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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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Energizer Micro spin-offs...
I'd second Mark Verber's comment on wanting a headlamp with a single AA battery. Energizer's Micro has a single AAA battery but that's too small of a power supply AND it's r...

In GEAR » What's the next big thing in headlamps?
February 10, 3:29pm

I'm suprised nobody mentioned me pimping Cabela's PacLite rain gear all the time, and sometimes their synthetic Thermastat long johns as well as their extensive lineup of boots. :) BTW, ...

In GEAR » Gear Brands and Their Pimps
February 10, 3:11pm

OK, photos as soon as my wife gets back from her trip with HER digital camera. :) (I don't own a digital camera yet, unless you count my pink Barbie camera.) Eric

In Make Your Own Gear » EXTENSIVE pack modification
February 09, 9:19pm

BPL's FireLite tabs
The store on this site sells FireLite fuel tabs which I prefer to ESBIT for their slightly faster boil times. That's why I got a small carton of FireLite tabs. I used FireLite and my few re...

In GEAR » Esbits: How to maximize fuel efficiency?
February 09, 9:15pm

What Lynn said...
I have to agree with Lynn. Get a Caldera Cone & the "Grahm Cracker" ESBIT/FireLite fuel tab holder. Now you've got maximum heat conservation efficiency, especially if you use ...

In GEAR » Esbits: How to maximize fuel efficiency?
February 09, 1:52pm

AHA! a Packa!
OK Roger, now we're talking about a horse of a different color. A packa would be great for winter due to its versatility. That, to my way of thinking is not a 'poncho". And BTW, spe...

In Winter Hiking » Silnylon Poncho tarp as winter precip protection
February 09, 1:47pm

As most experienced backpackers here will tell you the Conventional Wisdom says the pack is the last item you should buy, to be sure all your other gear fits in. Having said that, If you're ...

In GEAR » Help me pick a pack
February 08, 11:30am

Ponchos and winter just do NOT mix. Too many reasons to cite. This from an Army winter survival instructor - me. Just put a darn pack cover on your pack and take a good Gore-Tex or eVent parka.

In Winter Hiking » Silnylon Poncho tarp as winter precip protection
February 07, 1:45pm

Proper gloves
Mittens are for VERY cold weather. And if you think insulated gloves are "bulky and inelegant" then try mittens for REAL bulk. That said mitten shells should be carried as safety item, to...

In GEAR » Keeping hands warm
February 07, 1:37pm

Shelters - UGH!
Mice chew on AT shelters. I ESchew AT shelters for all the reasons above. (But ya still gotta hang yer food from a branch.) Finally, hiking poles, properly used (especially the strap placemen...

In GEAR » Tarp wihout poles?
February 07, 1:28pm

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