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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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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

Techie gear - necessary?
First it was the SteriPen Adventurer, a whiz-bang piece of gear if ever there was one. But I felt it was far lighter than a pump filter and faster than waiting for chlorine dioxide tabs so, yes, I ...

In GEAR » Techie gear - necessary?
May 14, 9:41am

2 H2O containers
I use an old Gregory amlminum foil/mylar hydration bladder W/ a small mouth. This requires I carry a seperate water bottle to fill it when using a SteriPen Adventurer. (When I used my PUR filter pu...

In GEAR » Steripen Usage
May 14, 12:00am

P-38 openers RULE!
OH YEAH! I carry a larger version of the P-38 GI can opener and use it for exactly the purpose described - namely pigging out in a resupply town on fruit cocktail, cling peaches, pears (my favorite...

In GEAR » Can Opener ?
May 13, 12:28am

LOWE German?
Greg Lowe was a former Special Forces soldier. I thought Lowe was a 'Merican company. Eric

In GEAR » Worldwide Gear Manufacturers
May 11, 11:36am

ALL stealth equipment
I prefer all my equipmnent to be subdued natural colors and that includes clothes, pack, hat(s) boots, tent or tarp, hammock or bivy. Eric P. S. I live in the Mojave Desert so I obviously use l...

In GEAR » Stealth colors
May 08, 5:27pm

When spring snow camping in western mountains be SURE you are not in avalanche territory. True, spring snow is safer because it is more coonsolidated but it DOES avalanche nevertheless. If you w...

In GEAR » Spring Snow Camping
May 08, 5:23pm

Synthetic layers
All layers below assume some kind of wind shell over them. I prefer Gore-Tex or eVent when it's very windy or wet or both. 1.BASE LAYER> I like Cabela's Thermastat polyester long john...

In GEAR » Wearing Synthetic Insulation while moving
May 06, 11:55pm

Well, the Dana "Wet Rib" water bottle holster & front pouch is my favorite way of carrying extra stuff I need, including and energy drink, right in front of me where I can get it quic...

In GEAR » Water Bottle holster ?
May 05, 11:14pm continue with the original question...
American Made: Western Mountaineering & Feathered Friends down products, Vargo Outdoors Ti stoves, etc. SOME of Coleman's stuff most good (pricey) knife companies And then there'...

In GEAR » Made in the USA
May 05, 11:09pm

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