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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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I second the idea of an Osprey EXOS. Weight should be carried on your HIPS, and merely balanced on your shoulders. For that you absolutely need a light internal frame. The "rationale&q...

In GEAR » UL Pack Selection Help
February 03, 3:06pm

TarpTent SCARP 2
I too would recommend a close look at the excellent TarpTent Scarp 2. High quality and lots of features, like 2 vestibules. I've owned two of TT's tents and found them to be well designe...

In GEAR » 2 Person Lightweight double wall tent
February 03, 2:54pm

TT Moment
May I suggest a TarpTent solo tent? My Moment has lots of headroom. AND it has good vestibule room, plus great, adjustable ventilation and a nice, wind worthy design that I've tested in hig...

In GEAR » GG The One - Photos?
February 03, 2:49pm

TT Moment "eyelid"
I have a TT Moment and, as usual with me and new gear, have been thinking of mods I'd like. One is an "eyelid" piece over the peak of the canopy door. The similarly designed Hille...

In GEAR » TT Moment "eyelid"
February 02, 2:15pm

Looks more like an attatchment problem than a perimeter frame problem. I'm sure MSR will fix it for you. How'd it happen?

In Winter Hiking » Northern Lites Tundra vs. Northern Lites Backcountry 30''
February 02, 1:58pm

... you can get a Brunton hose & canister stove adapter for taking any Lindal valve thread stove like, say a Pocket Rocket, and do the same thing - i.e. invert the canister end atatchment.

In Winter Hiking » MSR windpro in the snow
February 01, 7:47pm

I concur
I have both Atlas 30" 'shoes and the new MSR 30" Lightning Ascents. By FAR the Lightnings are grippier in lateral situations. Plus their frame is more bombproof than ANY tubular alum...

In Winter Hiking » Northern Lites Tundra vs. Northern Lites Backcountry 30''
February 01, 7:42pm

Cabela's PAC-LITE parka
I like my Cabela's GTX PacLite Rainy River parka for its low cost (now $99.) and geat design and quality. Pants are the same price. But if I were a bit more flush with money I'd get an R...

In GEAR » What's your favorite rain jacket?
February 01, 7:34pm

Stock ONE other hiker? HA! I can stock THREE other hikers besides myself. Yeah, sounds ridiculous but some of the equipment is over 10 years old, like my 1970s SVEA 123 stove and SIGG Tourist cooks...

In GEAR » Who stocks enough gear for others?
February 01, 7:29pm

Tent, not Tarp
Personally I think a TarpTent or other single wall tent from Go-Lite, etc. would offer you more protection from weather and bugs for less weight than a tarp & net tent combo. I had a TT Cont...

In GEAR » PCT sleep system help
February 01, 1:54pm

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