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

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

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

Lantern Chimneys and Globes


There are a variety of Globes and Chimneys which leads people to collect them

As I’ve acquired more lanterns, I discovered that not all of the globes are original to the lantern. Some got broken and needed replacing . . . go figure. Most of the time I don’t care, however, for certain older models, I’d like to install what was original if reasonable, that is, an original type, because as the years go by there are Continue reading

Coleman 222B Lantern – Rebuild


222B Lantern, 1991 model

How many lanterns can I get? Well, since I already have a 222, 222A, 226 and 229, I figured I should get a 222B. Why not, if the right deal comes along? I picked up a 222B recently and like my other lanterns in the 222 series I tore it down right away. The newer liquid fuel lanterns, and by new I mean since the late 1970’s, use Continue reading

Coleman 400 Peak 1 Stove


A pair of 400 stoves (1980 and 1982)

I’ve used a Coleman Model 400A Peak 1 stove for most of my backpacking since 1987, but when I had an opportunity to get a 400 stove, the 400A’s predecessor, I thought I’d get it and see what makes it different. I found the stove locally with a Continue reading