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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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My "System"
STOVE> Brunton FLEX POT> 1 liter aluminum anodized W. homemade "pie plate" lid to save weight WINDSCREEN> MSR aluminum

In GEAR » Best cooking system
May 24, 10:29pm affectation
I think Delrin or Lexan plastic utensils are superior to Ti any day. They don't get too hot or cold, as does Ti. Try eating W/ Ti at -10 F.! Not fun.

In GEAR » Plastic spork vs Ti spork ?
May 24, 10:18pm

AHA! That's what I thought & why I asked. I should have done "search" 1st. "If it sounds too good to be true ..." Thanks guys. Money & chills saved.

In GEAR » Thermolite insulated bag liner
May 23, 1:26am

Thermolite insulated bag liner
REI carries Sea to Summit Thermolite sleeping bag liners. I have a WM Megalite so there's enough room for an insulated bag liner. The Thermolite Plus liner at 9.3 oz. claims to give a 20 F....

In GEAR » Thermolite insulated bag liner
May 22, 1:40pm

David, My 1st internal frame pack was a North Face Ruthsac. I modified it into a 2 panel opener W/ a zip down floor between the compartments. If I had been THINKING I'd have bought a Rive...

In GEAR » New Rivendell Mountain Works Day Packs!
May 22, 1:19pm

TOUGHEST LIGHT PANTS (for the money)
I have 2 pair of "5.11" brand pants. They are made for law enforcement but are great for backpacking SPECS: 1. nylon "canvas" material 2. double knees W inside opening for ...

May 21, 1:29pm

A different pack
Take a look at Cabela's Camelbak "Ranger" pack. It IS in camo, being primarily for hunting but it has a lot of features you would need in winter such as: 1. neoprene sheath insulat...

In GEAR » Snowshoe Daypack
May 12, 2:19pm

CREE bulbs best?
Are CREE bulbs still the brightest LED bulbs out there? If so I wish Princeton Tec would use them instead of Luxeon for their brightest bulbs.

In GEAR » CREE bulbs best?
May 11, 3:18pm

Coating of soap
Coat your pot W/ soap BEFORE using it. The soot sticks to the soap, not the pot, so it washes right off. (old Boy Scout trick)

In GEAR » Trail Designs Ti-Tri Caldera Stove test
May 11, 3:10pm

Stake Storage
1. Roll up tent & pack it in stuffsack 2. put stakes in their litle sack 3. slide stake sack in between the rolled tent & its stuffsack

In GEAR » Packing Tent Stakes.
May 05, 3:42pm

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