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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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"micro grid fabric"
Eh, I'm not so excited about "micro grid" fabrics. I have a couple of Cabela's zippered mock turtle neck poly tops with roughly a 3/16 grid size in the interior. They were fine...

In GEAR » NEW Patagonia stuff for Fall 2015
July 01, 9:59pm

Roger, Oiled silk tent, Now that's thinking that I'm asking for. Light and highly water resistant. As a Rev. War re-enactor we used white, untreated cotton tents which actually worked on...

In GEAR » Back to the 1700s
June 30, 1:24pm

SUL forum for this question
I think you'd find a MUCH more receptive crowd over in the SUL page. Lots of people there eschew hip belts. It is the "au currant" style for many there. I say "style" advise...

In GEAR » No Hipbelt
June 30, 12:56pm

"hot" and 'VEGAS HOTTT
Here in the 'Vegas valley it's been over 105 F. for the last 14 days. Some days were 112 F. and 113 F. So here a "hot car" might mean easily 120+ inside the car. I leave NO bac...

In GEAR » Gear and hot car
June 30, 12:51pm

"Embrace the suck"
(As the SEALs say) Yeah, if it's VERY wet GTX boots will likely fail after a few days. Just get good draining boots or shoes like Merrill Moabs and wear synthetic/wool blend socks. Take 3 pa...

In GEAR » PNW rain footwear... recommendations, please...
June 29, 4:59pm

Yellowstone "bear/ car break-ins"
Gary, Rangers told us that if we parked at Toulmene (sp?) Meadows bears there WILL absolutely tear car doors open to get a bag of Natchos.

In GEAR » PNW: Do Bears Break into Cars????
June 29, 4:53pm

Continuing on with other year...
I'm amazed that so many are interested in this weird "Back to the 18th Century" thing. OK, more items: (Remember, money is no object here. You're rich B/C you just beat Eli Whi...

In GEAR » Back to the 1700s
June 29, 4:29pm

Whichever spray has the furthest reach
I carry the large canister in Yosemite. More than one bear encounter is likely.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear Spreay 225g or 325g?
June 29, 4:01pm

I'm of the hip belt persuasion
In fact if I'm carrying more than 10 lbs I'm uncomfortable without a hip belt. I have L4 & L5 "moderately herniated" discs that do not bother me unless I put too much weigh...

In GEAR » No Hipbelt
June 29, 3:53pm

Photos always help others who may want to so similar mods.

In GEAR » Mods to ULA Circuit
June 29, 3:41pm

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