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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'd recommed an upgrade to the Optimus Crux. It's the Brunton Flex, made by Optimus to Brunton's specs. I have one and like it. BTW, take ESBIT tabs as a backup to canister stoves. U...

In GEAR » Best Canister Stove Choices?
March 20, 10:08pm

Is that Hawaiian shirt synthetic? B/C cotton or silk will hold water like a sponge. 1.Stick with the Patagucchi Micropuff jacket. Consider it a safety item as well as a comfort item. 2.Get RE...

In GEAR » clothing for the colorado trail
March 20, 10:01pm

Is the Jak Pak a 2-in-one product or can it also serve as a pack cover?

In Editor's Roundtable » JakPak All-In-One Garment Review
March 20, 9:46pm

Take a look at Cabela's online catalog for large dome tents. They've got a good selection.

In GEAR » TT Hogback vs. Golite 2010 Shangri-La 5+
March 19, 10:41am

Final note:
The discussion of ski length & width is not just about ease of turning UNLESS your B/C goal id mainly finding fresh pow to carve up. If, as Dave said, you are winter "backpacking" ...

In Winter Hiking » Backcountry/Tele Skiing
March 18, 11:32pm

Gene, Good luck on your trip. Eric

In GEAR » Garmin Oregon 550 or 550t?
March 18, 11:05pm

I perfer boots to keep out debris. I have Danner 453 GTX mid weight boots but they're shot so I'm getting some Merrrill Moab Mid boots. They are lighter and also GTX lined. PLUS they come i...

In GEAR » Trail Runners vs Backpacking Boots
March 18, 6:30pm

Rainy River PacLite
Cabela's GTX PacLite parka comes in Tall sizes and they are relatively inexpensive at $99. (Same price for the pants.) My Rainy River PacLite parka in Large, Tall weighs 15 oz. Not UL but &q...

In GEAR » Windproof ,breathable jacket
March 18, 5:45pm

LNT & the C.C. Tri Ti
Mike B.> The Tri Ti has an OPTIONAL 2 peice circular ground protection plate that is secured W/two hook-type tent stakes. No, it's not a table top WOOD stove but it can be used as a ta...

In GEAR » New Vargo Hexagon Wood Stove...Opinions?
March 18, 5:41pm

I have a size Large 2008 REI Cruise UL 60 and like it a lot. That modle has transmogrified into the Flash 60, which I like a bit less. So if'n I wuz to buy a new summer pack I'd probably...

In GEAR » Pack help - osprey exos 58?
March 16, 7:42pm

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