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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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15# base weight sounds safe
Mike, I too can't get below 17 lbs. with my present gear, which still includes a synthetic "-5 F." sleeping bag. I will get a -20 F. down bag soon. I sent my Eddie Bauer Karakoram ...

In Winter Hiking » what would a 10 # base weight look for a winter trip?
March 15, 4:29pm

Eberlestock packs
Bob, As a hunter I have lusted after an Eberlestock Just One pack - until I saw the weight. You are keerect, WAAAAY too heavy. I'll just carry my rifle with a Kifaru suspension system on my ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Showing an Afghan vet my UL gear today
March 15, 4:16pm

Skurka's gear bok
Skurka's gear book tells how he prints his own "hybrid" maps and gives the internet addresses of his sources.

In GEAR » National Geographic map kit software - worth it?
March 15, 4:10pm

Damp insulation
Mike, So far I have only one piece of Dri Down down clothing (and EB vest) but may I recommend getting your next winter bag with a DWR down treatment. Along with a very water resistant shell it ...

In GEAR » quilt material for good water resistantance
March 15, 4:08pm

My own "power of suggestion"
When skiing, hiking or backpacking above 7,000 ft. I take three NO2 tablets to dilate my blood vessels and help carry more O2 from my lungs to my screaming geezer muscles. At least that's w...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Attitude versus Altitude
March 14, 11:59pm

Mike was impressed with the low weight of my "base weight pack". His first impression on just seeing the the tent was that it was too small. But once inside the Moment he liked it. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Showing an Afghan vet my UL gear today
March 14, 3:26pm

Ray Jardine and reality
Ray's contribution to UL backpacking has long passed. PERIOD.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ray Jardine examines Cuben Fiber
March 14, 3:12pm

Food containers
1. Nylon hang bag 2. bear can Depends on the territory & official requirements.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What do you use to carry food?
March 14, 3:10pm

MLD: Contact e-mail?? Phone number??
I can't seem to find a way to con act mountain Laurel Designs. I REALLY would like to talk to someone about their pack frames & hip belt options. What gives with this company?

In GEAR » MLD pack's volume reduction system
March 14, 3:08pm

Two suggestions
1. Tarptent Moment DW - I own one and love it. Lots of room for one and it has 2 doors & 2 vestibules. 2. Six Moon Designs Skyscape (silnylon version) - a hybrid 1/2 wall tent that is very l...

In GEAR » Starting to go UL, looking at tents
March 12, 11:18pm

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