Lakes of the Clouds – Backpacking, 2019

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I backpacked to Lakes of the Clouds this weekend for a one night stay with my son Luke. It was pretty hot, and I felt more tired than usual. This hike is pretty rocky and there are some nice level sections, but that only means you pay for it with Continue reading

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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

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 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

Cherry Lake – Backpacking, Hunting

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High up in the Sange de Cristo Range, Colorado

2018 – Friday, August 31st – Luke and I drove down to the Wild Cherry Creek trailhead which is on the western side of Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains. Our plan was to backpack most of the way to Cherry Lake, set up camp, and continue hiking for an above timberline deer hunt. Luke had the tag and I was along for support. We arrived at the trailhead around 11pm. I covered 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

Coleman 222A Peak 1 Lantern

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Recently, I picked up a Coleman 222A lantern. It was made 1 month before my trusty 400A backpacking stove which I’ve been using since I bought it new back in 1987. When it arrived, I looked it over and it was in excellent condition, especially considering it is 30 years old. I tied on a mantle, turned it to ash, added fuel and it lit right up. After a minute or so I saw fuel leaking around the valve, so I  Continue reading