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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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CamelBack pack weight
The pack weighs 1lb. 8 oz with the CamelBack hydration system which includes an insulating neoprene hose cover. Not too bad, considering the 2,700 cu. in. capacity. With added aluminum stays, s....

In GEAR » My new large CamelBack daypack
June 29, 12:01pm

Rechargable batteries
Correct Ashley. My rechargable batteries (I have the solar charging case as well) do not last very long so now all I carry are lithium spares. Eric

In GEAR » container for Steripen Adventurer
June 28, 9:41pm

My new winter CamelBack daypack
I've been looking all year for a winter daypack for backcountry ski touring. It has to hold all my avy equipment (except my beacon) plus food, ESBIT stove & fuel & small pot, extra clot...

In GEAR » My new large CamelBack daypack
June 28, 8:42pm

Good list
Thanks for your list. I'm gleaning it for items I may have forgotten in my own pack. Ya never know when that never-used signal mirror will come in handy for removing an object from your eye - o...

In GEAR » My new mini micro pack
June 28, 8:01pm

Verrrry interesting...
I carry a SteriPen Adventurer and Katadyn chlorine dioxide tabs. The steripen is for my wide mouth CamelBack bike bottle, where I carry my morning CytoMax electrolyte and afternoon Propel mix....

In GEAR » container for Steripen Adventurer
June 28, 7:48pm

Sleeping only...
Your idea of using silk for sleeping is fine. It will absorb water more readily than synthetic so it's not good for aerobic activities but great for sleeping and laying about camp. Plus you...

In GEAR » silk base layers. How warm?
June 28, 7:30pm

The top view photo doesn't appear to show the double wall feature or the grate for fuel, which I assume is in the missing inner wall. This stove looks good but for one thing - the permenant...

In GEAR » New models of ultralight Bushcooker wood stoves
June 27, 1:33pm

Uh Huh...
Still glad I returned my Neo-Air regular to REI. Could not get used to its bounciness. And I'm sure it is the most comfortable, warmest non-insulated air mattress out there. Just not my cup of ...

In GEAR » Adventures in sleeping
June 25, 12:51am

Well... OK...
...but I'd druther have my TarpTent Contrail W. MSR Groundhog stakes at 28 oz.. No longer a tarp guy - especially in really windy situations with or without rain. Eric

In GEAR » My Tahoe Rim Trail Shelter Solution
June 25, 12:41am

Trip durations?
Given the weight v.s. BTUs of even the best burning alcohols after about 3 days a light canister stove begins to be more weight efficient. SO... are you alky stove fanatics going out just for we...

In GEAR » Which alcohol stove?
June 19, 9:04pm

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