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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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Internal Frame Packs
Well guys, I'm a LIGHTWEIGHT backpacker. For 3 season hikes I carry between 30 and 35 lbs with Contrail tent, WM Megalite bag & Thermarest full length UL pad, REI UL Cruise pack, ESBIT sto...

In GEAR » Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Pads
August 22, 12:21am

I'd look at the SteriPen Adventurer. Just turn it on. immerse it in your bottle, swirl until the UV light goes out and you're done. I also carry Katadyn chlorine Dioxide tablets as a backu...

In GEAR » One-Handed Water Purification
August 20, 11:33am

Here we go again on the "mattress-as-a-pack-frame" thingy. Really, I could never understand how the slight weight of a few ounces of aluminumm frame tubing, such as in my REI UL Cruise...

In GEAR » Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Pads
August 18, 7:03pm

MSR Dragonfly
Personally I prefer the MSR Dragonfly over the other stoves mentioned, this after trying them. The Dragonfly will simmer on any fuel FAR better than the others. Simmering saves heavy, precious f...

In GEAR » Camping fuel in Tajikistan
August 18, 6:49pm

Winter - Serious weather
I'd suggest you look at Zappos and Cabela's wide selections of winter footwear, and especially at Gore-Tex lined footwear by the description of your needs. In my book most winter footw...

In GEAR » Winter boots / shoes?
August 16, 3:09pm

SMC Snow Stake
Remember, you should dig only about 6" deep, so the organic biota in the topsoil can break down the "human waste". (The computerized "bad word nanny" woulden't let me w...

In GEAR » Trowel - which one?
August 15, 12:25pm

I like these links. My Garmin Colorado 400 GPS, SteriPen and PT Quad headlamp all need batteries. Now that they can be charged on the trail I'll be looking for the best solar charger. After al...

In GEAR » UL Solar Battery Chargers
August 14, 7:58pm

A suggestion
Brett, When it gets to near and sub-zero weather you can't go too light and still be safe. That said I'd recommend Cabela's or other good expedition weight polyester long johns fo...

In GEAR » Need assistance with winter layering
August 13, 10:38pm

.511 pants
I have two pair of .511 pants of nylon "canvas", one tan, one O.D. green, that have double seat and knees. The double knees have an inside "pocket" that permits the insertion of...

In GEAR » Looking for a pair of Softshell pants.
August 13, 8:07pm

Uh, well... not EXACTLY handless...
I use a drilled out aluminum pot gripper for my JetBoil 1.5 liter after having removed the steel wire factory handles. Totally "handless" for cook pots is just getting TOO silly about ...

In GEAR » handle less cookpot cooking????
August 13, 7:58pm

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