Coleman 290 Powerhouse Lantern


Coleman 290 Powerhouse lantern

In my previous post about the Coleman 290A lantern that I bought back in 1987, I mentioned that I wondered about what made it different form the Coleman 290. When I thought more about it, I wondered if a long-time friend who I suspected had a similar lantern might have a 290 just waiting for me to fix it up. Well, it turns out Continue reading

Coleman 290A Powerhouse Lantern


My first lantern and stove

Way back in the 1980’s, after my wife and I got married, we decided to go backpacking. At the time we lived in southern California and decided to go to the San Jacinto Wilderness by way of the tram in Palm Springs. I didn’t know much about backpacking and when I went shopping I figured I’d need a stove and a lantern. I picked out a Coleman model 400A Peak 1 stove, and although it seems silly Continue reading

Coleman 275A Lantern


This week I picked up another Coleman 275A lantern along with a 1967 AFM MilSpec lantern from a local seller. It was an odd purchase because I responded to an ad showing a photo of a MilSpec box, but when I got there the seller Continue reading

Rio Grande NF – Exploring


A couple of squirrels in the Cathedral Camp Ground

Last weekend, July 10-12, we took a driving trip down to the Rio Grande National Forest in Colorado, specifically, in the area north of US-160 to Pool Table Road and east-west between CO-145 and US-285. I wanted to check out the area for quite some time as I’ve driven past the area many times. It was an interesting trip with Continue reading

Snowy Range, Wyoming


Walking along the closed road at Mirror Lake

Last weekend we took a short overnight trip to Wyoming’s Snowy Range. I posted about this place previously as we traveled through it on our way back from floats on the North Platte River. This always seemed like an unusual place for Continue reading

Brush Creek Lakes – Father’s Day 2020


What’s this coming up the trail? The 1991 Jeep Cherokee I bought back in 1991!

Hiking, fishing, forests, fresh mountain air, and mountain peaks . . . it’s a nice time to go backpacking. Since my first outing two weeks ago was after a long stagnant last couple of months, due to virus restrictions, I was curious to see if my lung capacity got better, making backpacking at altitude a little easier. It was Father’s Day weekend and all three of my sons Continue reading

Comanche Lake, 2020


Well, June is here and it would typically be a little early for backpacking, but this year there were no sudden spring storms to dump a lot of snow. So, after a late night fishing trip at Eleven-mile Reservoir south of Lake George, Colorado where Continue reading

Snowshoeing Florissant Fossil Beds


It’s February, it snowed yesterday and it’s a bluebird day. Time to go snowshoeing! We’d been watching the weather forecasts all week and while the forecast for the amount of snow was wrong (we got twice as much as predicted) it was a major bonus. Lisa and I had a half-dozen destinations in mind, but had trouble deciding where to go. As we passed through Woodland Park we finally made up our mind Continue reading

Sangre de Cristo Mountains – In Winter


A view of the Sangre de Cristo mountains approaching from the east.

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you already know that the Sangre de Cristo Mountains are my favorite nearby destination for summer backpacking. When winter arrives I’m typically heading for other mountain destinations or out to the plains for pheasant hunting, however, I’ve been wanting to visit the Sangre de Cristos during Continue reading

Coleman 519 Radiant Heater


Coleman Canada 519 Heater (left) and 576 Peak 1 stove (right)

Some months ago, I was looking around the web at GPA’s when I came across a photo of a Coleman Radiant heater. I had never seen one like this before, but it seemed relatively small. It was painted that Coleman-Canada light green similar to my 576 stove so I guessed that it must have been made somewhere between the mid-1970’s to mid-1980’s. I searched for one for sale, but couldn’t find one, and sold listings Continue reading