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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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MSR Dragonfly
For relability, heat output at max and fuel savings on simmer I would use the Dragonfly. I've had mine for 10 years and love it. Be SURE to take the MSR Dragonfly repair kit with you just in ca...

In GEAR » Stove for winter camping.
August 15, 12:33am

Light and fast
I recently got a Brunton Flex canister stove that I like for its light weight, wide flame ring (no hot spot on the bottom of my pot)and folding compactness for storage. The Flex, being made by Opri...

In GEAR » basic stove?
August 12, 6:41pm

Tarptent's solution
I like TarpTent's answer. They use Kelty Triptease reflective lines W/ their own very light and very reliable plastic tensioners. The weight difference between the Spectra 100# test braided...

In GEAR » Ultimate Cord/Guylines?
August 12, 12:17pm

I'd go for the MLD Exodus for the extra room - OR the Burn with add-on side pockets for the extra rooma and easy access to often-used items. My current pack is an REI Cruise UL 60 W/ REI si...

In GEAR » MLD Burn
August 12, 12:09pm

Yes, and yes

In GEAR » Bug netting skirt in the snow
August 12, 11:54am

The Down Mid-Layer
After reading the extensive reviews on light down jackets Will Riveted recently posted I've got to say that these light down jackets/"sweaters" may be the most used backpacking midlay...

In GEAR » Favorite Mid-Layer?
August 12, 11:51am

Merrill shoes
Try Merrill's GTX version of their Moab Ventilator shoe. I have the Merrill Moab Mid GTX boot as well as the companion Ventilator shoe. Love 'em both.

In GEAR » Trail Runner Suggestions for Snow?
August 11, 2:01pm

"Open" Fires
My leaning is toward a Caldera Cone Ti stove for several reasons, not the least of which is the more contained fire within the cone. Also I prefer the greater ease of fueling the CC Ti and that mea...

In GEAR » Bushbuddy or BushBuddy Ultra?
August 11, 1:52pm

Hey, good story and photos. You inspire me to do some MYOG projects. Most of my MYOG projects to date have been merely modifications of commercial gear. Your tent looks interesting. As for a sl...

In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG Goes to the Mountains
August 11, 1:39pm

Sherpa & Eddie Bauer down jackets
The Sherpa down jacket looks and tests a lot like the Eddie Bauer First Ascent Down Sweater. The Sherpa's weight is 1.5 oz. heavier than the Bauer jacket, a small amount for most folks. B...

In Editor's Roundtable » Sherpa Pangboche Down Sweater Review
August 11, 1:28am

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