Sleeping Pads – Backpacking

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I began backpacking in 1987 on a trip with my wife in the San Jacinto Wilderness in California. This was the trip where, prior to going, I bought my Coleman 400A Peak 1 camp stove which I still use today and my Coleman 290 Powerhouse lantern which I also still use. Believe it or not, I carried a full size lantern in my backpack on that trip. I’ve learned a lot since then. Somewhere around Continue reading

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Macey Lakes – Backpacking, 2019

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Ahhh . . . Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Sometimes, I daydream about hiking there. If you’ve read my previous blog posts about backpacking you know that I like to go there more than other places. Typically, due to past trips early in June, we don’t go backpacking until at least the third week of June because there is snow above 10,000 feet and the lakes can still be icy, but when the boys asked me to go backpacking on Father’s Day weekend I knew I must live up to my own maxim of “Don’t let the weather run your life.” It’s been a snowy winter and spring in Colorado Continue reading

Coleman Quick-Lite Lamp

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Early in the summer of 2018 I was strolling through one of those antique/garage sale malls when I came across an old Coleman Quick-Lite lamp. I was completely unfamiliar with these old table lamps, and while I was hesitant to delve into another type of Gas Pressure Appliance (GPA), it seemed interesting and perhaps more attractive to have inside the house. This lamp didn’t have a glass lamp shade Continue reading

Coleman 226 Backpacking Lantern

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Coleman backpacking lanterns. Being a backpacker and a little wary of packing anything I think I don’t need I’ve haven’t thought too much about these little appliances. I bought that Coleman 222A Peak 1 lantern a while back and it complemented my Peak 1 400A stove so I thought it was a nice addition. Some months later I spotted a similar design lantern by Coleman designated 229 locally and had my son pick it up for me. Then, I found another one and finally this 226 at a Continue reading

Hunting Wrap-up, 2018-2019

The seasons of autumn and winter are the times of year I go hunting. Here is a summary of this year’s hunts.

High Country Deer Hunt – Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Colorado

In Colorado there are some areas where you can hunt deer with a center-fire rifle in early September. This is the same time of year archery hunters and Continue reading

Carbide Miners Lamp

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Some months ago, a fellow blogger and co-worker bought a few carbide lamps. These are the lamps historically worn on the hats of miners and cavers/cave explorers. There are no batteries, bulbs or LEDs, and no kerosene or fragile mantles. The carbide miners lamp runs on acetylene gas. However, instead of a compressed Continue reading

Coleman 275 Lantern

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The Coleman 275, 2-mantle lantern. Some people love them, while others hate them. Due to the wide ventilator I consider the 228 lantern, which was produced from 1928 to 1978, to be the predecessor to the 275. The International Coleman Collectors Club (ICCC) website shows 275 production dates of 1976-1979 and the 275A 1980-1983, so the 275 was made for only 8 years. It’s brown, though this wasn’t the first time Coleman painted their appliances brown, but compared to the various greens, reds, Continue reading