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 →
Just before my birthday this year, a long-time friend stopped by with a gift. It was a 1930’s Wards Gasoline Hot Plate, Model D-67. This is a type of stove not typically used for camping and is sometimes referred to as a Cabin Stove. It’s not portable like a typical suitcase stove, but it’s not large like a range stove either. Immediately, I thought I might take it on a hunting trip, but upon Continue reading →
Back in 2000 a small local outdoor store called Grand West Outfitters was going out of business. I thought it was the best outdoor store in town and was sorry to see it go, however, during the “going out of business” sales I bought a variety of equipment, at deeply discounted prices, which I still use today. One of the items I bought which I don’t use much anymore was a Thommen Classic altimeter.
The Thommen Classic Altimeter Plus Barometer is an aneroid type. If you’ve ever traveled from a low elevation to a higher elevation with something Continue reading →
Fettle – When used as a verb, “I am going to fettle this stove”, means to set in order, get ready.
So, you’ve got yourself an old stove and you’re thinking, “Let’s see if it works!” after all, if you don’t fire it up how will you know if there’s something wrong with it, right? Well, that would be one dangerous way to discover that the 70 year-old fuel cap gasket or valve stem graphite packing doesn’t seal so well and after you light it you discover, to your surprise, that Continue reading →
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 →