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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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JetBoil 1.5 L. pot
I have a JetBoil 1.5 L. pot due to its faster boiling times than my former 1.5 L. aluminum Outback pot. I use it for all my stoves. Howsomever I like the VARGO JET- TI burner for canister cooki...

In GEAR » Planning on going with Brunton crux for first stove-Recommendations for cooking pot?
April 04, 12:02pm

My UL solution for cooking is a Ti 3 leg wing "stove" & REI windscreen for ESBIT tabs. Amazingly it works quite well. My merely LIGHTWEIGHT solution, however, is a VARGO JET-TI tit...

In GEAR » Jetboil or normal canister ?
April 04, 11:54am

One pot for all stoves
I have switched to the 1.5 L. JetBoil pot. It has the neoprene cozy and "Flux Ring" heat exchanger on the bottom, both of which seem to make it more efficient than my 1.5 L. Backpacker...

In GEAR » Calling all Titanium Esbit Wing Stove users
March 16, 10:22pm

Southern Stoves
Well, if you mean you live south of the Mason-Dixon Line then look at Coleman's lightest solo stoves, especially their Fyrestorm. It is a DUAL FUEL canister/white gas stove. Coleman's s...

In Winter Hiking » Winter Stoves
March 09, 12:09pm

Your dog ALSO might like chewing on the air mattress....

In GEAR » Anybody have a nice Lightweight Winter Dog Bed in the Gear Stash?
March 07, 11:33am

Try The Rainy River Pac Lite (Cabela's)
Cabela's Rainy River Pac Lite Gore-Tex parka is $79. in regular sizes. My Large, Tall was $89. I love its attention to neat & needed details like the capture loops for the hood drawstrings...

In GEAR » rain jacket/parka
March 03, 11:48pm

My UL H2O treatment
I will be using Katadyn tabs this summer. 1st I'll "filter" my water W/one (or 2 if the H2O is trubid) cofee filter in a funnel. Then add the Katadyn tabs. This will be a before be...

In GEAR » Army:"Micropur and Sweetwater best"
March 03, 11:39pm

An AHA! Moment
Michael, Now I understand. Save the expensive WPB rain gear for wet weather and wear a light windshirt when it's cool/cold, windy and not raining. Makes sense. especially for day hikes and ex...

In GEAR » Wind shirt opinions
March 01, 10:27pm

You SSSSIlly Goosssse!
Metrosexual means a straight guy who has "good taste" in clothes, restaurants, furniture and homes. Also he is "sensitive" and politically aware (read liberal, usually) Y...

March 01, 10:17pm

Hilleberg tent
Peter, I'm guessing you're referring to the Akto solo tent. It's going to be my winter/spring solo tent when I get the funds together. (And my wife quits accepting wedding invitations w...

In Editor's Roundtable » The eVENT Single Wall Tent: Here, Then Gone – What’s Replacing It?
March 01, 10:06pm

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