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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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Do You Have a Gear Modding "Magnificent Obsession"?
I began gear modding back in the '70s when I'd lay under my tarp at night thinking of how I wanted to change my pack, clothes, kitchen gear, etc. Then back home I would begin modding. I...

In GEAR » Do You Have a Gear Modding "Magnificent Obsession"?
July 16, 12:33pm

Testing burners v.s. testing systems
Dan, Regarding testing the "burners" (tablet holders) only, W/O windscreen I'll agree that it's not a bad idea to test naked burners to get definitive results on that part of th...

In GEAR » Esbit burner testing
July 16, 12:17pm

Been thinking the same thing...
... but in the space behind my Osprey EXOS 58 mesh trampoline back. Should work if you make a short cord loop at the top to hook the Camelbak into to support the bladder. THAT FREES UP A LO...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Anyone hanging a hydration bladder behind the trampoline of a ZPacks Arc Blast?
July 15, 5:52pm

Supermarket dehydrated soups and SODIUM!!!!
I have YET to find any supermarket dehydrated soup, be it Knorr, Lipton, etc. that is not loaded with gross amounts of sodium. I have tinitus (ear ringing) and too much sodium makes it much loud...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Sticker Shock, need a new plan
July 15, 5:45pm

S S S So, I bboughttt some ppilllls
Got ssssome NO DOZZZZZE ppilllls tt today. If yyyooouu aaarree sssshakkking aaarre yyyyouuuu weeelll cccaffffinaatted?

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » caffeine pills instead of coffee?
July 15, 5:41pm

Pot height:width ratio & efficiency
David, For an efficient pot you need one that is W I D E R than it is high. The pot you pictured is too tall for its width. A Fosters beer can "pot" would be better but still not enti...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » What is your cook kit for 2?
July 15, 5:36pm

Front pouch & bottle holder ("Wet Rib")
My first Dana ensigns Terra plane came with the Wet Rib front pouch option. A 5" X 8" zippered pouch with a water bottle holder on one end, attached to the lower webbing of my shoulder st...

In GEAR » Water bottle holder
July 15, 5:20pm

Design & Materials
Good article Roger, very authoritative and well illustrated. I like the shot of an Atko under a snow load with a bent arch pole. My winterized 4 season TT Scarp 2 has a heavy duty main arch p...

In Editor's Roundtable » Pitching a Tent in the Snow
July 15, 5:01pm

EB jackets
The older EB 1st Ascent jacket in my avatar is my 3 season jacket. Good by itself on days/nights when there is no breeze land great under my eVent parka. Also increases my overstuffed WM Megali...

In GEAR » Down jackets for 3 season use - how much down?
July 14, 4:08pm

My Water Treatment Rule of Thumb
I carry 2 water treatment methods: 1. Steripen adventurer-> For fast treatment of bike bottle water (electrolyte drink bottle) 2. Katadyn Micropur chlorine dioxide tablets-> For OVERN...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Outbreak of Giardiasis Associated with Drinking Surface Water Along a Hiking Trail [Aquamira]
July 12, 1:46pm

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