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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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My "Forced" Bushcraft in Pennsylvania
When I was newly married in the '70s I had little money for backpacking gear. I was forced to fall back on my Boy Scout "Pioneering" merit badge skills. I use dead, downed limbs fo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backpacking and Bushcraft
January 27, 4:22pm

Boy Scouts
In the '50s (hey, I'm a geezer) I was a Boy Scout, complete with: > frameless, waistbeltless canvas Yucca pack, >kapok-filled rectangular sleeping bag, > Scout knife W/ can ope...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How much did childhood experiences influence your interest in backpacking.
January 27, 4:12pm

My experience
Just three days before a Grand Canyon trip my inguinal hernia totally popped out. I had it surgically fixed with a "one stitch" method and a month after that I was fine for backpackin...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How will hernia repair affect backpacking ??? Anyone Know?
January 27, 3:59pm

Remember your "naked" tent fly
Both my Scarp 2 and Moment DW flys can be pitched W/O the inner tent. Most newer double wall tents these days can do this. The fly makes a fast-to-pitch "tarp" that is usually quite w...

In Multiple Use Gear » Remember your "naked" tent fly
January 27, 3:55pm

Cut down soda or beer can
I'd far rather "cook" in a cut down soda or beer can (i.e. Foster's big can) than get plasticizers infused into my water from a cut down bottle. Use a rim protector. I dunno wher...

In Multiple Use Gear » Disposable water bottle + esbit + rocks = emergency day hiking stove?
January 27, 3:43pm

Exactly what Sean said, people don't bother to do 3 - 5 day trips to see which gear works and what adjustments to the gear list they need to make. (IF they even have a gear list!) EXAMPLES: ...

In GEAR » 2014 JMT thru-hiker survey - results on gear failures
January 27, 1:19pm

Megalite & syn. suit
in 2009 I slept at 11,000 ft. at 15 F. in my Megalite with a Thermolite Micro insulated jacket and pants and was very comfortable. Now with my Megalite overstuffed by WM in 2011 it could likely ...

In GEAR » combining a WM Megalite and a WM flight Jacket
January 27, 12:46am

Please enlighten me
I keep reading about the mixing of liquid Aqua Mira and always wonder why these folks do not use Katadyn Micropur chlorine dioxide tablets. So what's up with hikers preferring the inconvenie...

In GEAR » Opinions on the Clelland aquamira mix method?
January 26, 1:16pm

Side pockets source
Campsaver is selling the last of Granite Gear's side pockets if you need some. They come in three sizes. Nice to have if you need some extra space or want certain items like 1st aid kits a...

In GEAR » Side pockets source
January 24, 9:14pm

Yep, I was quoting oz./sq. yard, not the total weight of the pants. The link shows cotton as well as nylon pants but you can use the site's search for nylon only pants. Given the quality of...

In GEAR » Duluth Trading Co. nylon pants
January 24, 6:24pm

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