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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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My wet weather gear list
TENT-> Tarptent Moment DW W/ ripstop inner tent (DWR treated) BAG & mattress-> WM Megalite down bag W/ Revivex DWR treated shell Thermarest Prolite mattress. OR, for very constantly we...

In GEAR » Is it even possible to stay dry in a rain forest? Should I just give up?
April 17, 1:32pm

CC Sidewinder W/ ESBIT or alky
I have a Trail Designs Sidewinder and use ESBIT (unless fire regs say no). It is made for my 3 cup Open Country pot and is VERY light when I only have to carry the ti cone, my modded ESBIT "BG...

In GEAR » Need suggestions for lighter stove
April 17, 12:35pm

DWR down garments
Richard, Thank you for your new research. It is very enlightening - and money saving. It would appear that good (700 - 800 fill wt.) DWR treated down, such as Dri Dowm, would give the best we...

In GEAR » Microfleece 100
April 16, 1:25pm

Bob's"heat exchanger strip"?
Jimmer, What is Bob Moulder's heat exchanger strip? Sounds interesting for cold weather canister cooking. (However I do have the new MSR Whisperlite Universal with the "upside-down&quo...

In GEAR » DIY canister stove windscreen
April 16, 12:51pm

Not "dry" but feeling dry(er)
If you wear the right combination of synthetic and wool clothes you can at least feel drier. 1.> It's a subjective, very personal thing but you have to know if garments of Coolmax feel d...

In GEAR » Is it even possible to stay dry in a rain forest? Should I just give up?
April 16, 12:44pm

Colorado Trail needs workers - ALWAYS
If you would like to get a taste od organized trail maintenance and building/re-building join the Colorado Trail workers. They nave many project all along the trail every summer. This is one of...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trail Work Thread
April 15, 12:05pm

"Sweet Spot" gear combo
As mentioned here in a few posts, 1.The Distance of the ESBIT flame from the pot bottom is important for maximum efficiency. And also 2. The size of the pot (i. e. amount of wear to boil) ...

In GEAR » Esbit burner testing
April 15, 11:57am

Perfect mini skillet for my CC Sidewinder
My Caldera cone Sidewinder stove is made to fit the Open Country 3 cup pot. I found this ceramic coated skillet at WalMart, where, curiously, I do (rarely) find some nice backpacking gear like ligh...

In GEAR » Perfect mini skillet for my CC Sidewinder
April 15, 11:30am

DIY canister stove windscreen
Here's my version of a windscreen for my Brunton/Crux canister top stove. The base unfolds and is sandwiched between the stove and the canister. It is made from a disposable pie pan ...

In GEAR » DIY canister stove windscreen
April 15, 11:14am

Lots of trail users there
Utah´s canyon country sees a LOT of use. (And a lot of users´ poop.) So I use only wáter purifiers like a Steripen Adventurer and Katadyn chlorine dioxide tablets. I suppose filters would wo...

In GEAR » Water filter for Utah canyon country (Grand Gulch, Cedar Mesa)?
April 09, 11:49am

All Reader Reviews by Eric Blumensaadt

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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

Vargo Triad XE
The XE version of Vargo's Triad is an improvement in several ways. 1. After I complained of the original removable alcohol burner being too small the company owner responded by making it larger...

In Stoves - Alcohol
May 18, 8:51pm

Brunton Flex
This is the newer version of the Prumus/Brunton Crux canister-top stove and appears to have corrected faults reported by Crux owners. First the number of fold-out pot supports has increased from 3...

In Stoves - Canister
May 10, 3:38pm