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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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Long sleeves
A rain parka with sleeves that are a bit "too long" are really not too long when you reach out. At that time they are just right. That and the extra butt coverage is why I ordered my...

In GEAR » ID eVENT Jacket Sizing
March 23, 10:42pm

NIK WAX Down Proof
Has anyone used NIK WAX "Down Proof" wash-in waterproofing on their down bag? I'm interested in using it on my WM Megalite. It appears that it can help make the down itself much mo...

In GEAR » NIK WAX Down Proof
March 22, 9:43pm

OK, at 26 oz. for the ID tent I'd still go for my 28 oz. solo TarpTent Moment with a floor and netting AND excellent ventilation. If sufficiently motivated I could "accomodate" a f...

In GEAR » ID Sil Dome pics
March 22, 9:22pm

CC Tri Ti
I recommend the CC Tri Ti for nearly the efficiency of a BB with, as mentioned in the posts above, longer burning time per fuel feed. Please read my post on Backpacking Lightweight titled &quo...

In GEAR » Bushbuddy -vs- Ti-Tri Inferno
March 21, 8:14pm

No, my trail name was "Chases Skirts" but I've since reformed and it's now "Dances With Gear".

In GEAR » Measuring canister fuel levels
March 21, 8:09pm

Have you looked at the TT Scarp 2 W/mesh inner? Two vestibules & good room.

In GEAR » BA, TT and Hilleberg tents
March 21, 8:06pm

When I first discovered this method I was so overjoyed that I ran around the camp naked yelling EUREKA! (the name of the woman I was chasing !-)

In GEAR » Measuring canister fuel levels
March 21, 8:01pm

Interesting gadget, a spring scale - but that's the problem, one more thing to carry.

In GEAR » Measuring canister fuel levels
March 21, 12:37pm

Measuring canister fuel levels
I measure fuel levels in canisters by doing the following: 1. Float an EMPTY canister in water (after purging the air from the concave underside by tilting the caniister) 2. Note the exact w...

In GEAR » Measuring canister fuel levels
March 20, 10:18pm

Back to the main topic...
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

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