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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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YEP!
I'd like to see that list so we can compare, say 2" of Primaloft whatever to 2" of Climashield whatever. (But then too there's the "durability of loft" factor which ...

In GEAR » CLO List
January 24, 4:06pm

Roll your own - REALLY?
Wow, that's the most anal thing I've yet seen on BPL. A new record that will long stand. Just pull out the d@mn cardboard center and flatten the roll. DONE!

In GEAR » Roll Your Own Toilet Paper
January 24, 4:04pm

Respectfully disagree
I respectfully disagree with Richard when he says you don't need VBLs "with modern closed-cell (boot) liners". IF the boot liners are truly closed cell OK, you can "get by&quo...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » What socks do you use?
January 22, 12:48pm

Specialization and general use
TARPS-> great in bugless fair weather BIVYS-> great in snow caves, quinzhees and igloos, snow trenches and foxholes to keep sleeping bags dry(er). TENTS-> great ANY time and thus not...

In GEAR » Tarps vs tents vs bivys: What's your $0.02?
January 22, 12:38pm

OXYMORONS
Some oxymorons (IMHO) 1. "military intelligence" 2. "jumbo shrimp" 3. "comfortable frameless pack" So, yeah, a lightly framed pack to TRANSFER the load to my h...

In GEAR » How many of you feel that a heavier framed pack carries light loads much better than a frameless?
January 22, 12:33pm

"tent/tarp"
After selling my single wall TT Moment I'm ordering the Moment DW. I can use the fly alone as "tent/terp" It's light, wind stable, well-vented and very fast to pitch. Your 2...

In GEAR » Ultralight shelter options for cooking, resting, eating, or emergencies in a continuous rain environment.
January 22, 12:25pm

A word on warm feet
As I've mentioned many times here in BPL, my solution for keeping my feet warm all day is to use: 1.boots with REMOVABLE LINERS (they go insie your sleeping bag overnight) 2. VAPOR BARRIE...

In Editor's Roundtable » Camping in the Snow
January 22, 12:15pm

Interesting answers - and my answers
Here are my answers to a "time machine" early 1800s backpacking situation. PACK-> single bag, drawstring top, compression corded sides and front removable top compartment/fanny pack...

In GEAR » Back to the Past
January 20, 5:18pm

Dana Designs Terraplane pack
One ORIGINAL Terraplane pack -> $180. (firm) Made in Bozeman, Montana. 1. spruce green 2. size large 3. medium hipbelt 4. 2 optional plastic-backed side pockets Very good condition ...

In Gear Swap » Dana Designs Terraplane pack
January 18, 2:41pm

My Bag as a Quilt - sometimes
I use my WM Megalite down bag as a quilt when it's warm enough to do so because, yes, it IS more comfortable than being all zipped up in a mummy bag. I hook teh foot of the opened Megalite over...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Claustrophobia, quilt owners’ secret shame?
January 18, 2:32pm

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