|Alder lined Bear Creek in the pre-dawn light|
|The Edelweiss Cookset|
From the parking area, proceed on foot up the paved road that goes west along the south bank of the West Fork of the San Gabriel River. Go west for about one mile. After about a mile, you should see this sign with an arrow on top pointing north across the river.
|Sign pointing to Bear Creek|
|Detail of arrow on sign pointing across the river to Bear Creek|
|West Fork of the San Gabriel River just below the bridge|
|Heading up Bear Creek|
|First Crossing, Bear Creek Trail|
|The cap of a Canyon Live Oak acorn|
|Final Creek Crossing en route to Lower Bear Trail Camp|
|Lower Bear Trail Camp just before sunrise|
|A campsite at Lower Bear Trail Camp|
|Rock carving at Lower Bear Trail Camp|
|Fire Can at Lower Bear Trail Camp|
|Detail of engraving on cookset lid|
|The lid of the Edelweiss cookset|
|The inside of the cookset's lid|
|The interior of the cookset|
|A Svea 123R stove|
|Detail of the engraving on the tank of a Svea 123R|
Well, if the engraving on the tank for both models is the same, how does one tell the two apart? There are several ways by which one can quickly distinguish the two versions. First, the valve on a Svea 123R protrudes from the burner column at a right angle. The valve on an original Svea 123 slants downward.
|The valve on a Svea 123R protrudes at a right angle.|
|The valve on a Svea 123R is slightly offset to the right|
|A typical Svea 123R regulating key is closed ended and has three fittings|
One more thing about the stove before we get back to the cookset: The tank cap. If you see a tank cap with a long extension like the one in the below photo, it's a pump compatible tank cap. Caps of this type are compatible with either an Optimus mini (straight) or midi (angled) pump. The pump allows one to add pressure to the stove which can help in getting the stove started in cold weather. The pump is optional; a Svea 123 or 123R will run just fine without a pump if you prime the stove well.
|A pump cap for a Svea 123 or 123R|
|The clip that secures a short Primus 71 in the stove base of an Edelweiss cookset|
The cookset's base has ventilation holes on one side.
|Ventilation holes in the Edelweiss cookset's base|
|Access port on the base of the Edelweiss cookset|
|The windscreen of the Edelweiss cookset|
|A Svea 123R stove in an Edelweiss cookset base|
|A Svea 123R's burner protrudes through the hole in the center of the Edelweiss cookset's windscreen|
|An Edleweiss cookset base and windscreen with a Svea 123R stove in place.|
|The small pot from an Edelweiss cookset|
The aluminum of the Edelweiss cookset seems a bit soft to me. I find that I can bend the pots etc. fairly easily. Note all the dents from the pot gripper in the photo below.
|Edelweiss cookset pot. Note dents from pot gripper.|
The whole set up looks like the photo below when everything is in place. I suppose it looks better to have the lid upright but frankly it's more practical in terms of using the pot gripper to use the lid upside down.
|A fully assembled Edelweiss cookset with one pot in place.|
If you look closely at the next photo, you can see the stove blazing away inside the cookset.
|The Edelweiss cookset in use. Note flames emanating from the stove.|
|Detail of flame|
|Passing the "tea test" with the Edelweiss cookset.|
Well, the sun is now fully up (compare the light in the below photo to the light in the first photo of trail camp) and climbing higher.
|A sun lit Lower Bear Trail Camp|
|Fly fishing on the West Fork of the San Gabriel River|