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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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"Back in the day..."
When I flew from Pennsylvania to California in 1980 to work as a professional trail builder on the 9 mile Snow Creek section of the PCT I had to sleep in my 2 man Jansport wedge tent and bring ever...

In GEAR » Backpack for Air Travel?
August 25, 11:37pm

TT Scarp 2
I like my Tarptent Scarp 2 and have ridden out strong winds in it but no rain beyond light showers. See my photos of how I "winterized" it with X-ing poles run INSIDE the fly for bette...

In GEAR » Tent - lightweight two person double walled tent suitable for cold wet winter weather in northeast
August 25, 11:23pm

When you need 'em you NEED 'em
I only take rain pants in the Rockies to deal with the often intense afternoon thunderstorms. I've sat out an hour storm on the Colorado Trail and several half hour storms. Nice to have the...

In GEAR » Rain Pants - are they worth it?
August 25, 11:20pm

The trees did sway, the wind did blow when I heard the chopper descending low, Then from my tent I did bolt and stood in wonder of a confusing sight, The chopper, "RESCUE" painte...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » CONTEST: who can write the best SPOT messenger OK/check-in poem?
August 21, 12:16pm

Lack of hikers W/free time
My problem is finding someone, ANYONE, who has the time off to go backpacking. I'm retired (yeah, I'm rubbing it in) and can schedule round others' calendars but few seem to be able to ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Findings on going solo
August 21, 12:00pm

"amok" is a Filipino word (in most of the 60-odd dialects) that means "crazy". Is this hammock design crazy? (Being of the tenter persuasion I wouldn't know.)

In GEAR » Amok Draumr - Anyone tried one?
August 21, 11:43am

Hmmmm, and a suggestion
Your 1/4" hardware screen may be too large for good spark control. I'd suggest one size down (1/8") at least

In Make Your Own Gear » Wood stove spark risk abatement solution
August 21, 12:36am

And a surprise!
1. REI Sahara polyester W/ zip-off leg 2. 511 brand nylon pants 3.(surprise) Duluth Trading Co. "Flex" weave 4.7 oz. nylon cargo pants with 3% Spandex and a crotch gusset. Just ord...

In GEAR » What'are your top 5 hiking pants?
August 21, 12:20am

Nice Aluminum pots
Trail Designs sells hard anodized aluminum pots made by, I believe, "Open Country".

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » looking for titanium pot
August 17, 11:40pm

Really? The same woman? I'm not only impressed but truly amazed. And all by using these pills as a supplement?

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Looking to add protein to my backpacking diet
August 17, 11:35pm

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