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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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VBL "Suit"
I just ordered a Cabala's "Packable" rain parks W/sealed seams. I'll have to remove its back netting lining. When wearing it I'll stuff the parka inside the pants and pull...

In Winter Hiking » VBL clothing v.s. VBL bag
December 18, 1:10am

Say WHAT??
Bret, Sandals in the snow? Really? REALLY??

In GEAR » Need help with footwear layering
December 18, 12:55am

I use the large JetBoil pot (1.3 L??). It's got the "Flux Ring" heat exchanger which makes it a tiny bit faster to boil when used with my MSR windscreen and Backpacker's Pantry fi...

In GEAR » what size pot for melting snow (for 2)
December 16, 11:20pm

Thor Lo
I love Thor Lo Hikers. Got 6 pair and use them all the time. They are probably the only hiking sock still made in the USA.

In GEAR » perfect sock?
December 16, 11:18pm

RE-coating silnylon??
I've given my TarpTent Moment a silicone re-coat on the outsite top 1/2 of the tent to prevent the dreaded mist-through in a driving rain. After 2 seasons of use the extra coating shows no s...

In GEAR » Impregnation
December 16, 5:12pm

ALL my backpacking and hiking is done in synthetic clothing, from my briefs and T shirt out. It's always worked well for me, heat or cold, rain, snow or dry as a popcorn f@rt. And, yes, my ...

In GEAR » T-Shirt for summer hiking
December 16, 5:05pm

Details needed
Please post your equipment list WITH weights for each item if you'd like useful responses.

In GEAR » Ireland to Austria Long Distance backpacking questions!
December 15, 2:04pm

Quilt problems
With a quilt you'd loose too much heat out the top since it won't cinch around your neck very well, unlike a mummy bag. Try to wrap your neck & shoulders with some type of insulation, a...

In GEAR » What temperature would you be comfortable at?
December 15, 2:00pm

JetBoil lids
Tom, I HATE my JB plastic lid. It has a horrible coefficient of linear expansion and shrinks like mad in cold weather. Then I can't force it on my 1 L. JB pot when I pack it up. I've had...

In GEAR » Plastic Lids for Pots
December 15, 1:38pm

Not a new idea
I once owned REI's original UL backpack, the UL 60, which had a similar connection between the shoulder straps. It was a narrow nylon tube webbing that ran through flat webbing loops and had a ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Black Diamond Infinity 60 & Innova 50 Backpack Review
December 15, 1:24pm

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