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Eric Blumensaadt (Danepacker) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Mojave Desert
About Me Retired H.S. teacher, 10 yr. Nat'l Nordic Ski Patroller, fmr. XC racer, Army ROTC winter survival instructor, hunter, backpacker, former ACA moving water canoeing instructor, sea kayaker.
FINALLY have become a lightweight (not UL)backpacker.

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All Forum Posts by Eric Blumensaadt

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Toughest - me or the pack?
Dale, I hope I don't have to hike far for a water source/flat spot to camp. Owen, I'm carrying winter clothes, 10X laser range finding binoculars, daypack, meat bags, gutting &am...

In GEAR » OK, we'll see how tough an Osprey EXOs is
October 10, 12:31am

Doen jacket W/ Megalite
Jessie, it's the EB light jacket you see in my avatar photo.

In GEAR » Megalite, or Ultralight?
October 09, 8:29pm

The Dana Design TERRAPLANE Lives!
I have a Dana Design Terraplane - AND the optional side pockets if you're really masochistic. It's green and black and 7 1/2 lbs. W/O the optional side pockets. It's used for winter...

In GEAR » Anyone remember the Dana Design "BombPack"
October 09, 8:26pm

Extra side stake loop
If'n it were me, a former Contrail owner, I'd put an extra stake loop on each side of the fly towards the foot of the tent. That would really help nail it down better and keep the fly from ...

In GEAR » Tarptent Protrail
October 09, 8:22pm

OK, we'll see how tough an Osprey EXOs is
Tomorrow I head for northern Nevada on a hunting trip, leaving my pistol-packing Mama behind. I'll be using my Osprey EXOS 58 with side pockets and a front pouch on the shoulder straps lower...

In GEAR » OK, we'll see how tough an Osprey EXOs is
October 09, 8:17pm

Netting inner tents & dust
OP, you may want to go with the "solid" inner tent. My original TT Moment single wall tent had a mesh perimeter all around the tub floor and a mesh wall on the door side. In Utah wind wo...

In GEAR » tarptent notch?
October 09, 7:59pm

Megalite - overstuffed
I got a Megalite for its "shoulder room". I'm 5' 10" and have wide shoulders. But it's roomy enough for adding a puffy jacket and pants to get down to the single digits. ...

In GEAR » Megalite, or Ultralight?
October 08, 8:50pm

Don't confront, REPORT!
Report this behavior whenever you can and try to get photos of the culprits in a "stealthy-friendly" way. As stated earlier, these people, clueless or not, are criminals, ESPECIALLY in th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Did you have an illegal campfire this weekend or recently?
September 27, 1:34pm

Double Wall Tents
I sold my single wall TT Moment and got the Moment DW with the "partial" ripstop inner. (i.e. netting vents in the top of the inner.) After getting wind-blown fine dust inside several ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tips to keep face warm in a Tarp Tent
September 27, 1:29pm

An Alternative to GTX sox
I use light, seam sealed neoprene closed cell diver's sox for warmth inside my Merrill Moab GTX mid boots. But - and this is why I post this here - they work quite well in my non-GTX Moab lo...

In GEAR » Goretex socks for shoulder season worth it?
September 27, 1:18pm

All Reader Reviews by Eric Blumensaadt

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Trail designs SideWinder
The Trail Designs Sidewinder is an "alternative" fuel stove that is a 3 fuel stove. I.e. it can burn alcohol, ESBIT tablets or wood. What's more it is highly efficient at all of these...

In Cookware - Other
June 18, 1:41am

Trail Designs SideWinder for AGG 2qt pot
My 3 cup Open Country pot is the perfect size for solo camping. It fits in the Sidewinder ti stove and using ESBIT with a modified Gram Cracker tablet holder (BGET) IMHO this is the perfect size sto...

In Stoves - Other
June 08, 2:06am

Tarptent Scarp 2
I purchased the Scarp 2 SPECIFICALLY for 4 season use. I knew I would modifiy it for winter use when I purchased it. The Scarp 2 is my 3rd Tarptent, following a Contrail and Moment SW. Like them it...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
November 02, 8:09pm

Allen and Mike's Backcountry Ski Book
"Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book" is the very best book on teh eop I have ever read - and I've read most of them in the last 40 years of backcountry skiing and ca...

In Books and Media
October 24, 8:01pm

REI Kimtah
Recently got the REI Kimtah eVent parka and on a Ruby Mountains, Nevada backpack found it to be as good a wind jacket as it is a rain parka. The sale price was $159.95 which is 30% off the regular ...

In Clothing - Raingear
October 03, 1:45am

Eddie Bauer Down Sweater
I purchased an Eddie Bauer Down Sweater (their term) on sale this summer for $89. It was reviewed by Will Riveted in his extensive articles of light down jackets and got a favorable, "middle-o...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
October 27, 8:15pm

Thermarest Trail Pro Regular
I won my Trail Pro regular at a Sierra Club Outings leaders training seminar, otherwise I would not have spent the money B/C I seldom car camp. But now I have an alternative for a winter ski camping m...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
May 03, 9:56pm

Brunton Crux
I bought the Brunton Flex because of its wider burner ring for better heat distribution so I wouldn't get a hot spot on the bottom of my pot when cooking. I was not aware that there was a Brunt...

In Stoves - Canister
January 29, 9:38pm

tarptent moment
I give the Moment a "5" because I feel it is currently the best solo single wall tent design. It has great quality, innovative design and excellent attention to detail. My previous solo ...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
December 24, 12:52pm

Carbelas GORE-TEX® PacLite® Rainy River Parka
Cabela's Rainy River GTX PacLite parka (and pants) are THE bargain in good quality, lightweight, breathable rainwear at the 2010 regular $99. price. The Taslanized fabric is a matte finish, unlike...

In Clothing - Raingear
August 08, 12:10am