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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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... IMHO it's barely enough protection in a light rain, let alone a thunderstorm.

In GEAR » My new TN ltra 1 w/ net tent, half pyramid! SUL
June 25, 5:45pm

Malibu style
Yeah, REI's marketing director(s) must spend a lot of time shopping in Malibu where a simple dress shirt tops $200. It's about selling and $$$ and REI stores and catalogs reflect where ...

In GEAR » Thoughts on new REI EVRGRN line, catalogs, offers and light polluting tents...
June 25, 5:43pm

Boiling water
I can boil 2 cups with my regular size ESBIT tablets. Never need to do more but when I finish my tests (currently 2 cups) I'll try a full pot of 3 cups. I think I may need 2 tablets.

In GEAR » Esbit burner testing
June 24, 8:47pm

Crying "FIRE!" in a crowded theater...
Ben, I hear you. Freedom of speech and expression is a First Amendment right. But there are situations when it is really wrong, as my subject heading reminds us. Just as putting a plaque with th...

In Chaff » SC Governor is So Wrong!
June 24, 8:30pm

BGET trays
Dan, I use a tray like the rectangular one at 2 o'clock in your photo. I use it INSIDE my Gram Cracker for easier storage so I can still remove the side plates from the Gram Cracker.

In GEAR » Esbit burner testing
June 24, 3:17pm

Tarp Entrance Porch
Monte, I like the shape of the foot end of your tarp. In fact I like it so much that if it were my tarp I'd put the same thing on the front with a sewn-on "addition". That way you ...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » SUL Cuben Summit Tarp: rain/wind bomber?
June 24, 2:31pm

Thermal conductivity of metals & hot spots
Bob, I agree with your graphs of boil times and stand corrected. BUT... (You knew this was coming ;o) from my experience with both canister and white gas stoves I've found that Ti pots do...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » UL winter cook kit
June 24, 2:19pm

Quilts, Mummies and SUL
Aaron, It looks from your list that you're OK to 32 -30 F. with your quilt. But... quilts are just not as thermally efficient as full on mummy bags so if you want to go lower and still st...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » How low in Temp can you go SUL?
June 24, 2:07pm

Carbon Felt Pad
Dan, So did you find the carbon felt pad combined with the "legless" BGET tab holder worked better than a regular BGET holder? i.e. better burn of remaining liquid fuel, faster boil ti...

In GEAR » Esbit burner testing
June 24, 1:47pm

Wet silk
Silk will hold a LOT of perspiration and, IMHO, is for sedentary situations. For sleeping it's up to you but I like thin polyester long johns for spring and fall or summer above 7,000 ft. Pl...

In GEAR » Terramar Thermasilk - cold?
June 23, 11:36pm

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