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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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Ian's C4 uses
Reminds me of the saying, "There is no problem that cannot be solved with the proper amount of explosives." ;o) And other "Downrange Wisdom": >"Incoming has the...

In GEAR » knife vs saw vs hatchet vs axe!
March 05, 8:24pm

#4, fer sure Dude!
I'd go with the TN Laser for many reasons but mainly for its ability to withstand high winds better than your alternative shelters. Similar to the TerraNova Laser is my Tarptent Moment DW (W...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Which shelter?
March 05, 8:13pm

Amazing fortitude!
This is a true adventure story. Very few have done this and the time it took them was quite fast. In this season it's as much about skill as it is proper gear. As a backountry skier I respe...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trauma & Pepper finish their winter-thru of the PCT
March 05, 7:54pm

Pack sizing
My Osprey EXOS 58 SHOULD be a size Medium based on my measurements on an Osprey sizing device. But I opted for a size Large so the shoulder straps would not wrap around my shoulder and put weig...

In GEAR » Pack that doesn't lead to shoulder pain
March 02, 4:16pm

GREAT STORIES AND GREAT PHOTOS. Just what I was hoping for. Yes, I AM jealous of you guys. Fun Hogs! But it's snowed a bit (12 inches) in my Spring Mountains and more is falling today a...

In Winter Hiking » North Easterners, please report on your frigid winter camping
March 01, 4:11pm

"Multi-Fuel" stoves & "The Best Exotic Stove"
I think this stove would work well in a small Caldera Cone setup. My own answer is the Trail Designs Sidewinder and the mating 3 cup anodized aluminum mating pot. I can burn alcohol, ESBIT, a...

In Editor's Roundtable » Candle Stoves
March 01, 4:02pm

The Best Exotic ESBIT Stove
Yeah, it's a takeoff on the movie title but appropriate. Below is what I have found to be THE most efficient ESBIT stove system. Believe me, I've tried them all. THE BEST EXOTIC ESBIT...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Esbit - what am I doing wrong?
February 28, 4:13pm

Cheap, crude but effective
1. I have found 2 MIL thickness plastic sheeting very adequate. 2. For lighter weight I use a 1 MIL thick "entrance area" 2 ft. X 2 ft. piece for my solo tent in high abrasion areas li...

In GEAR » Groundsheet alternatives?
February 28, 4:03pm

XL eVent over my down
I normally take a size Large parka but got an XL eVent parka to fit over my down jacket (see my avatar). It works very well. BUT my next down jacket, like my new EB Storm Down vest, will have D...

In GEAR » Shell to go over a down parka with 13.5oz of down
February 27, 10:08am

Caldera Cone
How about a Tri Ti or Sidewinder ti sheet metal stove WITH the Inferno wood burner insert. You can use alcohol, ESBIT tablets or wood with that outfit. And it's very light. Mating pot is bes...

In GEAR » Best UL stove for use in random international places
February 22, 12:02am

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