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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'm a confirmed TT Moment user but IF I were to use something lighter the Spinshelter looks good. Except, of course, that the light dacron fabric is not nearly as strong as silnylon. Care must ...

In GEAR » Fully beaked tarps?
February 06, 1:09pm

Fix for tents W/CF captive rods
I have owned a TT Contrail and now own a TT Moment. Both had short captive carbon fiber rods in contact with the ground. They are encased in a grossgrain fabric tube. My Moment tubes ae beginning t...

In GEAR » Fix for tents W/CF captive rods
February 04, 2:48pm

Old poly longies
Cut off an older pair of polyester or polyproplene long johns to just above the knees. Ths will insulate your femoral arteries for more warmth. You can wear them alone, or over other long johns in ...

In GEAR » Durable pair of wool boxers?
February 03, 9:40pm


In GEAR » ion mask-ed down?
February 03, 6:22pm

FireLite fuel tab source??
I have exactly 48 FireLite fuel tabs left. BPL no longer sells them and I can't seem to find them on the internet. Where can I buy more FireLite fuel tabs?

In GEAR » FireLite fuel tab source??
February 02, 4:15pm

Alky & solid fuel "stand/stove"
The Vargo Triad stove is also a stand. With the alky butner removed it's a great solid fuel stove. (Two tabs at a time is best.) BUT, to conserve heat for faster cooking times I always u...

In GEAR » Ultralight Pot Stand?
February 02, 3:30pm

Ortovox S1 operation
Let me be more clear on the S1 use. It is a digital, 3 antenna beacon/reciever and in recieve mode will permit you to walk a zig-zag search pattern for a fast search to find the general area of a v...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Advances in Avy Gear
February 01, 9:53pm

Forget Whitney...
Forget Whitney and just hike to the top of Olancha Peak right on the PCT and look over at Whitney and the ridiculous line of people going up. That Olancha boulder field climb will make you not want...

In GEAR » Quick question PCT Permit
February 01, 9:41pm

"Well Punk, do you feel lucky?"
What 1st aid stuff you cary all depends on how lucky you feel. But the Sierra Club's stats show THE most common 1st aid problem after blisters is ankle sprains. So carry a roll of ACE banda...

In GEAR » First aid and rescue kits - what to leave behind?
February 01, 9:36pm

Horse (mule) shoes!!!
If you hike places like Yosemite and the Grand Canyon you'll find it's REALLY the steel shod "animules" that ruin our precious trails. I say BAN those mules and horses and go t...

In Chaff » Trail runners should be banned from trails
February 01, 9:23pm

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