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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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Georgian Bay 24 hour rain/windstorm
I was sea kayaking in Georgian Bay (off Lake Huron in Canada - eh?) and had to sit out a nasty storm alone in my 3 man Eureka dome tent. The storm was long and often intense, with lots of light...

In GEAR » Stories of bad weather and how your shelter went
July 27, 5:19pm

Flatiron region or Indian Peaks
The Flatirons are right nest to The People's Republic of Boulder and may not permit camping but you can stealth camp off trail. A better place is the Indian Peaks trailhead just outside of N...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Suggest a route for me -- late October, near Denver
July 26, 3:31pm

Katadyn Micropur tablets
Ed, I recommend Katadyn Micropur chlorine dioxide tablets instead of Aqua Mira drops or tabs. Easier to use and, IMHO, a more reliable purifier. The U.S. military, among others, uses them so it...

In GEAR » Thanks for all of your help so far!
July 20, 3:32pm

AHA! Yet another little pearl of wisdom from BPL contributors. Nice to know.

In GEAR » Knife and ferro rod
July 20, 3:28pm

Trail Designe Open Country pots
Trail Designs, makers of Caldera Cone stoves, sell Open Country pots that are hard anodized on the inside. They come with a lid. I have a 3 cup Open Country pot to fit my Sidewinder CC stove an...

In GEAR » Recommend me a good pot.
July 20, 3:26pm

Pot sides heat exchange
Jerry, What you're saying seems to be what Trail Designs discovered and developed with their Caldera Cone design. The pot normally sits all the way inside the cone, suspended by the pot'...

In GEAR » Do You Have a Gear Modding "Magnificent Obsession"?
July 18, 12:01pm

Eddie Bauer 1st Ascent
The jacket in my avatar is the original EB First Ascent jacket. I wish I had one of the new First Ascent jackets with Dri Down treated down but mine in still great for western backpacking at hi...

In GEAR » Down Jacket Help
July 17, 3:06pm

"Dr. Daniels"
A good shot or two of Jack Daniels or Jim Beam before crawling out of yer bag/quilt will get yer heart started and tide ya over 'til the coffee is ready. * Alcohol dilates yer blood vessels ...

In GEAR » Please give suggestions to help solve waking up from cold
July 16, 7:16pm

David, That is sooo interesting. A pot with built-in insulation. Just patent the damned idea and then sit back and collect the partial royalties when some company just "has to have it"...

In GEAR » Do You Have a Gear Modding "Magnificent Obsession"?
July 16, 7:13pm

If'n I didn't already have a nice Brunton Flex stove I'd get one. Maybe I still will for a friend who had his ENTIRE house robbed of every item moveable including all camping gear. ...

In GEAR » BRS 3000T stove.
July 16, 7:06pm

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