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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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Hmmm... Micropur instead??
I prefer Katadyn Micropur. It is chlorine DIXIDE and does kill cryptosporidium. I'm wondering why MSR would put this on the market.

In Editor's Roundtable » Flash Reviews No. 9
June 23, 4:56pm

Post here?
KKKKKen, Sorry if I offended you. It was about gear and this is the GEAR thread. NOTE: OK, I see that I just didn't scroll down far enough. I was expecting a comment area for Each item, n...

June 23, 4:52pm

What the heck is all this about "heavy" pack lids? SHEESH? Guys, c'mon, How about the weight of the extra material needed for a roll-top closure, webbing and buckles? "Heavy lid&...

In Multiple Use Gear » Pack Lids as fanny packs
June 22, 1:55pm

OR... you could just use shorts and no underwear. It's the manly and masculine "going Commando" style. ;o)

In Multiple Use Gear » Boxers that also work as shorts
June 22, 1:40pm

Trail Designs Ti stoves
Both the Sidewinder ti Caldera Cone and its bigger brother the Tri Ti are "multiple use" items - in a sense. EX. -> My TD Sidewinder ti stove is great with alcohol or ESBIT. In fact...

In Multiple Use Gear » Trail Designs Ti stoves
June 22, 1:38pm

Getting ESBIT OK'd as a safe fuel
If ESBIT stoves WITH a containment tray for the tablet(s) were demonstrated to be safe I think could be allowed. A Brian Green type tray would be one such solution. Or just a simple circular me...

In GEAR » Alcohol Stove with shut off valve
June 22, 1:21pm

Unless I'm missing something there is no place for comment on any of the FLASH REVIEW items. I'd sure like to comment on some of them.Take for example the MSR Aquatabs. They are NOT as e...

June 22, 1:12pm

MSR Aquatabs v.s. Katadyn Micropur
Gary D, Thanks for that clarification. MSR's site was not helpful regarding active ingredients or strength. I have used Katadyn's Micropur tablets for years and had excellent results. I ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » MSR Aquatabs Water Purification Tablets
June 22, 1:07pm

Bob Gross? Hacked? Excommunicated? Say it ain't so!
THE END IS NEAR! REPENT YE CAUSTIC AND VINDICTIVE POSTERS! (May the fleas of 1,000 camels infest your armpits.) Hey, I always thought Bob posted good stuff and if I caught a slap on the wri...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » BG and the Demise of BPL
June 21, 3:53pm

Slipping Web Straps Solution
Find some thicker webbing (and try it in your pack's ladder buckle at the store before buying). cut off the offending straps an sew on the new ones. If that is not to your liking find better bu...

In GEAR » Sea To Summit - UltraSil Daypack
June 21, 3:36pm

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