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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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PALEO in winter!
Take raw, frozen meat along. (boned, of course) hamburger and sausage is great

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Paleo backpackers??
January 09, 8:57pm

Why use Aqua Mira drops when Katadyn chlorine dioxide tablets are available? Aqua Mira drops are SO 20th centuty. ;o)

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » AquaMira drops
January 09, 8:50pm

>SPAM... OK BUT only if it's fried and eaten along with omelette or pancakes > cheese - ALWAYS > Cadbury bar - I prefer Trader Joe's 1 lb. semi-sweet bar with almonds. SOOO g...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » BEST WINTER FOODS?
January 09, 8:44pm

Liner sox
Be sure to wear thin poly liner sox under your neoprene sox/booties. Then replace them with clean liner sox every night before bed. Try to turn neoprene sox/booties inside out to dry, if possibl...

In Winter Hiking » Final questions before snow shoeing trip
January 09, 8:36pm

Rain parka as wind parka and shell
I agree with Bob, I ONLY carry a rain parka and use it also as a wind jacket and shell over my down or synthetic jacket. My rain parka (and pants) is REI's eVent Kimtah series, which I under...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » A different approach, and why others don't do this?
January 09, 8:23pm

I always pack a complete tent. I love sleeping in a tent, safe from bugs, creepy-crawlies and rain or snow. In fact most of you know I obsess about having a secure winter tent. On one hand I lov...

In GEAR » What our gear says about us...
January 09, 8:15pm

MSR Dragonfly... eh
I have an MSR Dragonfly and, while it DOES work wonderfully as a winter stove and has the best and lowest simmer I've found it is HEAVY. That's my only gripe about this very good stove. I b...

In GEAR » need new winter white gas stove
January 09, 7:18pm

US brands
Look at Six moon Designs Cuben solo tents. Skyscape X is my fav. of theirs. I own a Tarptent Moment DW. Several options are available for this outstanding tent and it can be pitched in 3 differe...

In GEAR » Shelter help needed
January 09, 2:13pm

Waiting for those big techno breakthroughs!
We want: > Unobtainium hiking and tent poles > Down that NEVER absorbs water > tent material lighter than Cuben and tougher than slinylon > stoves that use a version of soli...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Why is this forum so inactive?
January 08, 9:49pm

Alky for WINTER??
Bob, Alky is my very last choice for winter camping. I'd at least recommend ESBIT for winter and better yet a gassifier wood stove like the Trail Designs Sidewinder with Inferno wood burning...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » UL winter cook kit
January 08, 9:40pm

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