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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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VERRRY interesting Franco
Great photo illustrations. I'd-a never thunk of rolling back the Scarp's fly like that. But then I'm a geezer - an excuse I often use. That photo of the Scarp 1 with two mattresses i...

In GEAR » TT Stratospire 1 or Scarp 1 for 2 people?
August 17, 10:55pm

Freezer bag cooking
Buy both books on Freezer Bag Cooking. LOTS of great and far less expensive meals there. Make yourself a fleece cozy to hold the 1 qt. freezer bags while the food "cooks" for 10 to...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Sticker Shock, need a new plan
August 06, 12:31pm

I just gotta ask...
I just gotta ask, what is wrong with an anodized aluminum pot? It's lighter, heats more evenly and costs less.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » looking for titanium pot
August 06, 12:13pm

Frame Stays & Comfort
I agree with "MB", keep the hoop and stay. Comfort is NOT just about weight carried, it's also about how you carry the pack on YOUR frame. Pack frames are (if a pack is well desig...

In GEAR » Using ULA Circiit without frame/stay?
August 05, 1:33pm

Bike Nashbar
Don't forget Nashbar bags. Good bags for the money.

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » Bikepacking bag vendors
August 03, 11:28pm

"IB-lieve" The mountaineer's choice
Two Ibuprofen One Alleve Taken together with a cup (at least) of water. The IB reduces inflammation. The ALLEVE reduces pain - for most folks.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » pain reliever opinions sought
August 03, 11:26pm

Rudders & skegs
David, I don't like rudders either B/C they create too much drag. BUT, in a quartering or side wind rudders can be more useful than skegs for staying on course. My boat came with a rudd...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Entry Level Kayak Info
August 03, 11:15pm

Screened Bush Buddy?
Would a 1/8" hardware screen over (or in ) the top of a Bush Buddy qualify? The "feeding port" would have to be screened also. The Bush Buddy is one of the most efficient wood sto...

In GEAR » Self-contained wood stove
August 03, 11:08pm

I recommend Climashield fill for loft retention, especially v.s. any Primaloft iteration. If you plan to stuff and un-stuff your jacket many times over its life keep loft retention in mind. Wigg...

In GEAR » Ultralight synthetic jacket
August 03, 11:00pm

As nice as Nikon's EDGE and Monarch binos are, If'n I wuz to buy new 8X32 glass I'd get MEOPTA binoculars. They are not inexpensive by any means but are the equal of much more expen...

In GEAR » Backpack Hunting Binoculars
August 03, 10:56pm

All Reader Reviews by Eric Blumensaadt

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Trail designs SideWinder
The Trail Designs Sidewinder is an "alternative" fuel stove that is a 3 fuel stove. I.e. it can burn alcohol, ESBIT tablets or wood. What's more it is highly efficient at all of these...

In Cookware - Other
June 18, 1:41am

Trail Designs SideWinder for AGG 2qt pot
My 3 cup Open Country pot is the perfect size for solo camping. It fits in the Sidewinder ti stove and using ESBIT with a modified Gram Cracker tablet holder (BGET) IMHO this is the perfect size sto...

In Stoves - Other
June 08, 2:06am

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