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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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A New Hunting/Backpacking Pack
Check out the article by Dave Chenault on the Paradox Evolution pack. I'm selling my old Dana Terraplane pack and buying the Evolution for hunting and winter backpacking. It's much ligh...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » "Ultralight hunting"
January 30, 1:27pm

WM Megalite AND down jacket
Having frozen my a$$ off in August on the PCT in a high velley (24 F. at 8,000+ ft on the way to Olancha Peak) I recommend an OVERSTUFFED WM Megalite bag. Warm at 25 F. and large enough to accomoda...

In GEAR » 3 season sleeping bag for Sierras
January 30, 1:04am

What the he!! is a "buff"?? I have both balaclavas and NECK GAITERS. (Is THAT whet you are calling a buff?) I like 'em both but prefer neck gaiters with my ski helmet and balacl...

In GEAR » Buff's vs Balaclava for cold temp hiking, which do you prefer?
January 30, 12:58am

I currently own two untreated down garments: 1. WM Megalite sleeping bag 2. Eddie Bauer Down Sweater While they are both great garments they have all the problems of "regular" down...

In GEAR » DWR Down Ye or Nah
January 29, 12:51pm

What Todd sed...
Thermarest Prolite = comfort at a reasonable price and weight I use a Regular length but may try a 3/4 length

In GEAR » Sleeping pads
January 29, 12:48pm

Looking at the Tarptent product line it appears that the Scarp 1 and the Moment DW cover the same territory. This being the case maybe we'll see the Scarp 1 go the way of the original SW Moment...

In GEAR » Redundancy?
January 28, 7:08pm

I stand (partially) corrected
Clarification: I'm comparing SCARP 2 to QUARTER DOME 2 (Not the skimpy Dash) Both the REI and TT tents are DOUBLE walled amd thus the etter comparison. Quarter Dome min. wt. is 3# 1 oz. TT ...

In GEAR » New REI Quarter Dome Tents
January 28, 7:00pm

You can use either synthetic fill or down (preferrably a down bag with DWR down like Dri-Down). But the previous mention of an eVent bivy bag is THE most important thing in snow shelters. eVent...

In Winter Hiking » Synthetic or Down insulation for igloo camping?
January 28, 4:20pm

I'll still take the TT Scarp 2 at slightly less weight and (it appears) more interior space. CORRECTION: "...at slightly more weight..."

In GEAR » New REI Quarter Dome Tents
January 28, 4:17pm

Sand in Cameras...
Dale, I have an Olympus TG 1 waterproof/shock resistant camers made for absent-minded klutzes like me. So far none of Utah's Grand Escalante windblown gulch sand has got inside the TG 1...

In GEAR » Tarps vs tents vs bivys: What's your $0.02?
January 25, 6:19pm

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