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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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Utah's fine dust
After backpacking in dusty southern Utah's Grand Escalante area I've always put my Tarptents in the bathtub and rinsed them several times until no more sandy dust appeared in the tub. Th...

In GEAR » Cleaning silnylon tent (TarpTent Notch)
November 25, 1:15pm

Get a hammock with a big roof that extends well beyond your hammock with an attached bug netting on both sides. If the roof is guyed out so it comes down a bit for privacy that's good too. ...

In GEAR » Semi-commercial sleeping gear for the jungle
November 25, 1:00pm

My "kitchen"
POT-> 3 cup anodized aluminum pot & lid from Trail Designs (Fits my Sidewinder CC stove cone.) BOWL-> cut down Zip-Loc fridge bowl to fit inside the 3 cup pot CUP-> plastic "...

In GEAR » What do you use to eat with in the backcountry?
November 25, 12:54pm

Ti and coated aluminum pots -Eeeewwww!
I totally eschew Ti cookware (pots, fry pans, mugs & utensils). Ceramic coated or anodized aluminum spreads heat far better than Ti, is lighter and much less expensive. My little "one ...

In GEAR » Cheap things that work as good or better than expensive things
November 25, 12:41pm

EB and LLBean & Down Tek DWR
My wife ordered an EB down vest for me for Christmas. Bless her. It has Down Tek DWR treatment. I recommend you get ONLY a parka with down DWR treatment like Down Tek due to its excellent wate...

In GEAR » Down Parka for the wife
November 25, 12:29pm

My CO detector
Thank God you and yours are OK. BTW, I have a CO detector on the wall outlet in the master bedroom hallway. I put it in after a fireman told me I need one as much as a smoke detector. that's...

In GEAR » Don't forget gear for the house.
November 25, 12:24pm

EXOS mesh side pockets
Owen, I'm going to use light silnylon detachable side pockets that will end up protecting the mesh side pockets and add 400 to the pack. I like side pockets for storing stuff I need i...

In GEAR » Finally got an Osprey EXOS 58 backpack
November 25, 12:20pm

I like my Merrill Moab Mid GTX boots. Very comfortable, protective and about as light as possible for an over-the-ankle boot.

In GEAR » Recommend a GTX lightweight boot?
November 25, 1:40am

EB down vest
I KNOW Santa is bringing me an Eddie Bauer down vest (W/ Down Tek DWR treated down) because I ordered it on my wife's Am Ex card. :o) She indulges me occasionally.

In GEAR » What Are You Hoping Santa Brings You This Christmas?
November 25, 1:36am

Finally got an Osprey EXOS 58 backpack
"NEW ITEM WORSHIP" time Last week at REI's 20% Off Sale I used used a $50. gift certificate and got a total of $90. off an EXOS 58 pack. The more I look it over the more I like ...

In GEAR » Finally got an Osprey EXOS 58 backpack
November 25, 1:33am

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