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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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Thank you Roger!
Great series of tests. I own Vargo Jet-Ti and Brunton Flex upright stoves(like a Primus Crux only better, and made for Brunton by Primus). I use these with the pots listed below. I've found the...

In Editor's Roundtable » Heat Exchange Stove Shootout: Part 3
Heat Exchanger Stoves

September 07, 11:09pm

Alternative to "Railriders"
A VERY tough nylon pant is the "5.11" brand of nylon canvas Tactical Pants. These are mainly for law enforcement & SWAT teams but are great for backpacking. They have: 1. doubl...

In GEAR » Hiking pants
September 04, 5:21pm

Don't Buy
Save yer money. The Science Channel says we're overdue for a flip-flop of the magnetic poles and compasses will be usless for several hundred years. Get that GPS unit you've been coveting. ...

In GEAR » Do I need a better compass?
September 04, 5:11pm

So primitive...
...but so light. Yeah, I was a "tarper" for years before I could afford tents but with TarpTent and Go-Lite single wall tents abounding I'll remain a tenter. Just ordered the TT Mo...

In GEAR » setting up Golite poncho tarp
September 04, 5:06pm

Ordered a TT Moment
Talked to TarpTent the other day and ordered a Moment solo tent. I feel it will be better (than my Contrail) in the exposed, windy areas where I sometimes have to camp. I'll miss the lighte...

In GEAR » Ordered a TT Moment
September 04, 4:51pm

CO2 emissions!!
I own both the VArgo Jet-Ti and the Brunton Flex (like the Primus Crux & made by primus). The high CO2 emissions of the Crux would surely be similar in the Flex. Holy Cow! What a difference ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Heat Exchanger Stove Shootout: Part 2
Upright and Remote Canister Stoves

September 03, 2:00pm

Winter Bivies
I'm a confirmed tent user - except when using a quinzhee snow shelter or snow cave in winter. THEN I want an e-Vent bivy like the one Integral Designs makes for $240. That could be a life saver...

In GEAR » lightest bivy
August 20, 4:09pm

PSYCHO-LITE... again
Craig, Your outfit, with tarp, seems safe but barely "OK" when it comes to "pack comfort" or "comfort food". My REI Cruse UL 60 is the lower limit I'll go on pa...

In GEAR » Backpacking Weight Ranks
August 20, 3:51pm

SUL and lower is in the realm of "Psycho-Lite". Maybe in 10 years, with new wonder materials and forms of energy for electrical devices and stoves we can say SUL is not only safe but comf...

In GEAR » Backpacking Weight Ranks
August 18, 7:30pm

Read my new "summer" post
I have a WM Megalite bag. I got that model because its larger girth makes it more versatile. If I wanted to stay light in colder weather than the 30 F. the bag was designed for I would go the "...

In GEAR » 20 degree bag vs. 30 degree bag for 3 season use
August 16, 6:04pm

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