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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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1.5 L. JetBoil
I camp solo and always take my 1.5 L. JetBoil because it's so efficient, more so than the smaller J-B pot or my own smaller .8 L. pot. (I don't own the J-B stove.) I removed the steel handl...

In GEAR » Which pot to choose for two?
June 11, 1:42am

I live in the Mojave Desert and find the TarpTent Contrail a great tent with lots of room for one plus gear (or a dog) and excellent ventilation. The Contrail is fast to pitch and great shelter...

In GEAR » Sun shade tarp
June 11, 1:28am

Look in REI & Cabela's
I have 3 long sleeve backpacking shirts: 1.REI SAHARA> (polyester) totally vented mesh back 2.COLUMBIA TITANIUM> (polyester) smaller vented back shoulder "slots" but a bit le...

In GEAR » Looking for a shirt
June 09, 2:14pm

Garmin Colorado 300 Buyer's Remorse
This may be slightly off topic but for comparison sake future GPS customers might want to know. Maybe the I-Phone GPS will be better (than the Garmin Colorado). Unfortunately for me I recently p...

In GEAR » New iPhone has GPS!
June 09, 1:48pm

Vitamin C
Potable Aqua sold iodine tabs and also another bottle of Vitamin C tabs to remove the iodine taste. If vitamin C can remove the taste of iodine it can likely improve the taste of most water. ...

In GEAR » lightest technique to improve water taste?
June 09, 1:30pm

"A Modest Proposal"
In the spirit of Jonathan Swift I think that instead of using batteries to power your fan-powered BrushBuddy you could use a small nuclear reactor designed after the small Russian one the U.S bough...

In GEAR » Bushbuddy Ultra
June 07, 1:56pm

Lightweight water treatment question
I know, there have been threads here ad. nauseum about water treatment. But with the advent first of Aqua Mira liquid chemical treatment and then Katadyn Micropur Chlorine dioxide tablets and no...

In GEAR » Lightweight water treatment question
June 07, 12:47pm

REI Sahara convertable pants. Eric

In GEAR » New Pants
June 05, 1:18pm

Old Timers & weight
Well, at 65 I still have a 34" waist (at 5' 10" and 180 lbs.) that goes to 33" after a long and steep trip like the Grand Canyon. That means it should be 33" all the time I ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » I seems obvious to me.
June 05, 1:15pm

Filters & freezing weather
FIRST: Filters should never be used in freezing temps. That's what they make UV light purifiers & chlorine dioxide tablets for. SECOND: If you have used a filter and suspect temps will g...

In GEAR » MSR HyperFlow filter
June 04, 6:32pm

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