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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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Strategic material placement...
If the high wear areas are made of tougher fabric and lighter, less durable fabric saved for areas like the lid and front then yes, a UL pack, with REASONABLE care will last about as long as a &quo...

In GEAR » Thoughts on the durability of UL backpacks
June 30, 3:39pm

See, it IS safe to grow pot in Yosemite! I'm doing the Yosemite High Camp Loop (clockwise) in late July. Maybe I'll become Johnny Weedseed while I'm there. (Kidding, of course.) &quo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Yosemite prohibits drones
June 29, 4:06pm

After 46 years of marriage (this June 22) I finally read about this amazing discovery. Scientists have found the substance that makes women "less romantic" when they are married. It...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » secrets out...
June 29, 4:01pm

"We have met the enemy and he is us."
"We have met the enemy and he is us." This quote is from the long-ago comic strip POGO. Pogo, the wise swamp possum, was laying it out for us in the plainest of English. If'n y...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Question: Your Energy Lifestyle and Backpacking
June 29, 3:48pm

Alky 12-10 stove
Trail Designs included their "all altitudes" 12-10 alky burner with my ti Sidewinder stove kit. I've never used it and likely never will. As most here know I'm an ESBIT fanboy ...

In GEAR » Best stove that you don't intend to use
June 29, 3:20pm

stored ESBIT "odour"
ESBIT, even in its sealed packages, gives off a fishy odor. I dislike this, and especially when in bear country for obvious reasons. Then it needs to go into your bear canister. My solution is t...

In GEAR » stored ESBIT "odour"
June 28, 4:47pm

ESBIT "odour"
I keep my ESBIT in a good quality 1 lb. coffee bean bag (the kind lined with aluminum foil laminate). Roll down the top and fold the keeper ends and no odor will get out. Try to get as much air...

In Editor's Roundtable » Still My Favorite Cook Kit
June 28, 4:35pm

I put 32 lbs. for "Base Weight". That's my TOTAL pack weight with 7 days food and 2 L. of water. (Yet another Senior Moment.) My base weight is 12 lbs.

In GEAR » Planning for a BPL Poll
June 27, 2:27pm

Suunto... eh...
I have the original Suunto and it EATS batteries. I'm getting the Casio Pathfinder B/CI know it will be higher quality and waterproof. (I sea kayak too and need that feature.)

In GEAR » Best watch with thermometer and altimeter?
June 27, 2:04pm

Consumer Reports findings
I have used Neutrogena sunscreen for many years and recently Consumer Reports has found it to be the best for all spectrums. Good enuf fer me. BTW it comes in 30, 50 and 70 SPF, the latter being...

In GEAR » Sunscreen
June 26, 3:16pm

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