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 →
Wildflowers along trail between Music Pass and Upper Sand Creek Lake
One nice and relatively easy backpacking trip is the one to either of the Sand Creek Lakes in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains when approached from Music pass. You will likely want a 4×4 to get to the trail-head as the road can get pretty rough in spots. We went the weekend of June 24th/25th, arriving at the trailhead on Continue reading →
My two older sons planned a backpacking trip for this summer to Macey Lakes and I was invited along. We were there together a few years ago and I was there last summer but it’s become a favorite spot. The hiking distance from the Horn Creek trailhead/parking area to the lower lake is longer than other trails nearby and I think the distance Continue reading →
Several months ago I was looking at an old single-burner stove on ebay (no surprise, right?) and in one of those little photos which slide along the bottom of the screen I noticed a peculiar looking item. It kind of looked like a compass, but more intricate. I clicked on the item, which was listed under the title M2 Artillery Compass, to get a closer look.
I just realized that, much to my surprise, I have not posted about my previous Macey Lakes trips. I was last there several years ago with Joshua and Luke. Prior to that we backpacked in there in June and the area still had plenty of snow, so we always camped lower, about a mile from the lower lake.
Joshua and Luke on the previous trip to Macey Lakes
This weekend Jeff and Troy and I backpacked to lower Macey Lake and hiked to, and fished, the two upper lakes. This is a 6 mile trek which took 4 hours to hike in and 2-1/2 hours to hike out. I wanted to drive since Continue reading →
Summer is in full swing, so we know it’s time to go backpacking. It’s always a lot of work, however, once I’m out there I remember why I like going so much, and then wonder why I don’t go more often. Jeff and I had a short conversation about a trip for the weekend while playing the weekly street hockey game on Wednesday. We decided to head out after work on Friday. Venable Lakes seemed like a good choice.
Arriving at the Comanche/Venable Trailhead around 8PM, we hiked up the trail to camp in the nearby forest (camping is not allowed at the parking area). That way, in the morning, we could return to parking area to pick up our items left in the cooler.
Our low-elevation, evening camp not too far from the Comanche/Venable parking area
I had planned to go kayaking today but I woke up with a headache this morning. While waiting for it to go away I decided to gather up my stoves up for a photo. I began buying them last summer and worked on them this winter. Today is a 70 degree, sunny mid-March day, so, why not. I will also add that all but one are in functional condition and I’ve been using them on camping and hiking trips.
First up are my 1941 American (AGM), two Coleman 520s and 530 stoves. The 1944, brass tank Coleman still needs to be reassembled but the others are complete. Note that the nickel-plated brass stove on the right is Coleman’s post-war “GI Pocket Stove” version of the WWII stove (it wasn’t used by the military, nor would that thing fit in any of my pockets). The nickel finish was also present on their original 1941 stove for the military. In 1942 they moved to painted steel tanks.
Left to right, AGM 1941, 1943 Coleman 520, 1944 Coleman 520, 1946 (B46) Coleman 530
Next up are the Prentiss-Waber M1942 stoves, both made in 1945. Some people call these the Mountain Stove as it was used by the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division in WWII. Many people comment that this was the best single-burner stove. I’m not completely sure I agree as I have Continue reading →