Coleman 400 Peak 1 Stove

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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

Coleman Model 2 Stove – Generator

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1925 Coleman Model 2 Generator

You may have seen some of my previous posts where I was using my Coleman Model 2 stove made between 1924 and 1926. I took it to Wyoming for the Solar Eclipse and on other camping trips the first summer I bought it. I like using this old stove, however, earlier this summer after using it and while 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

Ranging Rangematic 1000

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Rangematic 1000 with Brunton Pocket Transit

As mentioned in an earlier post on The Pocket Transit , I began looking for ways to estimate distance for the purpose of calculating the height of objects, like trees, buildings, cliffs, etc. Recall that if I could estimate the distance to the object and then determine the angle to the top I could use the tangent or sine, depending on   Continue reading