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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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Best OR Cheapest
Brandon, As I'm sure you have guessed by now from some of the caustic comments on your "best/cheapest" question, you have written a UL backpacking oxymoron without realizing it. ...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Ultralight Tents.
July 07, 12:18am

Bear Spray in Yosemite
Manfred, The rules must have changed since 2008, my last time backpacking up Yosemite's Toulemene (sp?) River. We saw park rangers mule packing and they never said a word to those of us with...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear Spreay 225g or 325g?
July 06, 11:55pm

A historical question on social psychopathy
Perhaps the contempt and utter disdain upper classes often felt for lower classes, including serfs and slaves, in many societies, points to some socially inculcated psychopathy. "Classes with...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 10 years on the run from the FBI on the AT - Bismarck
July 06, 11:50pm

Dan, yer a genius. I never thought of opening up the cone to use it in a reflector style manner and get more warmth. Thank you sir. Now I know why I visit this site. On third thought I'll...

In Multiple Use Gear » Trail Designs Ti stoves
July 06, 11:28pm

Randy, great minds think alike. I too have had a stainless steel washer on a Trtiptease cord taped to my bear canister, one of the older black plastic types that uses slotted steel closures. Be...

July 06, 11:25pm

I confess...
I once did use my REI Sahara polyester long sleeved shirt as a windshirt on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in April. :o) It was very cool and blowing cooler so I put on a 100 wt. fleece vest....

In Multiple Use Gear » My "wind shirt" rant...
July 06, 11:18pm

... none of the parties involved can comment due to a pending lawsuit... ;o)

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » BG and the Demise of BPL
July 06, 2:17pm

Atsko v.s. Revivex & McNett
So is Atsko much better than Revivex or McNett DWR sprays?

In GEAR » Atsko DWR treatment and dryer temp?
July 06, 2:05pm

Thanks you Michael and Dan, I now have both sources bookmarked. That's just another reason I like this site - good gear sources.

In GEAR » where to purchase micro/tiny sized plastic cordlock, cord ends, buckles, ladder buckles?
July 06, 2:04pm

Good fit but...
... where are the lift straps? Those are (IMHO) an integral part of a good fit.

In GEAR » How does this pack fit look?
July 06, 1:22am

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