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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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Daniel, see my reply in my earlier post. Eric

In Winter Hiking » Snowshoes
October 29, 1:31pm

"...avys are predictable."
Dave, Your comment "...TO A FAIRLY LARGE EXTENT avys are predictable." is true. That predictability is why we take avy courses, a large pert of which are devoted to being ABLE to predi...

In Winter Hiking » Avalanche
October 29, 1:21pm

FireLite instead...
I prefer FireLite fuel tablest over ESBIT because they seem to burn a bit hotter and with less residue. Just do what I did and order a small carton from this site's store. Eric BTW, as ...

In GEAR » Esbit Source
October 28, 7:15pm

Cable channel BP'ing/outings show?
With all the "really keen" gear in the backpacking world and all the interesting trips folks take it seems to me a backpacking/outings show would be a natural for a once a week TV series....

In GEAR » Cable channel BP'ing/outings show?
October 28, 7:04pm

Thanks Joe
I'm in the same boat - visiting my daughter's family in Lewisville (beside Boulder) over Christmas and wanting to do a 13er or 14er with my BC skis &/or new MSR Lightning Ascent snowsho...

In Winter Hiking » CO 14ers and 13ers in winter
October 28, 6:12pm

You can opt for: 1. a nice, light, highly compressable and PRICEY down bag (one of the WM -20 F. winter bags, for ex.) 2. a heavier, not as compresable, and reasonably priced synthetic bag with ...

In Winter Hiking » Winter sleeping bag (-25 rating)
October 28, 5:59pm

Avy II course & transciever
Last year I took the Avalanche I course. I had all the avy equipment (probe, shovel snow saw, snow study kit, inclinometer, and even a BD Avalung) EXCEPT a tranciever beacon so I borrowed one from ...

In Winter Hiking » Avalanche
October 28, 5:42pm

Wierd Sno-Seal apps
Well, like many other '70s backpackers I always Sno-Sealed my Danner hiking boots. No Gore-Tex then. The summer Nixon resigned (remember that?!)I was canoeing in Quebec's Kipiwa Game pr...

In Editor's Roundtable » Sno-Seal Original Beeswax Waterproofing for Leather
October 28, 5:27pm

TarpTent Scarp 2
I'm waiting until Henry Shires announces the revised (lower fly) version of the Scarp 2 for use as my winter tent. This design is fast to set up and very stable. I own a TT Moment which has...

In GEAR » Which Winter Tent? MSR vs. Black Diamond vs. Marmot
October 27, 4:50pm

MSR Lightning Ascent
I just got a pair of MSR Lightning Ascent 30" 'shoes. They have FAR better lateral traction than my 30" Atlas 800 series 'shoes. Plus, having a flat aluminum frame instead of ...

In Winter Hiking » Snowshoes
October 27, 4:39pm

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