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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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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

TD Sidewinder ti stove & 3 cup pot
I have Trail Designs Sidewinder stove, 3 cup pot and Inferno gassier wood burning stove insert. The 3 cup anodized aluminum pot & lid are perfect for solo cooking or just water boiling. Thi...

In GEAR » Solo cooking set.
January 23, 7:09pm

Duluth Trading Co. nylon pants
Today I discovered a work clothing site for nylon pants and polyester shirts. Duluth Trading Co. has five (count 'em, 5) styles of nylon pants from lightweight to 6.5 oz.. Prices are very r...

In GEAR » Duluth Trading Co. nylon pants
January 23, 7:05pm

Bret, You have just described my Osprey EXOS 58, size Large in almost every detail. Love that pack, and REI stocks them. Got mine with a gift certificate and a 20% off sale combined. (Drop la...

In GEAR » Looking for a new pack
January 22, 8:54pm

I use thick wool socks that have never seen boots but I think fleece sox would be even warmer.

In GEAR » Cold sleepers: What are your go-to sleeping socks?
January 22, 2:17pm

Good but not UL
I like my Merrill Moab GTX Mid "boots". Light enough for me and very durable.

In GEAR » Best UL Hiker for mud, wet roots / boardwalks, and wet rocks
January 22, 2:10pm

I'm trying to visualize your setup. Is it anything like a Packa? The Packa is, to me, the most likely design to have less condensation and more protection than most other alternatives.

In GEAR » Hiking Condensation-free in Rain
January 21, 1:23pm

My backup used to be a 2nd lighter - until it failed too and, like you, I had to borrow fire. Now I carry a good lighter and a Firesteel setup, Especially if I'm using my TD Sidewinder ESBIT...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Do you carry a backup fire starter? What and Why or Why Not?
January 20, 11:51pm

Outsak works!
While backpacking in Utah's Coyote Gulch several of our party used Outsaks. I thought it was overkill but when ravens and ring-tailed cats tried getting in them the contents remained untouc...

In GEAR » Outsak: a happy customer.
January 20, 11:46pm

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