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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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Trailspace reviews
A look at the Trailspace Reader's Reviews is a good place to start when revamping our own reviews. WE PAY FOR THIS SITE SO WHY CAN'T WE HAVE THINGS LIKE TRAILSPACE, a free site.

In GEAR » Request for "Reader Gear Reviews"
June 17, 9:23pm

BCBob has a good suggestion with the Osprey Talon 44. Or look at Osprey's EXOS 48. It domes in a Small (45 liters), Medium (48 liters) or Large, (51 liters) with the medium coming in at 2 lb...

In GEAR » Advice for a 45L/2800 ci backpack - packload never above 26 lbs/12kg
June 17, 9:17pm

Hoop pole/ridge pole tent
That's sort of what I did to my Tarptent Moment DW by putting the optional crossing pole inside the fly in a stressed position.. Still, in gusts to 65 mph. (local weather service figures), t...

In GEAR » mountaineering tents
June 17, 7:25pm

#1 on MSR Ground Hogs. They come in two sizes and the newer model with twisted extrusion Y cross-section hold even better than the original straight version.

In GEAR » Best tent stake for Cascades/PNW
June 16, 4:42pm

Nice pack!
Having experience with an EXOS 58 size Large (actually 60 L.) I like the "trampoline" style mesh back frame concept. It really is cooler than mesh covered foam. But the 17 to 20 oz. of...

In GEAR » ZPacks Arc Haul
June 16, 4:37pm

"comfortably light", "sensibly light", "light enough", etc.
Yep, that's me, "comfortably light". >synthetic sleeping layer instead of merino wool (poly T shirt & briefs or light poly long johns) BUT, the merino wool longs or T shir...

In GEAR » Questioning "dry base layers for sleeping".
June 15, 4:34pm

Lissen Sonny...
When I wuz yer age I carried a CAST IRON skillet, canvas tent, wood tent poles, a steel white gas Coleman stove, bamboo hiking staff and CANNED food. Just kidding. But at 72 I have lightened ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Maybe I'm finally ultralight
June 15, 12:00am

I love the smell of new gear in the morning! Especially if that morning is in camp. We "Gear Queers" understand why you're all-a-twitter, as Dirty Harry used to say. Of course ...

In GEAR » Cant wait for new gear!
June 14, 11:42pm

Check out REI's Kimtah
Their Kimtah eVent parka is VERY reasonably priced. I have had one for several years. Used it for skiing (a lot), backpacking and around town and it still looks like new.

In GEAR » Lightest & Best 3 Layer Rain Jacket?
June 13, 2:05pm

Heh, heh
Thanks Jimmer. "And,it's not really just materials or construction." This one's under the heading of "SUSPICIONS CONFIRMED". (NOTE: "Not that there's ...

In GEAR » Tarptent Thread
June 12, 7:08pm

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