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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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My experience
This comes from decades of winter backcountry camping. 1. SLEEPING BAG-> Get one size longer for storage of water, battery operated gear, boot liners or boots in a stuff sack. Be SURE to get ...

In GEAR » Winter Camping questions: Long sleeping bags, wet gear, overboots and light weight trail runners
August 02, 6:23pm

My ESBIT Cone experience
For about a decade I experimented with various ways to get more efficiency from ESBIT fuel tabs such as wind screens, stove designs, tablet "chimneys", etc. Finally I got a CC Sidewind...

In GEAR » Comparative efficiency of caldera cone vs diy windscreen in wind
August 01, 1:28pm

Oz. = Lbs.
Greg, I'll look at lots of those weight savings you did with my Scarp 2 and Moment DW. Definitely the metal zipper pulls, even though TT's pulls are small, And the MSR carbon core stakes m...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent thread
July 31, 2:27pm

TT Stratospire
The Stratospire has a lot of room for the weight. She will like that room but first you have to show her tents (most other 2 p) that are smaller. Then she will appreciate the Stratospire. ...

In GEAR » 2 person Double Wall
July 29, 8:57pm

REI Kimtah eVent parka
My REI eVent parka is still going strong after around town, backpacking and skiing use. I run it through a wash cycle with no soap or cleaner. Then I dry it and then spray with Revivex. Had t...

In GEAR » eVent warranty just one year?
July 29, 8:49pm

Love/hate relationship??
God forbid I should encourage her! Anyway, I'm married and, as one wise man once told me, "Don't disappoint more than one woman at a time."

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Avoiding nasty hiking partners...
July 27, 7:25pm

Erica, go to Boulder to Neptune Mountaineering. They are very helpful and have a great book selection on the local areas. P.S. after visiting Neptune Mountaineering go out the door and turn left...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Colorado Backpacking Resources
July 27, 3:16pm

Mongoose? Moi? ;o)
Bob, Yeah, she must have something agin' me. Or maybe she just doesn't like men. I suspect the latter. Me a mongoose? Nah! I'm just a little puppy with sharp little teeth and not ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Avoiding nasty hiking partners...
July 27, 3:10pm

Snake Lady Stories
Marko, The temptation to tell those epics is great but I know I've already gone too far here as it is. Well, OK, just one. The leader, another woman and I reached the agreed upon final...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Avoiding nasty hiking partners...
July 26, 5:15pm

Harmonica (I wish)
I wish that, like Survivorman, I could play a harmonica well, then I'd take one. But... I CAN play a radio - and my I-Pod. Does that count?

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Do you take along a musical instrument?
July 26, 3:48pm

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