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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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Philippine typhoon disaster & preparedness
As a former Peace Corps Volunteer (Philippines - '66 - '67) and having returned many times since, I can tell you that this disaster is unprecedented there. We have found in an e-mail from ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Philippine typhoon disaster & preparedness
November 11, 8:10pm

PLUS sterilization
Remember,by EPA standards a filter alone does NOT produce purified water. Purification: 1. boiling 2. UV rays (like Steripen) 3. Chlorine dioxide tablets (my preferred) or liquid mixture 4...

In GEAR » Sawyer Filter for Cow Water ?
November 11, 7:34pm

Uh Huh!
I see my mildly naughty post was DELETED!! I'm shocked!, SHOCKED! I tell you. Well, perhaps I did stray outside the bounds of Boy Scout propriety but, hey, most of us here are adults and the...

In GEAR » Do inflatable pads work ok
November 10, 3:06pm

North Dakota wind measurement device
In North Dakota a log chain tied on a pole is used for measuring wind speed. Breezy-> chain moves a bit Windy-> chain moves out to a 45 degree angle VERY windy-> chain links begin...

In GEAR » Accurately Estimating Wind Speed
November 09, 6:20pm

"Lightest" ski goggle
Now don't get me wrong, no well intentioned questioned is silly. But this one did make me smile. But if you DO find a ski goggle that is comfortable and doesn't fog easily you will forg...

In GEAR » LIGHTEST ski goggle?
November 09, 6:10pm

Triptease
Plain ol' Kelty Triptease reflecting cord. Works great.

In GEAR » Favorite guy line?
November 06, 3:14pm

Just do not...
...wear a gridded fleece more than one day. Keeping it on steadily for 24 hours will cause your limbs to begin itching from the "semi-permenant" grid pattern the clothing inflicts on your...

In GEAR » Grid Fleeces, any major differences between them?
November 06, 3:12pm

LESS gear??! Blasphmey!
I confess, I have acqquires more backpacking gear over the decades and I love it. So now I have winter gear and 3 season gear. And then there's "The Other Gear": 18.5 ft. kev...

In GEAR » What ways are you reducing your "Gear" outside of backpacking?
November 06, 3:00pm

AAARRRGGGHHH!!
Making Focus Fire type chimneys is driving me nuts. Getting the exact shape for a larger chimney is not easy and gives me s lot of respect for Jon Fong's work. Guess I need computer aided sc...

In GEAR » Another look at the "Fire Focus 14" ESBIT burner
November 05, 10:36pm

YEP
Cascade Designs replaced an ancient Thermarest Lite with delamination with a Prolite mattress no charge. This is the second time they have done that for me. The first time was when a brass air v...

In GEAR » NeoAir Xtherm redesign?
November 05, 3:02pm

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