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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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First Ascent
I have a new First Ascent jacket (on sale) and feel a good light down jacket is a must when backpacking anytime at altitude (over 6,000 ft) and in spring and fall. In fact I think light down jac...

In GEAR » Good insulating layer?
August 23, 1:18am

I have one Western Mountaineering bag, the30 F. Megalite, a wider girth summer bag for permitting layering. And believe me last summer in a high (8,000 ft. ) valley near Olancha Peak on the PCT...

In GEAR » Millet vs. Valandre vs. WM
August 21, 5:20pm

I agree, a light eVent rain parka is my next major purchase - maybe an REI parka.

In GEAR » Versatile Shell-eVent, Gore?
August 19, 8:19pm

"Super" Ridge Rest
Now Thermarest has a thicker RidgeRest,if you don't mind the extra weight. It's for winter camping, either alone or under another mattress. But for winter I prefer my Thermarest Trail P...

In GEAR » Need CCF Pad recomendations
August 16, 1:49pm

Snowshoeing, hmmmm...
Rich, As one who owns 2 pair of snowshoes and about 6 pair of skis I'd recommend a pair of backcountry touring skis over snowshoes. Your one hour commute to the bus stop will be cut in half...

In GEAR » Stove for winter camping.
August 16, 12:53pm

Freezer Bag Meals
If ALL your meals are home-prepared "freezer bag" meals you'll have less bulk and be able to carry about 25% more meals. Plus "freezer bag" meals are not only cheaper an...

In GEAR » How Much Food In A Bearikade Scout
August 15, 2:40pm

TT Moment
My vote goes to the TT Moment. From my own experience extremely wind worthy and very light, not to mention fast to pitch and with a nice vestibule. BTW, read the "review" of the Moment...

In GEAR » Soliciting shelter options and ideas - the Canadian Rockies
August 15, 12:56am

MSR Dragonfly
For relability, heat output at max and fuel savings on simmer I would use the Dragonfly. I've had mine for 10 years and love it. Be SURE to take the MSR Dragonfly repair kit with you just in ca...

In GEAR » Stove for winter camping.
August 15, 12:33am

Light and fast
I recently got a Brunton Flex canister stove that I like for its light weight, wide flame ring (no hot spot on the bottom of my pot)and folding compactness for storage. The Flex, being made by Opri...

In GEAR » basic stove?
August 12, 6:41pm

Tarptent's solution
I like TarpTent's answer. They use Kelty Triptease reflective lines W/ their own very light and very reliable plastic tensioners. The weight difference between the Spectra 100# test braided...

In GEAR » Ultimate Cord/Guylines?
August 12, 12:17pm

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