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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 poly long johns
Cabela's sells several types of polyester long johns. For winter I carry their "polar weight" longs and the thinnest weight pair for spring and fall use. I know that wool absor...

In GEAR » Long underwear
May 22, 9:58pm

Warms the cockles of my heart
This thread warms the cockles of my ESBIT-loving heart. IT is to me what alky burner posts are to alcohol burner fans. We are discovering the ins and outs of ESBIT burners for max efficiency an...

In GEAR » Esbit burner testing
May 15, 2:23pm

Uh, why YES
I bought a 30 liter Camelbak Commander camo hunting pack. It had a wimpy plastic frame sheet and unpadded cloth belt. MODS.: 1. cut off belt & buy REI Ridgeline padded belt to insert behind...

In GEAR » Do you ever use a hip belt?
May 15, 2:17pm

Roger, I've previously(a few years ago I think) suggested the Philippines. They speak English. Have great tailors who can be re-trained to do tents. The Philippines is not that far from ...

In GEAR » The CAFFIN tents come!
May 13, 1:56am

Aaarrrggghhh! Now I'll have to have one of those blue beauties so folks won't think I have an older bag. (sigh) I really have been trying to keep my gear purchases to a minimum but this...

In GEAR » New Western Mountaineering bag
May 13, 1:51am

Water filters & Water PURIFIERS
I use only water PURIFIERS. (Steripen and Katadyn chlorine dioxide tablets). And I'm very careful about cleaning my hands with sanitizer when I use cattle troughs or known beaver pond strea...

In GEAR » Have you ever gotten sick after filtering water?
May 10, 5:10pm

My Osprey EXOS 58 is, strangely, 60 liters B/C I got a size Large. I use aftermarket, add-on side pockets mainly for the convenience of having some gear like 1st aid kit, water treatment or pott...

In GEAR » how large is your pack?
May 07, 1:03pm

Old New England Yankee saying
"Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without." On second thought I love that "New Gear Smell"! BTW, I sold Bret my carefully used Tarptent Moment single wall tent so ...

In GEAR » Gentrified?
May 07, 12:57am

Prepare yourself
If you actually cook in the Ti pot (as opposed to merely boiling water) prepare yourself for food sticking &/or burning in the center area. Ti does not transfer heat well.

In GEAR » Evernew 1.3 Titanium Pot – ok for light cooking?
May 07, 12:55am

My iPhone 5 C
Amy, Will my 5 C iPhone take the new 8.3 OS upgrade? BTW, AT&T is my carrier.

In GEAR » iPhone GPS and Airplane Mode
May 06, 5:58pm

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