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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 Olympus TG is a great backpacking camera. The new TG 2 has a 60 ft. waterproof depth, up 20 ft. to my 40 ft. TG 1 depth.

In GEAR » New camera
October 09, 6:16pm

OR GTX mitten shells
I like my OR Gore-Tex mitten shells. They are the original version so I had to seam seal them.

In Winter Hiking » Glove shells and liners
September 25, 5:36pm

Bag liners are mostly gimmicks unless your aim is to keep your bag cleaner inside. 1. Bag liners add almost no warmth unless well insulated. 2. Adding clothes for sleeping warmth supports the...

In GEAR » Adding warmth - more clothes vs bag liner
September 25, 5:32pm

I cry, CRY I tell you, at such butchery of a nice, innocent, chubby pack. But OTOH I love modding gear so congrats on "having your way" with the pack. I'dhave left in the framsheet/st...

In GEAR » Gutting an Osprey Aether 70
September 25, 5:27pm

Good luck
The field of 2 person freestanding tents is not small but when you add LIGHT into the requirement then it is small. My own take is on this is a Tarptent Scarp 2 because I feel the fly and pole c...

In GEAR » Light 2 person freestanding double wall tent.
September 25, 5:15pm

Help for geezers
At 58 I began using "NO2" supplement for weight lifting. It is L-Arginine tablets in time-release format. I get 'em at GNC and they ain't cheap. Now 71 I always use it above 8,00...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » SpO2 levels on whitney
September 22, 5:20pm

Worse yet...
At my senior prom-to-dawn (1961 !!) my buddy was standing in a slow moving buffet line. Mark turns to me and with a perfect German accent says, "Zis reminds me uf der lines at Auschwitz."...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Llama rescue?
September 22, 5:04pm

CF pole weak points
As an XC racer who has use CF ski poles I can say they are tremendously stiff and strong IN COMPRESSION but lass so in a bending force and are a bit fragile when hit with a lateral blow or heavy, ...

In GEAR » carbon fiber tarp pole breakage.
September 22, 4:55pm

OK Roger, that idea of making the first fold in the middle of the sections to decrease folded tension sounds right for some reason. But I am not going to try to fathom the exact physics of th...

In GEAR » Re-shockcording Tent Poles - What type & length of shock cord to use?
September 22, 4:50pm

Yes and No
My personal preference is that I would not want a WPB shell BUILT-IN to a down jacket. But... I would buy a very special one for certain conditions like say living on Kodiak Island where weather...

In GEAR » wpb and down
September 22, 4:38pm

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