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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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Snow Stake
I carry an SMC Snow stake for both soft ground tent staking and potty trowel. Do have to dig carefully so as not to bend it. This dual use is one of the basic tenants of lightweight backpacking.

In GEAR » Potty trowel
September 22, 4:05pm

DWR down vest
For warmth while backpacking or skiing in cold weather a down vest with DWR treated down like Down Tech or Dri-Down would be a good choice. This type of vest keeps your core warm without overhea...

In GEAR » Utility of a down vest
September 20, 4:21pm

MH down fill...
I agree with Justin,. My experience with MH's 3 season down bag low loft was so d@mn disappointing that I returned it and (thankfully) got a WM Megalite. My avatar shows my Eddie Bauer Down...

In GEAR » Down jacket observations
September 20, 4:16pm

Yep, my first suggestion was Goo-Gone and I see it tops the "A List".

In GEAR » Removing pine sap from down jacket?
September 20, 4:13pm

ENAN end stakeout
Peter, The ENAN's end stakeout does present a problem. I doubt if they could use Tarptent's patented design with the Moment's 2captive CF rods at each end. TT's Moment design ...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent thread
September 20, 4:09pm

Yeah, well...
My WM 3 season down bag is a swell dark maroon color and I had matching PJs made for it.;o) My present 3 season pack is an older REI UL 60 two-tone green (olive and avocado) and I like it B/C it...

In GEAR » color of pack, sleeping bag,...
September 20, 4:05pm

Glove shells and liners
How many of you use glove shells with fleece/pile (or other) liners? I've found this to work better for me than any other system because I can: 1. remove damp, sweaty liners & replac...

In Winter Hiking » Glove shells and liners
September 17, 5:57pm

The North Face
Take a look at The North Face synthetic jacket that has the "puff ball" type insulation. Supposed to be very lofty and also retain that loft with use.

In GEAR » Upgrading Fall and Winter Jackets
September 17, 5:18pm

Six Moon Designs
If it was me I'd get a SMD Skyscape X (Cuben fiber tent). Great for 3 season camping. Even has a zip-in "porch" option. To me it's the best UL minimalist design out there. I ...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Ultralight Tents.
September 14, 4:51pm

Discontinued PT Scout
My Princeton Tech Scout with 4 lithium coin batteries does very well and is even waterproof. I had one half of the shell break after many years of use. I called Princceton Tech and they said, &q...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » What headlamp do you use?
September 14, 4:46pm

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