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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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Forum » Thread

Henry's genius
When I see the Notch and especially the Stratospire tents I am just fascinated by the clever geometry which results in such great interior space and functioning vestibules. Henry sure is a great...

In GEAR » Tarptent Thread
July 05, 4:15pm

Tarptent thread available
Franco, I agree that you need to refute posts that are misleading, lies or damned lies. Posters need to be more careful when criticizing how tents fare during inclement weather WHEN SAID TENTS A...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent thread
July 05, 4:07pm

Rain Suits v.s. Ponchos
I opt for rain suits, usually just the parka paired with synthetic pants with a good spraying of DWR like Revivex. Lighter and better protection when needed. I have two rain suits: 1. PacLite...

In GEAR » High likely hood of rain. What rain shell would you carry?
July 04, 1:16pm

VERY light
Greg, Although I'm a Tarptent Fanboy through-and-through for a very light weight and safe shelter I recommend the Six Moon Designs Skyscape X (Cuben fabric) solo tent. It is the lightest on...

In GEAR » UL camping treks in Nepal
July 04, 12:59pm

THANKS for the Pics!
Walter, Those are good photos of Tarptents in varying weather conditions. When I saw Don's photo of the Rainbow (Double Rainbow?) it made me think that this design may be the most "b...

In GEAR » Tarptent Thread
July 04, 12:51pm

Not light but...
My REI Kimtah eVent parks (ex. lg. to fit over puffy) weighs 15.5 oz. and the price was RIGHT on a 20% off sale. Note: I may add waterproof pit zips and that would push it just over one pound. ...

In GEAR » Cutting edge rain shells?
July 03, 12:58pm

Tarptent Winter Tent?
Aside from the Scarp 1 and 2 and Moment DW there are few TT tents that can be classified as "winter" tents, able to withstand a good gale, say an all night 50 - 65 mph wind. Hilleberg has...

In GEAR » Tarptent Thread
July 03, 12:54pm

Whut Monkey sed
But make a small envelope of Tyvek for the stakes to keep the points from poking something.

In GEAR » Packing the stakes for cook kit
July 03, 12:45pm

Two answers
1. Leave the pole handle marks as-is. They give it "character" and backcountry cred. 2. Use Shoe Goo transparent repair in the light mesh. It won't look good but will hold things t...

In GEAR » Gear damage - suggestions please
July 03, 12:43pm

"micro grid fabric"
Eh, I'm not so excited about "micro grid" fabrics. I have a couple of Cabela's zippered mock turtle neck poly tops with roughly a 3/16 grid size in the interior. They were fine...

In GEAR » NEW Patagonia stuff for Fall 2015
July 01, 9:59pm

All Reader Reviews by Eric Blumensaadt

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Trail designs SideWinder
The Trail Designs Sidewinder is an "alternative" fuel stove that is a 3 fuel stove. I.e. it can burn alcohol, ESBIT tablets or wood. What's more it is highly efficient at all of these...

In Cookware - Other
June 18, 1:41am

Trail Designs SideWinder for AGG 2qt pot
My 3 cup Open Country pot is the perfect size for solo camping. It fits in the Sidewinder ti stove and using ESBIT with a modified Gram Cracker tablet holder (BGET) IMHO this is the perfect size sto...

In Stoves - Other
June 08, 2:06am

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