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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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Amen David. As a Nevadan I can attest to the validity of your observation. And STILL this state's legislature feels the heavy hand of mining interests. Gold mining in northern Nevada is big...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 100 years in tuolomne...
December 20, 3:02pm

Memory? What's that??
Stephen, Psychologists say that we store details of unpleasent memories very well. That grueling 100 mile marathon is something I will never forget, even though I usually can't even remember...

In GEAR » high Exertion Winter Layering
December 20, 2:47pm

OK Ian, didn't know you had a Cone stove. Guess I was "preaching to the choir". Look in SEARCH for recent ESBIT tab holder threads. Jon's tablet holder is very good.

In GEAR » Lite Trail Solid Fuel System
December 20, 2:17am

CSM 100 mile ski marathon
In 1981 I did the Canadian Ski Marathon, 100 miles in two days from Lachute, Quebec to Ottowa, Ontario. I'd classify that as "high exertion" winter sports. My layering was 2 layer...

In GEAR » high Exertion Winter Layering
December 20, 1:58am

+1 on the BCA
I got the BCa for avy work just BECAUSE it has a smaller scoop. If you've ever practicd digging out a well-buried beacon you know a small scoop will not wear you out in 5 minutes.

In GEAR » snow shovel
December 19, 6:48pm

2 similar tent choices
Rishi, Tarptent makes 2 very similar solo tents. 1. TT Notch at 26 oz. does use your trekking poles. 2. TT Moment DW at 34 oz. uses a hooped pole insteade of trekking poles -> Both ...

In GEAR » Single person 3-season shelter for rainy environment
December 19, 6:41pm

Trail Designs Ti Sidewinder cone efficiency v.s. Lite Trail
I have the Trail Designs Sidewinder Ti stove fitted to a 3 cup aluminum pot. In my experience this light system is still the most efficient for both alky and ESBIT cooking. For longer trips fuel...

In GEAR » Lite Trail Solid Fuel System
December 19, 2:18pm

diver's socks
I use lightweight diver's neoprene (a closed cell foam) socks that I seam seal. Under them I wear thin poly pro or polyester liner socks. Very warm, they stay in place and they last. If you ...

In GEAR » Trail Runners and Snow
December 17, 10:11pm

Canister stove DIY windscreen
I made a windscreen for my Brunton Crux canister stove and I'll take photos of it tomorrow and post in a separate thread. It has worked well for me for 2 summers of backpacking and I believe it...

In GEAR » Critique my cook setup
December 17, 1:04pm

"Seriousnessly" though...
Tyler, If you like alky stoves I highly reccomend any of the Caldera Cone aluminum stoves/pots/10-12 alky burners. Without question these cone stoves have proven to be the most efficient alky s...

In GEAR » Critique my cook setup
December 16, 7:43pm

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