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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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PT Scout, EOS and Quad are all in my packs. The little Scout is my fav for summer backpacking.

In GEAR » What "USA made" headlamp you use?
May 06, 12:41am

Old Standard
Bjorn Kjellstrom's "Be Expert With Map & Compass" is still about the best book on the subject. It has gone through many revisions. Be sure to get a decent Silva-type protractor...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Learning how to use topo maps?
May 03, 7:26pm

Uh Oh!
Yet ANOTHER stove to buy... The Gnat has the necessary wider burner. I suppose I could give up one pot stand to get that weight. Anyone want a Brunton Flex?

In GEAR » gear weight comparison awakening
May 02, 6:07pm

CC pot
I recently got a Caldera Cone Sidewinder Ti stove with their 3 cup anodized aluminum pot. That pot & lid is very light but of high quality. It also comes in a less expensive "non-stick&quo...

In GEAR » pot recommendations
May 02, 3:21pm

Caldera Cone's efficiency
I know it's 'spensive but Trail Designs' Caldera Cone alky stove is VERY efficient. Alcohol, even ethanol, has a fairly low BTU content compared to most other fuels. Conserving all ...

In GEAR » Alchy Stove Recomendations for Scout Troops
May 02, 3:13pm

gear weight comparison awakening
Recently I found that my cherished 1 L. aluminum pot and DIY piepan cover STILL weighed almost 85% more than a 3 cup anodized aluminum pot and lid from Trail Designs. Also I just assumed that two s...

In GEAR » gear weight comparison awakening
May 02, 2:56pm

Natural sleeping aid
I'm usually so d@mn tired from driving and hiking the first day that on the first night I sleep like a baby. I guess the first day effort is a "natural" sleeping aid. From then on ...

In GEAR » I don't sleep well when camping...
May 02, 2:37pm

Weaastern Mountaineering
I've had a WM Megalite (32 F.) bag for four summers and love it. It's a wider version of the Summerlite. It works great as a quilt W/ my full length Thermarest stuck in its foot. In coo...

In GEAR » Summer Bag Recommendations??
April 30, 1:35pm

hot spots
If you're using ti pots or kettles then yes, you'll have hot spots. Non-stick or anodized aluminum will spread teh heat much better. Too I know that ESBIT concentrates its heat more tha...

In GEAR » Caldera cone question
April 29, 2:53pm

One of these days...
One of these days I'll likely be in the same predicament as Bob - not being able to find dry wood for my CC Inferno. I dread that situation. So far I've been fortunate here in the Spring Mo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Winter stove ?
April 28, 11:42pm

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