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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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Snake Lady Stories
Marko, The temptation to tell those epics is great but I know I've already gone too far here as it is. Well, OK, just one. The leader, another woman and I reached the agreed upon final...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Avoiding nasty hiking partners...
July 26, 5:15pm

Harmonica (I wish)
I wish that, like Survivorman, I could play a harmonica well, then I'd take one. But... I CAN play a radio - and my I-Pod. Does that count?

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Do you take along a musical instrument?
July 26, 3:48pm

Training & experience helps - but only to a point
As mentioned, >I taught high school students for 35 years. (And taught psychology for 20 years.) >I practice meditation. >I've been trained by the Sierra Club in Outings Leade...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Avoiding nasty hiking partners...
July 26, 3:47pm

I like to make my tent more comfortable with a few extras. GUY LINES: I make up all needed guy lines at home with small snap hooks at the tent end and Line Loc sliders at the stake end. (Guy l...

July 23, 3:49pm

It takes effort...
When creeks or rivers are available I sit or lay in it and stay there as long as I can take the cold water - usually 5 minutes. SHAMPOO & SHAVE: Dr. Bonners' or equivalent soap. Rinse we...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How do you stay clean?
July 23, 3:20pm

Indian Peaks range
Erica, Take a look at the Indian Peaks range for good hiking and backpacking. (But take a wind-worthy tent, the Indian Peaks range can be very windy at times.) One nice intro solo backpack is...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Colorado Backpacking Resources
July 23, 3:13pm

"Vetting hiking partners"
Art, Actually my last backpack with "Her Dreadfulness" in Utah WAS the "vetting". And not going on this trip was "taking myself out of the situation". Our trip ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Avoiding nasty hiking partners...
July 23, 2:57pm

Porter packs
Derrick, I think a Porter pack would be very good for your purposes. I've strapped my MSR Lightning Ascent 'shoes to my Dana Terraplane but putting them between the frame and the pac...

In GEAR » Winter Pack recomendations
July 22, 10:41pm

Get thee behind me Satanic map!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What does everyone think of the new US Topo map type from USGS?
July 22, 10:31pm

Teaching high school & hiking with a rattlesnake
>I spent 35 years teaching high school from the Philippines to Pennsylvania. >I'm very well inoculated against kids trying to get under my skin. >I practice walking and sitting ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Avoiding nasty hiking partners...
July 22, 10:27pm

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