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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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Cabela's and OR gaiters
Mike, I like OR gaiters and Cabela's have a bunch, most in camo. Likely LL Bean would have some. The Huron gaiters sound warm. Regular uninsulated gaiters add at least 15 degrees F. to fo...

In GEAR » Gaiters for snowshoeing
March 25, 9:48pm

canary legs solved
You'll have to begin taking regular doses of steroids and working out at the gym. I recommend heel lifts. OR... use garters attached to your belt. Otherwise Gorilla duct tape is good around ...

In GEAR » Gaiters for skinny calves?
March 25, 9:43pm

Cooking "handle"
Bob, I use an aluminum pot gripper for my Sidewinder's mating 3 cup pot and the Wally Mart circumcised skillet.

In GEAR » open country non-stick pots
March 25, 9:38pm

Once upon a time...
...Trail Designs used to sell an Open Country non stick 3 cup pot and a hard anodized aluminum pot. Now its only the hard anodized aluminum pot. I got the hard anodized pot and it is a tough coa...

In GEAR » open country non-stick pots
March 23, 11:20pm

New Osprey hipbelts
My new Osprey EOS 58 and other larger Osprey packs have a softer, breathable mesh-covered foam that os soooo comfortable.

In GEAR » Load transfer to hips: hip belt webbing vs padded hip belt?
March 23, 11:15pm

March 27
I wuz told March 27 by an REI store clerk. But I dunno if this is keerect. Yeah - already spent my dividend - got a Princeton Tech headlamp.

In GEAR » REI Dividend and 20 % off sale ?
March 23, 11:13pm

Awning tarp
I've used awning tarps in canoe camping and car camping for dining flys and was damn glad I did in sunny hot or rainy weather. But this thread is to remind folks they don't always need t...

In Multiple Use Gear » Remember your "naked" tent fly
March 23, 5:33pm

My "wind shirt" rant...
I have never carried a separate wind shirt. I'll wear a tightly woven nylon shirt if I need bug protection. Instead of a wind shirt I carry my eVent rain park and use it as a wind shirt when...

In Multiple Use Gear » My "wind shirt" rant...
March 23, 5:29pm

Whut Randy sed
I agree with Randy about the extra weight of a wind shirt. Why carry a wind shirt that will NOT keep rain off you when you can take a good WPB rain parka (I like my REI Kimtah eVent parka) and...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Andrew Skurka - Core Clothing
March 23, 5:19pm

FEETS & staying warm in the wet
If you know you'll be wet (soaked by rain, constantly wading creeks, for ex.) Gore-tex boots will only work for a day or two at most before they wet out. I recommend wearing thin (2 or 3 mm...

In GEAR » Strategy for dealing with cold, freezing rain: WPB socks and midlayer question
March 23, 5:04pm

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