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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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I'll second Ben W.'s recommendation. I love my Megalite. It's big enough that I can wear extra clothes inside for more warmth if necessary and even accomodates my light Eddie Bauer Firs...

In GEAR » 30 Degree 3 Season Sleeping Bag Recommendations
August 31, 9:09pm

worth a try
Franco, I'll give it a try for white gas (petrol) & keep it in a freezer bag. I'll duct tape the bottom end to protect the bag. Thanks for the tip.

In GEAR » New (?)LW fuel container
August 31, 9:04pm

Are they aluminum? Probably so, and if Cabela's sells them they are likely heavier duty than even my strong MSR Groundhog stakes B/C Caberla's stuff is often used by outfitters. REI sells t...

In GEAR » Anybody using Cabela's tent stakes?
August 31, 2:08pm

UL spinning gear
I use a Cabela's telescoping carbon fiber spinning rod and Penn UL spinning reel W/ 6 lb. test line. the reel stays ON the rod since the line is already threades through the guides. Setting...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backcountry Fishing, Lightweight Style
August 31, 1:07am

Philippines experience
As a former Peace Corps Volunteer married to a Filipina and thus a visitor to Mindanao from time-to-time I've found REI's synthetic convertable Sahara pants and long sleeved shirts great. Y...

In GEAR » SE Asia: clothing to take?
August 31, 12:37am

Well then what about ESBIT ("Flamable Fuel".eh?)

In GEAR » Yellow Heet on plane?
August 31, 12:32am

DUCT TAPE to the rescue!
Dave, I know exactly what you mean re. the Platy neck creases. Just use heavy duty duct tape (like Gorilla tape) on the areas near the Platy neck when it's new in order to mitigate the s...

In GEAR » Any issues witht he collapsible plasic water containers?
August 30, 1:29am

5.11 pants
Eugene, I treat my 5.11 nylon "canvas" pants with BOTH NikWax wash-in DWR and Revivex spray-on DWR. This dual system treatment works very well for me on many garments needing a lasting...

In GEAR » Pants for winter/snow
August 30, 1:22am

Princenton Tech
Three of my headlamps are Princeton Tech. in order of lightness: 1.Scout (lightest, for summer) 2.Quad (regulated circuit, for winter) 3.EOS Tactical (regulated, for hunting) I really lik...

In GEAR » What's your lightweight illumination solution?
August 29, 3:02pm

'spensive but dual-duty
I'd recommend a pair of eVent pants because they breath much better than Gore-Tex but will keep you dry in winter rain and wet snow. If you're days away from the trailhead this can be criti...

In GEAR » Pants for winter/snow
August 29, 2:39pm

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