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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 used Silnet from the tube on my new Moment DW and it looks like Dale's seams. Hard to only use a light coat with that very viscous stuff. I rubbed it into the threads with my forefinger and s...

In GEAR » Why Doesn't Tarptent Seam Seal Their Tents?
June 15, 7:12pm

3 good brands
I have synthetic long sleeved shirts form REI (Sahara), Cabela's (Guidewear) and Columbia (Titanium). All are good shirts but I like Cabela's the best, REI second best. BTW... I have...

In GEAR » Long sleeve hiking shirts
June 15, 6:52pm

Frameless Packs
I'd try a frameless pack with 20 lbs. before you buy one. MHO frameless packs are good for loads 15 lbs. or less. Osprey's take on frameless packs is that the "comfort" deri...

In GEAR » Help me choose a new pack!
June 13, 4:25pm

Tiny skillets...
JJ, Yeah it's darn small but for scrambled eggs and (thick) pancakes it's OK. Like most of us "skillet packers" I only take it for times when I know I'll do scrambled eg...

In GEAR » Best UL non-stick frying pan for the trail?
June 12, 11:58pm

Steve F., you went through the same evolutionary process I have and ended with eVent. >Yeah, I still have a standard GTX REI parka from the '90s. Taped seams are peeling- >And I still...

In GEAR » UL rainjacket with good breathability chat
June 12, 11:44pm

Goldurn Rex, how's I miss that neato thread? Hydrogen energy cells, motion-activat4ed chargers, PV solar cells, fans AND Power Felt. You pretty much covered the topic. But Power Felt does...

In GEAR » Forget PV panels - Now there's "POWER FELT"
June 12, 11:34pm

SVEA 123???!
James m' boy, dost thou mean that thee prefers the SVEA 123? God love ya. I thought those stoves, like my ancient 1970 SVEA 123, were all mantle decorations by now. OHHHHH, 'tis wonde...

In GEAR » Jetboil Sol Titanium Stove
June 12, 9:24pm

Osprey = comfort
Look at the Osprey Sirrus 36 (2,200 cu. in.). Osprey's packs are VERY comfortable, with a mesh trampoline back and soft hip belt and shoulder harness. I strongly recommend against a frameles...

In GEAR » ultralight pack that will fit very small woman well
June 12, 9:13pm

Forget PV panels - Now there's "POWER FELT"
Recently on the Science Channel I saw an article about "Power Felt", a square comprised of carbon nano tubes (1/1,000 the width of a human hair). This stuff provides much more wattage ...

In GEAR » Forget PV panels - Now there's "POWER FELT"
June 12, 8:58pm

Wally Mart One egg skillet
Wally Mart has a CERAMIC coated small (5" inside dia.) frying pan that is better for non-stick than a similar Teflon coated pan that I used previously. I ground the handle rivets down (from...

In GEAR » Best UL non-stick frying pan for the trail?
June 12, 8:50pm

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