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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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"Seriousnessly" though...
Tyler, If you like alky stoves I highly reccomend any of the Caldera Cone aluminum stoves/pots/10-12 alky burners. Without question these cone stoves have proven to be the most efficient alky s...

In GEAR » Critique my cook setup
December 16, 7:43pm

"Incredible shrinking pots"
I have MANY, many, many stoves (another story) and a few pots. One is 1.5 L., one is 1 L. and my fav is 3 cups. ALL my pots are aluminum because I don't think Ti pots make sense in any way,...

In GEAR » Critique my cook setup
December 16, 6:41pm

Suunto owner/hater
Yeah, I have a 1st gen Suunto and it SUCKS up batteries. And it SUCKS at ease of use. And its night time illumination SUCKS. Did I mention this watch SUCKS?

In GEAR » Let's see a picture of your WATCH thread.
December 16, 6:30pm

Tarptent Scarp 2 mod post
This is not a "made-by-me" tent but a "modded-by-me" tent. Look in WINTER HIKING at the "Scarp 2 For Winter?" thead. For those thinking of modding their tent I say ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Tarptent Scarp 2 mod post
December 15, 4:30pm

Mik Matra's Gerber is only a wee bit smaller than my Bear Grylls Gerber folder. I added a lanyard to keep from losing it. Both Mik's and mine have no metal handle liner, just polymer,...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » unltralite knife
December 15, 4:16pm

Tarptent weights
I dunno about the Notch but my similar (oiginal) TT Moment was only 1.5 oz. heaveier than advertised. My TT Contrail was 0.5 oz. lighter My TT Scarp 2 was almost 2 oz. heavier So they are ...

In GEAR » Tarptent Notch real world weights
December 12, 8:09pm

Oh YEAH??!
Well, I have two pair of Cabela's polyester long john tops and bottoms that I have had for 18 years. Wore tehm XC ski patrolling, XC racing, hunting ans winter camping and now alpine ski patrol...

In GEAR » Long-Long-Long Term Test: Smartwool Long Johns
December 12, 8:06pm

DWR down
While I love my Eddie Bauer down sweater (in my avatar) these days I would get ONLY a DWR treated down garment or bag.

In GEAR » Best choice among the UL down jackets?
December 12, 8:03pm

BIG selection of gloves
CABELA'S has a very big selection of gloves. Personally I like GTX shells that can accept pile liners. Pile liners can be found even at K Mart or Wally Mart. Always take a spare set of liner...

In GEAR » Best DURABLE glove?
December 12, 8:01pm

Fry pans
I have tried 4 different fry pans. 1 Ti fry pan from Japan-> WORST d@mn pan made. Hot spot in center, cool on the edges and food sticks like crazy. 2. 8" aluminum non-stick-> Nice ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Pancakes
December 11, 5:22pm

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