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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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Multiple use gear
I second Tjaard's "warm pants" suggestion. They extend a sleeping bag's range and are great around camp, ESPECIALLY in the morning. I have synthetic Thermolite Micro insulated ...

In Winter Hiking » Northern California winter nights
September 21, 12:23pm

Cure for ESBIT smell
1.> ESBIT FUEL CONTAINER - coffee bag W/aluminum foil layer. Thankfully keeps in the fishy smell of ESBIT tabs 2.> BOWL - Cut-down Zip Loc 'fridge bowl just fits inside my Open Country...

In GEAR » Favorite REPURPOSED Containers...
September 21, 12:11pm

Eddie Bauer First Ascent down "sweater
In my avatar I'm wearing an Eddie Bauer First Ascent Down Sweater. It has been (over the past 5 years) a great jacket for skiing, backpacking and wearing around town. Now they are even be...

In GEAR » Lightweight Down Jacket for camp
September 20, 5:17pm

Sumi, I can see now that you appear to want your dog inside the tent. For that the Contrail is perfect, even for a dog the size of yours. My first Tarptent was a Contrail. Though I have no ...

In GEAR » Free or semi free-standing tent suggestions?
September 20, 5:11pm

MY Food poisoning source
DK, The food poisoning happened the following day after arrival home. Too late to have been from airlines food due to the time lapsed and the fact that the onset was so fast and violent. I ate ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ahh the joys of having a stomach bug 10ish days after backpacking
September 19, 2:51pm

Osprey Momentum 30
The Osprey Momentum 30 also has a padded laptop compartment. I got it for overseas travel and it works very well. Unfortunately during an airport boarding "inspection" in Charles De ...

In GEAR » Trail running and adventure daypack with laptop sleeve?
September 19, 2:35pm

BIG dog...
That's a BIG dog you have. I have a Moment DW and it's freestanding with the optional crossing pole. Your dog could fit in the "front" vestibule and you could use the rear ves...

In GEAR » Free or semi free-standing tent suggestions?
September 18, 11:55pm

I had one but the wheels fell off.

In GEAR » Nuclei AR
September 18, 11:50pm

in 1980 I spent a summer in a tent near Wildwood, CA working as a laborer building the 9 mile section of the PCT for Bell Bros. Trailbuilders. (Building the trail from scratch, not repairing.) ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ahh the joys of having a stomach bug 10ish days after backpacking
September 18, 12:59pm

Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda
I can understand Californians not having a clue about the suddenness of a flash flood coming from storms many miles away. But the was a Nevadan among them and Nevada REGULARLY AND OFTEN puts fla...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Flash Flood Deaths in Zion
September 18, 12:45pm

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