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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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Fleece, what a great layer!
I've used 200 and 300 wt. fleece for winter backcountry skiing, hunting and snow camping and love it - except for its weight-to-warmth ratio and packed bulk. The bulk is no big deal and I ca...

In Editor's Roundtable » Layering for Beginners
May 06, 2:08pm

Pack Lids as fanny packs
This topic has probably already been hashed over but some newer members may not have seen the thread(s). My Osprey EXOS 58 pack has a removable lid. This was meant mainly for lightening one'...

In Multiple Use Gear » Pack Lids as fanny packs
May 06, 1:47pm

Back at ya...
Hoy Cow! I never expected my "rant" to generate this many responses - or this much emotion. I like Richard's Hume quote on factual evidence. Then there's the other famous &...

In Multiple Use Gear » My "wind shirt" rant...
May 06, 1:38pm

Snow to down to 7,000 ft. on May 7
The weather service reports that our mountains could have snow down to 7,000 ft. Thursday if we get enough precip. I may do a hike at 8,000 ft. to enjoy the last of this year's snow.

In Winter Hiking » Snow to down to 7,000 ft. on May 7
May 06, 1:21pm

My Garmin road GPS
My Garmin GPS for road travel automatically sets itself for air travel at certain altitudes (above 18,000 ft., I think). It's a cool feature that also tells you the airspeed of your plane. I...

In GEAR » iPhone GPS and Airplane Mode
May 06, 1:18pm

Hmmmm, just guessing
...but maybe it's Dead Bird's penchant for their very high prices (much of which, I'm aware, required to support Canadian social programs).

In GEAR » I'm ashamed of you, BPL'ers
May 05, 5:12pm

lashing, fire-building, shelter making, etc.
As a young Boy Sprout in the '50s buschraft skills were the main camping skills taught to us. I learned about 5 knots and how to do several types of lashings to build outdoor structures. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Integrating Bushcraft With Modern Outdoor Life
May 05, 2:01pm

AAA membership & included travel insurance
Check out AAA's top end membership. My Pemier membership covers up to $25,000. for medical evacuation and $300,000. total medical costs (all worldwide). NOTE: I've been told that AAA wil...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » The Air Ambulance Story Continues
May 05, 1:43pm

No - but...
No, my down bag as not gotten wet because I'm very careful with it in wet weather and I've maintained a good DWR finish on its shell. BUT, I have had a TNF doen parka soaked with sweat i...

In GEAR » Down bag for Summer in Olympic National Park?
May 03, 11:48pm

LL Bean
Take a look at LL Bean's Dri Down DWR treated down bags. Personally I will never buy another down bag without a good down DWR treatment even though my Western Mountaineering Meglite bag is ...

In GEAR » Down bag for Summer in Olympic National Park?
May 03, 6:10pm

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