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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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Ridgerest & Trail Pro
I carry the Trail Pro self-inflating mattress in my pack and the Ridgerest, in its stuff sack, strapped to the bottom of my pack. You can also strap each mattress to the sides of your pack.* ...

In GEAR » pairing a ridgerest with an do you carry that darned thing??
January 11, 1:56pm

MSR Dragonfly stove 4 SALE
MSR Dragonfly stove with 2 pumps (original and newer version), maintenance and repair kit -> $75. (Retail $139. @ REI) This is the best (lowest) simmering liquid fuel stove on the market ...

In Gear Swap » MSR Dragonfly stove 4 SALE
January 11, 1:53pm

Subdued colors
I prefer subdued colors. (Plus I also sometimes must "stealth camp".) That's why I like the olive and avocado colors of my former REI Cruise UL 60 pack and am not so crazy about th...

In GEAR » Pack Color Preferences
January 11, 1:40pm

No more running for me since 1997
In '97 I herniated my L4 and L5 discs. The radiologist described it as "Moderately large herniation..." My physical therapist saved me from the knife but said "NO MORE RUNNING...

In GEAR » Old Guys Backpacking
January 11, 1:32pm

Fruitcake is pretty d@mn dense. But it's tough to find a palatable fruitcake. ;o)

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Volumetrically Dense Food?
January 09, 8:58pm

PALEO in winter!
Take raw, frozen meat along. (boned, of course) hamburger and sausage is great

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Paleo backpackers??
January 09, 8:57pm

Why use Aqua Mira drops when Katadyn chlorine dioxide tablets are available? Aqua Mira drops are SO 20th centuty. ;o)

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » AquaMira drops
January 09, 8:50pm

>SPAM... OK BUT only if it's fried and eaten along with omelette or pancakes > cheese - ALWAYS > Cadbury bar - I prefer Trader Joe's 1 lb. semi-sweet bar with almonds. SOOO g...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » BEST WINTER FOODS?
January 09, 8:44pm

Liner sox
Be sure to wear thin poly liner sox under your neoprene sox/booties. Then replace them with clean liner sox every night before bed. Try to turn neoprene sox/booties inside out to dry, if possibl...

In Winter Hiking » Final questions before snow shoeing trip
January 09, 8:36pm

Rain parka as wind parka and shell
I agree with Bob, I ONLY carry a rain parka and use it also as a wind jacket and shell over my down or synthetic jacket. My rain parka (and pants) is REI's eVent Kimtah series, which I under...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » A different approach, and why others don't do this?
January 09, 8:23pm

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