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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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"ADVANCED" water treatment
Barbara, I carry two modes of treatment: 1. Steripen Adventurer > W/ small funnel & small 1 cup coffee filters. This is for my bike bottle when I need water to drink right away. 2....

In GEAR » water treatment
May 05, 11:01pm

TarpTent Scarp 2 update
I got a note from Henry Shires (owner of T.T.) that he is now making the new Scarp 2 with three pole attatchments "per side per pole" for the crossing poles. This will spread out snow lo...

In GEAR » TarpTent Scarp 2 update
May 05, 9:49pm

What Ashley said...
Ashley Brown gives good acvice. I live in Las Vegas (Henderson, actually) and use the following: SLEEPING BAG> W.M Megalite, makes a great quilt when unzipped in warmer weather. Zipped it wil...

In GEAR » Looking for UL Tent and Bag for 3 season use in Utah
May 05, 1:29pm

I began carrying hand sanitizer on hikes and backpacking trips about 3 years ago. I carry a 2 oz. bottle in my potty kit. That always lasts me for a one week (7 day) trip for just potty duty. This ...

In GEAR » How much hand Sanitizer must be carried?
May 05, 1:17pm

Customized MSR windscreen
My MSR windscreen for burner-on-top canister stoves is customized with 8 evenly spaced, dime-sized holes about 1/4" up from the bottom. This seems to keep the canister cool enough for any cook...

In GEAR » Most efficient/lightest current pocket canister stoves
April 28, 1:10am

BPL Wing Stove
WELL...the 1st thing you better do when you get yer Ti Wing Stove is replace the center rivet with a tiny screw, lock washer & nut. The rivet will not last long at all. May even break on a trip...

In GEAR » Firelite stuff @ BPL
April 26, 9:16pm

I use an MSR windscreen. I have two of them, one customized, for different stoves. It is easily foldable and very durable. My canister stoves are: *MSR Wind Pro (car camping) *Vargo Jet-Ti (L...

In GEAR » Most efficient/lightest current pocket canister stoves
April 26, 9:11pm

I dunno, but...
...I think a few strips of GORILLA duct tape from Lowe's would work just fine, temporarily. I lent some of mine to a guy I met on the trail in Yosemite for his Thermarest Prolite and it worked ...

In GEAR » NeoAir, repair w/ McNett Tenacious Clean Tape?
April 25, 9:38pm

"Heat Exchanger Stoves/Pots"
I own a JetBoil 1.5 liter pot. I use it W/O the steel wire handles because my aluminun pot gripper is lighter & more versatile. From my own tests of bringing 1 liter of water to a boil on my...

In Editor's Roundtable » Stoves, Tents and Carbon Monoxide - Deadly or not? Supplement 4: Jetboil Helios
April 22, 1:52pm

"Old" REI Cruise UL 60
I've looked at the men's Large Flash 65 and my take is that I got the better pack in the 2007 Cruise UL 60 predecessor. My UL 60 has the original X'd drawstring compressor tunnels th...

In Editor's Roundtable » REI Flash 50 and Flash 65 Backpack Review
April 22, 1:22pm

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