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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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Uh Huh!
As a retired backpacker I have a lot of time to hike and backpack. Only in the past few years have I discovered the spectacular beauty of the trails in the Spring Mountains just outside Las Vegas....

In Editor's Roundtable » One Night At A Time
October 07, 12:01pm

BITE THE $$$ BULLET (once)
After being disappointed W/ the lack of loft in a Mt'n. Hardware Phantom 32 I returned it to REI. Then I bit the $$ bullet and got a WESTERN MOUNTAINEERING MEGALITE. Good to 22 F. (this summ...

In GEAR » Building Your Gear from Day One #2 - Sleep Bag
October 07, 9:37am

We're sending it tomorrow via FED EX air. Like UPS, FED EX will deliver if at all possible. The Philippine postal service is, like all other governmental agencies there, rife with corruption a...

In GEAR » The importance of water purification gear
September 28, 8:31pm

The importance of water purification gear
The recent floods in Georgia and Manila, Philippines emphasises the importance of having on hand good water treatment that PURIFIES water in case you are involved in an emergency. So if you'...

In GEAR » The importance of water purification gear
September 28, 6:54pm

If all the above remedys fail try Extra Strength Fabreeze. Eric

In GEAR » Getting campfire smell off the tent
September 26, 6:32pm

Well, nano tubes look to be a good solution for water PURIFICATION, as opposed to 2 micron filtration. But - and here's the rub - we all know how easy it is to clog a 2 micron filter like th...

In GEAR » Revolutionary water treatment system, 6000 liters
September 26, 6:30pm

Dry Cleaning - Nooooooo!
Never dry clean a down bag. Dry cleaning strips ALL oils off the downplumules, including the natural oils from the original owner of the down (the goose) and you permenantly lose loft. Washing w...

In GEAR » Life expectancy of down sleeping bags
September 26, 5:50pm

Caldera Cone adaptors
Couldn't one make adaptors for a Caldera Cone's top that would permit the use of different sized pots? This would be an adaptor that stays on the C.C, not on the pot.I ask B/C I'm seri...

In GEAR » Caldera Keg
September 26, 10:38am

Cabela's tents
Look at Cabels's large freestanding tents in their online catalog. Their quality and design are excellent. I've been in a few in their store and the quality is very good. No Wal-Mart ty...

In GEAR » Non-UL tent recommendation?
September 26, 12:44am

ESBIT & Vargo Triad EX
I used the base of my Vargo Triad EX as an ESBIT stove (W/ an MSR windscreen) and it worked very well for a long week of Grand Canyon backpacking. I always used 2 tablets at a time for dinner and u...

In GEAR » Caldera Keg H with Esbit
September 25, 1:51am

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