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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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Pot "grabber"
Eric, IF you're SO obessed W/ weight that you won't even carry a pot lifter then you deserve to get soot on you. Eric

In GEAR » Dealing with woodstove soot
July 11, 1:51am

Drying down on the trail
Try to dry down garments BOTH morning and evening for best results.

In GEAR » Down insulation - humid conditions
July 06, 7:31pm

CAbela's PacLite weight
My PacLite Large, Tall weighs 15 oz. Notta too bad for a parka with so many neat features.

In GEAR » I don't understand DriDucks
July 06, 7:28pm

Great review!
Excellent comparison review with easily understandable charts and graphs. Good photos too. Now I feel much better about buying my Eddie Bauer Downlite "sweater" on sale ($103. includin...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Three-Season Down Jackets State of the Market Report 2010 Part 3
July 06, 6:23pm

Here goes.... again
As I've said ad infinitum here, if you can't afford an eVent parka like REI & others sell for well over $200. then look at Cabela's Rainy River PacLite GTX parkas. $99. and they com...

In GEAR » I don't understand DriDucks
July 06, 6:09pm

Bear canister cache
Sam Farrington, If you're gonna use a Garcia bear can for caching you'd better use a waterproof plastic liner B/C Garcia bear cans are, sadly, NOT waterproof. Also you could bury it...

In GEAR » Hanging Bear Canisters
July 06, 6:03pm

Coyote Creek
Here's a typical scene from coyote Gultch.

In GEAR » "water shoes"
July 06, 5:49pm

"water shoes"
Last week I backpacked Coyote Gultch in Utah. Very spectacular giant rock formations including many arches, overhung coves, giant ledges, etc. Fully 80% of the walking was done IN Coyote Creek. ...

In GEAR » "water shoes"
July 06, 5:43pm

Ken, With pockets I'g guess it's around 4 lbs. But this is a skiing pack so other considerations came 1st, like low center of gravity, front flap/pocket, insulated hydration hose routin...

In GEAR » "Winter" Pack Mods (& photos)
June 28, 11:33pm

OOPS! frame photo
Here's the new internal frame.

In GEAR » "Winter" Pack Mods (& photos)
June 28, 9:52pm

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