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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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Look at the larger Osprey packs. Very comfortable.

In GEAR » Winter Pack recomendations
July 21, 9:39pm

Uh Huh...
Mercedes, my sentiments persactly! Noise Arms falling off sides Inflating at 9,500 ft. not fun Falling temperature partially deflating it during the night That was enuf fer me. Now my Prol...

In GEAR » Relenting on NeoAir XLITE
July 21, 9:38pm

My alcohol bottle
I carry a plastic hip flask with 150 proof Navy Rum. ;O) But my ESBIT tabs go in a coffee bag.

In GEAR » What do YOU use to carry alcohol?
July 21, 9:32pm

Avoiding nasty hiking partners...
Recently I had to bow out of a planned week-long backpack trip in a very beautiful area. This was because I had a previous trip ruined by that same person with a "rattlesnake personality"...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Avoiding nasty hiking partners...
July 19, 2:18pm

My "solution"
I just got a new Tarptent Moment DW. After seam sealing it inside and out I coated the outside of the tent floor with a small roller using a 5:1 mix (by volume) of odorless mineral spirits and clea...

In Make Your Own Gear » Optimum Tent Floor Material with or without groundsheet.
July 19, 2:04pm

And now all this commentary has me wondering what the boil times would be with the same beer can/Sidewinder combo and the Brian Green modified Gram Cracker tab holder with ESBIT. Hmmmm?? Anyone out...

In GEAR » Caldera Cone and Starlyte stove
July 19, 1:54pm

GTX boot maintenance
As with WPB shell clothing GTX lined boots need maintenance. 1. Rinse the inside of the boots regularly by filling them with warm water and rinsing them thoroughly. Let them dry slowly without u...

July 19, 1:45pm

It depends on the season. Ex. SUMMER: add more water carrying capacity, sunscreen, electrolyte drink mix, etc. WINTER: add more food, large closed cell sit pad (used to line day pack back as...

In GEAR » 10 "Essentials"
July 19, 1:36pm

No Worries...
I'll just get my son-in-law, a former FCCC Chief Technologist, to drop a word and get the approval "fast tracked", as they say. It will surely get approval if the term "Homela...

In GEAR » New communication device
July 19, 1:29pm

I give my Thermarest Prolite regular an 8. Thermarest Trail Pro -> 10 Thermarest Ridgerest -> 5 Sleep Number mattress -> 20!

In GEAR » Your subjective comfort score for sleeping pads, 1-10
July 16, 2:41pm

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