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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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I wonder if the USFS would permit some kinds of ESBIT stoves where usually only canister stoves are allowed. I'm thinking specifically of Trail Designs' Cone stoves with Gram Cracker ESB...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Fire restrictions up north here already
June 18, 6:49pm

Durability is a concern to me with Marmot's proprietary WPB laminates. I'm sticking to eVent but 6 oz. is VERY interesting for a WPB parka.

In GEAR » Marmot Essense Rain Jacket with NanoPro Membrain
June 18, 6:43pm

improved AKTO-like tents
I suppose the Tarptent Scarp 1 with two Xing poles and ripstop inner could be classified as a "super AKTO" on terms of wind and snow load resistance. This is specially true if one goes ...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent thread
June 18, 6:41pm

Narikki, those conditions are not winter, just autumn- like. What you have is probably OK. Don't forget a stocking cap for sleeping and heavier "sleep socks". Light fleece gloves ...

In GEAR » Winter layering suggestions
June 17, 11:35pm

But if the Koreans ever get into making UL backpacking gear I'll bet it will be high quality stuff.

In GEAR » Korean-made Lightweight Gear
June 17, 11:31pm

I'm with Roger when it comes to bowls. I just carry a cut down ZipLoc wide bottomed fridge' bowl to fit in my 3 cup pot that goes with my CC Sidewinder stove. Inside the bowl sits a plastic...

In GEAR » New camp plates: plastic or metal (aluminum, etc)?
June 17, 11:25pm

Me too...
I'm going to Yosemite in July from Vogelsang to Lambert Dome. Previously I've backpacked from White Wolf to Tuolumne Meadows and loved it - except when a big rattlesnake crossed my path ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Yosemite Adventures
June 17, 11:15pm

Alex m' lad, Listen not to the din of anti new gear naysayers. Go forth and purchase what thou doest desire but only after much research, testing and lusting after the item(s). "N...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New guy introduction
June 15, 8:21pm

"Chicken" disease
There's an African disease carried now by mosquitos in the US. The first part of the name sounds like "chicken" and the entire African name translates to "pain that bends you ove...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » DEET
June 15, 8:03pm

EVERY ski season
I lose both big toe nails in the early summer after each ski season. It's another sign ski season is over.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How to stop toenail loss?
June 15, 7:15pm

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