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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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Pack sizing
My Osprey EXOS 58 SHOULD be a size Medium based on my measurements on an Osprey sizing device. But I opted for a size Large so the shoulder straps would not wrap around my shoulder and put weig...

In GEAR » Pack that doesn't lead to shoulder pain
March 02, 4:16pm

GREAT STORIES AND GREAT PHOTOS. Just what I was hoping for. Yes, I AM jealous of you guys. Fun Hogs! But it's snowed a bit (12 inches) in my Spring Mountains and more is falling today a...

In Winter Hiking » North Easterners, please report on your frigid winter camping
March 01, 4:11pm

"Multi-Fuel" stoves & "The Best Exotic Stove"
I think this stove would work well in a small Caldera Cone setup. My own answer is the Trail Designs Sidewinder and the mating 3 cup anodized aluminum mating pot. I can burn alcohol, ESBIT, a...

In Editor's Roundtable » Candle Stoves
March 01, 4:02pm

The Best Exotic ESBIT Stove
Yeah, it's a takeoff on the movie title but appropriate. Below is what I have found to be THE most efficient ESBIT stove system. Believe me, I've tried them all. THE BEST EXOTIC ESBIT...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Esbit - what am I doing wrong?
February 28, 4:13pm

Cheap, crude but effective
1. I have found 2 MIL thickness plastic sheeting very adequate. 2. For lighter weight I use a 1 MIL thick "entrance area" 2 ft. X 2 ft. piece for my solo tent in high abrasion areas li...

In GEAR » Groundsheet alternatives?
February 28, 4:03pm

XL eVent over my down
I normally take a size Large parka but got an XL eVent parka to fit over my down jacket (see my avatar). It works very well. BUT my next down jacket, like my new EB Storm Down vest, will have D...

In GEAR » Shell to go over a down parka with 13.5oz of down
February 27, 10:08am

Caldera Cone
How about a Tri Ti or Sidewinder ti sheet metal stove WITH the Inferno wood burner insert. You can use alcohol, ESBIT tablets or wood with that outfit. And it's very light. Mating pot is bes...

In GEAR » Best UL stove for use in random international places
February 22, 12:02am

Uh huh...
At 71 I too sometimes look at my own mortality - and religion - and "The Meaning of Life". Like Oliver I too feel privileged to have lived on this beautiful planet and in what has like...

In Chaff » Oliver Sacks has cancer
February 20, 1:41pm

Yeah, Saudi and some other Arab and Muslim states will NOT let you in if you have an Israeli stamp on your passport. Thus you need for a new passport. Some world we live in, eh? Just don'...

In Chaff » Can't Cut It Any Closer...
February 20, 1:28pm

The "White Noise" of news and being informed
As a former Peace Corps Volunteer (mid '60s) and retired social studies teacher (psych, environmental studies, world history) I automatically watch and read current news. Lately it's be...

In Chaff » The "White Noise" of news and being informed
February 20, 1:23pm

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