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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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T.T. Cloudburst 2
For a 2-person UL tent I really like the TarpTent Cloudburst 2 because of its great aerodynamic shape for shedding wind and its steeper sides for more elbow room. And at 38 oz. (2.4 lbs)it'...

In GEAR » Tent Recommendations
May 31, 2:29pm

Brian, I'd go with a light bag good for 50 deg. and then take exra clothing (long johns, for ex.) that you could use either in the bag or during the day as an extra layer if needed. Works fi...

In GEAR » Summer sleeping... the options?
May 31, 2:22pm

PETZL warning
The French makers of PETZL STILL have a problem of lithium batteries burning up their circuits. (??) Personally the regulated Princeton Tec headlamps get my vote. And I don't know why Black ...

In GEAR » Best flashlight
May 29, 1:13pm

TOO light!
I think there comes a time when you have to say that a SAFETY article of clothing like a parka or anorak must be durable and reliable. My Cabela's GTX PacLite parka, size large, tall at 15 oz....

In GEAR » North Face 5.4oz waterproof w/hood
May 28, 12:57pm

Neo-Air regular mattress for sale
I'm selling my new (is there any other kind?) Neo-Air mattress, size regular. Used 4 nights. $120. including ground shipping. I may be the 1 in 100 who just prefers a self-inflating mattres...

In Gear Swap » Neo-Air regular mattress for sale
May 28, 12:30am

Pray tell, what's wrong with the Katadyn chlorine dioxide tablets?? Why carry a liquid solution? Eric

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Klearwater substitute
May 19, 8:53pm

Geek Grill
I've owned a very light, hollow, 3/16" dia. tubing stainless steel backpacking grill for decades - so it's gotta be out of production by now. It is a slightly tapered 10" oblong W...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Light weight grill
May 19, 8:46pm

I'd say it needs some sliced beef to be "Mongolian Beef" so I'd fry and dehydrate thinly sliced beef instead of using ground beef. Eric

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Mongolian Beef
May 19, 8:38pm

Personally I'd go for the EXOS for its great load distribution and overall design quality. Osprey is correct when they state that the energy you save from carrying a few ounces less in a "...

In GEAR » Exos vs Vapor Trail
May 19, 8:25pm

Vargo Triad XE
I use the Base of my Vargo Triad XE as my favorite ESBIT/FireLite stove. I haven't used the alky burner that fits inside the base ever since I discovered how much more efficient and convienant...

In GEAR » Favorite Esbit Stove; What do you use to carry Esbit tabs?
May 19, 8:04pm

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