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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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When mixing clear silicone from a caulk tube W/ paint thinner (mineral spirits) be SURE to use only ODOR FREE mineral spirits. Regular mineral spirits really have a long-lasting and strong odor. ...

In GEAR » Few Questions
May 18, 2:37pm

There are VERY fine brass screen filters for separating water from gasoline. I have an old plastic Svea funnel W/a fine brass filter. The surface tension of water won't let it pass through. So ...

In GEAR » ultralight water prefilter
May 18, 1:40am

PacLite parka weight
Ashley, My Cabela's rainy River Paclite parka, in size Large, Tall, weighs 15.8 oz. by my digital scale. I'd say for a Small, Regular you'd save several ounces. Yeah, it's not...

In GEAR » Best Rain Jacket under $50 and 5 oz?
May 16, 7:41pm

Carribean Cartel sandals
Ross, I too have the "Sprint Aquatics slippers. Two pair, in fact. The 1st one lasted a week around camp on a trip in the Paria Canyon, Utah. The second is getting holes in the mesh from a ...

In GEAR » Light (& cheap) camp shoes
May 16, 7:22pm

...you could go up a bit in weight and $$ and get a very high quality, high feature $89. Gore-Tex PacLite parka from Cabela's. It's light but a very durable non-shiny nylon. Eric

In GEAR » Best Rain Jacket under $50 and 5 oz?
May 15, 11:40pm

Light (& cheap) camp shoes
I just picked up a pair of VERY light black plastic sandals at Walgreen's today for camp shoes. My old "pool" shoes were way too thin in the soles & let cacti spines through. T...

In GEAR » Light (& cheap) camp shoes
May 14, 10:32pm

T.T. Sublite design
The main design problem I see is that the Sublite's entrance exposes the floor to rain when opened. I had this problem on my Jansport 2-man dome tent in the '70s and really learned to disli...

In GEAR » TarpTent Sublight
May 14, 10:43am

Batteries & SteriPen
When using a SteriPen on a week long trip do you carry extra batteries or just check the charge in the pen's batteries & use only them? I am a "belt and susbenders" type so I ...

In GEAR » Steripen Usage
May 14, 10:14am

One solution
David, 1.) For the jacket I suggest a 200 weight HOLLOW fiber (warmest type) fleece jacket. I think Cabela's offers one. 2.) Then I think a 200 weight hollow fiber vest should be the next...

In GEAR » Help me choose a fleece jacket
May 14, 10:03am

SteriPen & Katadyn tabs
I have to agre with Roger Caffin (for once). The SteriPen is light, fast and, with CLEAR water, kills all pathogens. When I have somewhat cloudy water I do the following treatment: 1. Pour...

In GEAR » Army:"Micropur and Sweetwater best"
May 14, 9:55am

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