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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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Stock ONE other hiker? HA! I can stock THREE other hikers besides myself. Yeah, sounds ridiculous but some of the equipment is over 10 years old, like my 1970s SVEA 123 stove and SIGG Tourist cooks...

In GEAR » Who stocks enough gear for others?
February 01, 7:29pm

Tent, not Tarp
Personally I think a TarpTent or other single wall tent from Go-Lite, etc. would offer you more protection from weather and bugs for less weight than a tarp & net tent combo. I had a TT Cont...

In GEAR » PCT sleep system help
February 01, 1:54pm

TT Moment's "virtues"
On the face of it this is a REAL "apples and oranges" comparison. But here goes- I had a TT Contrail, used it for 3 summers and liked it. When the Moment came out I sold the Contrail B...

In GEAR » TT Moment vs. SMD Gatewood & Serentity combo
January 31, 11:43am

Complimentary Aspects
To me the "enlightenment" of learning about lightweight backpacking after decades of using traditional gear seemed to be complimentary to a mindset of lightweight skills. Almost autom...

In Editor's Roundtable » Be Prepared, Not Equipped
January 30, 5:13pm

Trail runners
John, I have never considered trail runners as I want ankle protection in the desert areas where I often hike and backpack. Besides, my beginning pack weight for a 7-8 day trip is up around 34 l...

In GEAR » WANTED: Lighter Boots
January 30, 3:30pm

WANTED: Lighter Boots
We all try to lighten our load and as we are all well aware the materials and design innovations have helped us all toward that goal in the past decade... but, boots are the one area where we have ...

In GEAR » WANTED: Lighter Boots
January 30, 3:12pm

I too recommend the LANSKY sharpening kit. It is the best I've found for getting a consistent edge every time, always with the correct edge angle. I've had my LANSKY kit for over 15 year...

In GEAR » knife sharpening input needed
January 30, 2:52pm

Trioxane v.s. ESBIT/FireLite
Trioxane, aside from having toxic fumes, does not have the BTUs of ESBIT, or its slightly better equivalent, U.S. made FireLite. As a fire STARTER Trioxane is "OK" but for cooking I...

In GEAR » Trioxane
January 30, 2:43pm

T shirt, etc.
No, do not "cut" the Cool Max T shirt. Wear it UNDER your capeline long johns for extra insulation. It does work. I do it all the time. And I too feel you are too light on camp wear. A...

In GEAR » Winter Clothing?
January 30, 2:31pm

I hate, hate, hate my ti skillet. Lousy heat dissipation resulting in a hot spot. Ti must be made very thin B/C it's 2X heavier than aluminum by volume. I'm looking for an aluminum skil...

In GEAR » Fry Pan?
January 28, 12:51pm

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