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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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Garcia BearVault
I like the Garcia BearVault. It's got a grizzly-proof lid and I've taped 4 D rings to it with Gorilla duct tape so I can strap it more securely on my pack. I really dislike carying the bea...

In GEAR » Sierra Folks - What's your bear cannister of choice?
January 22, 11:10am

"THE" book you need
Lindsay, Buy "Allen and Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book" It's absolutly THE best book on the subject of winter camping (and some skiiing info, of course). Plus it...

In Winter Hiking » Sleeping bag questions
January 21, 11:48pm

My JetBoil pot
I bought the 1.5 L. JetBoil pot (not the stove) and found it to boil faster than my old 1.5 L. pot. Both have the same diameter. The Jet Boil was tested WITH the cozy in place. Suppose now I'll...

In GEAR » JetBoil pot vs Normal pot using an alcohol stove
January 21, 11:40pm

I use FireLite tabs now as they are a bit hotter than ESBIT. I have a Vargo Ti stove that has a removable alky container so I use it to burn FireLite or ESBIT tabs. It will accomodate 2 tabs, side...

In GEAR » Esbit or Alcohol Stove?
January 21, 11:33pm

Buy "Allen and Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book". There's just about all the information & lists you'll need to have a good time winter camping. And Excellent, info...

In Winter Hiking » Winter Packpacking Gear?
January 18, 2:42pm

"Big" Pot
Well, my Jetboil 1.5 L pot may not meet your qualifications for "big" but it is by far the most efficient 1.5 L pot I've owned or used. The Jetboil corrugated "FluxRing" at ...

In GEAR » Big Pot Survey
January 18, 2:37pm

My Psolar face mask works very well in winter sleeping and pretty good in tree stand hunting situations. I think for sleeping the Psolar mask keeps me from getting so thirsty in the wee hours o...

In Winter Hiking » Psolar EX Face Mask effective or not!
January 15, 2:40am

Light SPF summer shirts
I have both a Cabela's Guidewear polyester fishing shirt and a similar REI Sahara poly shirt. Both work great here in the Mojave Desert & I never get any sun tanning with them. The Cabela&#...

In GEAR » Baselayers in the desert
January 15, 2:32am

"Mummy Quilt"
Last summer on a hot night in Buckskin Gulch, near the Paria Canyon, Utah I took my W.M. Megalite mummy bag, unzipped it all the way to the foot, hooked the foot of the bag over my full length ligh...

In GEAR » Any quilt haters? quilt lovers?
January 15, 2:27am

MMmmmmMegalite - YUM!
I have a heavier W.M. Megalite. It's baffled (except lengthwise, at the side opposite the zipper) and has a full length zipper. I love it. The lack of a lengthwise baffle separating top & b...

In GEAR » WM Highlite vs Summerlite
January 14, 6:10pm

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