to Wyoming to scout some areas for the upcoming solar eclipse. While there we stopped at Ayres Natural Bridge Park which is northwest of Glendo. You can get there via Interstate Highway 25 (I-25) and exit 151. The park is not very large, but it wasn’t very busy, so it was quite pleasant.

It has a very classic looking natural arch or bridge. La Prele Creek runs right under it and had it been warmer,   Continue reading

M-1942 MOD – Minimal Effort to Blue Flame

M-1942 MOD Stove Outdoors

A 1944, M-1942 MOD Stove

 

Fettle – When used as a verb, “I am going to fettle this stove”, means to set in order, get ready.

So, you’ve got yourself an old stove and you’re thinking, “Let’s see if it works!” after all, if you don’t fire it up how will you know if there’s something wrong with it, right? Well, that would be one dangerous way to discover that the 70 year-old fuel cap gasket or valve stem graphite packing doesn’t seal so well and after you light it you discover, to your surprise, that   Continue reading

Buying an M-1942 Stove

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Here’s a 1945 Prentiss Wabers M-1942 MOD stove as I bought it (left) and after cleaning it up (right)

Last spring, I bought a 1945 Prentiss Wabers M-1942 MOD for $18 at an antique mall. I took it home, cleaned it up, and it works well. This year (2017), I watched a 1943, Aladdin M-1942 wheel stove sell on ebay for $530. Why the big difference?

Well, before we get started, let me say that the market (the buyer and seller) determines the price of an item, which is especially true in the used item market. So, my purpose behind writing this blog is to share observations   Continue reading

The M-1942 “Mountain Stove”

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M-1942 MOD

In November 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Finland in what is known as the Winter War . The battle lasted just over 3 months and ended with the Moscow Peace Treaty in March of 1940. The Soviet forces greatly outnumbered the Finnish military in soldiers, aircraft and tanks, however, their losses were more than 5 times greater. Many around the globe took notice of the Finn’s guerrilla tactics, using ski troopers on cross-country skis and wearing white capes as camouflage. It is also interesting   Continue reading

Snowshoeing Old Monarch Pass

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Back on December 29th, 2016 (6 weeks ago . . . already!), some family visitors wanted to ski and snowboard at Monarch Mountain Ski and Snowboard Area, but Lisa and I wanted to go snowshoeing instead. So, while they hit the slopes, we drove a little further up the highway towards Monarch Pass to the parking area and   Continue reading