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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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Dave, I looked at the Scarpa T4 photo at "Earn Your Turns" and for the life of me could not see the difference (besides minor cosmetics) between the T4 and my Scarpa T3. IS there an...

In Winter Hiking » Some new ski stuff
January 26, 2:09pm

RAINGEAR> Cabela's Rainy River PacLite GTX parka ($99.) and pants ($99.) VERY durable. Size Large, Tall parka weighs 15 oz. PANTS> .511 brand nylon "FBI" pants (they have dou...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Gear for the Non-ultralight wanting to go a little lighter
January 25, 9:51pm

Buy a pair of eVent pants and be done with it. That way you'll have them for wind pants if needed. Just charge it and pay it off over 4 years. :)

In GEAR » Rain wrap, Cloud kilt... any other options?
January 25, 9:37pm

The CT
I have researched the CT and found from locals in Boulder who've done it end-to-end that the southern 1/2 is by far the best part of it. I guess horse and bike traffic and lack of nice scenery ...

In GEAR » Colorado Trail Clothing System
January 25, 9:26pm

Like Mike said, MSR Groundhog (aluminum stakes)or equivalent. Ti stakes are heavier in the same shape and unnecessary. The "traditional" ti stakes are too skinny for holding in sandy or l...

In GEAR » Suggestions for titanium stakes for desert
January 25, 9:14pm

My Solution
ON-THE-MOVE VEST> Lowe Alpine 300 weight Polartec pile vest CAMP INSULATION> Eddie Bauer Downlight Sweater (over vest depending on temps) SLEEP INSULATION> EB Downlight Sweater and S...

In GEAR » recommendation for vest- on the move AND insulation for camp/sleep
January 25, 9:10pm

Yeah, a .44 magnum minimum...
I'd prefer my nice .300 Winchester Magnum Browning A Bolt or better yet one of the larger calibers. And no scope, just a "hunter's" peep sight for fast target aquisition. But T...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backpacking gear recommendations for Alaska in August - Denali and Kenai Peninsula
January 25, 12:39am

Tahoe Rom Trail
I was going to recommend The Tahoe Rim Trail but after looking at my trail topo map I can see ther is almost nowhere that is not avalanche prone. Seriously, if you live in the Reno/Carson City ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Icy Snow & Backpacking
January 25, 12:32am

Thanks guys for the links.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Serious miles, serious feet
January 25, 12:05am

... you could just get a pack with a frame and sleep on a more comfortable pad. :) That way you'd be more comfortable both on and off the trail, IMHO.

In GEAR » Preferred sleeping p[ad for forming framless pack.
January 24, 12:13am

All Reader Reviews by Eric Blumensaadt

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Trail designs SideWinder
The Trail Designs Sidewinder is an "alternative" fuel stove that is a 3 fuel stove. I.e. it can burn alcohol, ESBIT tablets or wood. What's more it is highly efficient at all of these...

In Cookware - Other
June 18, 1:41am

Trail Designs SideWinder for AGG 2qt pot
My 3 cup Open Country pot is the perfect size for solo camping. It fits in the Sidewinder ti stove and using ESBIT with a modified Gram Cracker tablet holder (BGET) IMHO this is the perfect size sto...

In Stoves - Other
June 08, 2:06am

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