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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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Western Mountaineering Megalite
I've use my WM Megalite to 26 F. and slept OK with a stocking cap, all my hiking clothes on and a 100 weight fleece vest. After that 26 F. August (yes) in the southern Sierras I sent the Me...

In GEAR » Sleeping Bag – What others should I consider?
June 05, 5:36pm

SLIDING SNOWSHOES
One should look at Hoks as "sliding snowshoes", not skis. This means Hoks and similar types will likely: 1. be easier for breaking a fresh trail than snowshoes and make it far easier...

In GEAR » Calling all Altai Hok users!
June 05, 5:25pm

Early mosquitos, Another sign of "THE END TIMES" :o(
Well, at least the end of seasons as we used to know them, now that global warming has begun to get up to speed far quicker than the experts predicted 20 years ago. REPENT! THE END OF THE WORLD ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Early Mosquito Season
June 03, 6:27pm

Ahem, Roger...
Bubbles in a "full boil" are what most people go by to purify water. But I said that alternativey (and more scientifically) we could use a digital kitchen thermometer to measure the c...

In GEAR » Esbit burner testing
June 03, 6:21pm

YEP!
I love the desert. That's probably good because I live in Henderson, NV right up against the McCullough Hills, the southern mountains of the 'Vegas valley. It's where I train for backpa...

In Editor's Roundtable » Walking Still in the Desert
June 03, 6:06pm

re. "DEFINE BOIL"
Bob, Yer keerect about the definition of "boil"' as a Full Boil would be when then entire water surface is involved in boiling but anything less could be many seconds to a minute l...

In GEAR » Esbit burner testing
June 03, 12:04am

ESBIT TEST STANDARDS
It would be nice if we could agree on some basic ESBIT testing standards. Such as... 1> SIZE OF TABLET (standard ESBIT brand tab size should be a good starting place) 2> BEGET-TYPE T...

In GEAR » Esbit burner testing
June 02, 1:31pm

EXOS - Uh huh
#1 on the EXOS 58. I love mine.

In GEAR » Good ~50L pack with "trampoline" (off the back) suspension and extension collar?
June 01, 6:22pm

BOOKS!
1. Buy some books on lightweight backpacking. 2. Read 'em and then window shop. 3. Rent gear or borrow if at all possible. Even if it's not exactly the gear you're considering it ...

In GEAR » The basic 4 if $$ were not a concern
May 30, 10:41pm

OSPREY EXOS 58
I have an Osprey EXOS 58 (size large, so it's actually a "60"). So far it is the most comfortable 3 season pack I've ever tried or owned. Osprey has hit the "comfort zone&...

In GEAR » Backpack suggestion under $300 & 3lbs; over 55L; 35-40lb load
May 30, 10:30pm

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