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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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I sent my Megalite 30 F. bag back to WM for an overfill. IT came back looking like Bibendum, the Michelien Man. I did it B/C I had a few nights in the mid 20 F. range where I had to put on every...

In GEAR » WM bag overfill - any reason not to?
February 08, 7:22pm

The North Face?
Look at TNF's Puff Ball synthetic jacket. Very innovative insulation.

In GEAR » 3-season synthetic jacket recommendations
February 08, 7:12pm

Decided on over-quilt
I've decided I will go the over-quilt route - and with Down Tek DWR treated down if I can find a vendor with it. I'll make a Velcro-detachable collar for the Megalite. As a geezer I nee...

February 07, 4:17pm

Model "1"
To clarify, this is a model "1" Wind Pro purchased in 2008.

In Gear Swap » MSR WIND PRO canister stove 4 SALE
February 07, 4:09pm

WELL qualified people
I have Trauma's backpacking book and greatly respect the experience of both these men. As a former Nordic and Alpine patroller and backcountry skier with Avy 1 certification I feel they are...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » PCT SOBO in Winter
February 07, 4:03pm

"ME TOO" ;o)
That's why I always carry a tent! Hee, hee

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Fear of sleeping outside?
February 07, 3:55pm

Uh Huh...
I posted a "good death" sort of thing in the "geezer" thread, saying I wanted to die on the trail. So what if my wife has to pay for a helo extraction of my carcass. (Then w...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » PCT and Terminal Cancer
February 07, 3:50pm

Good insoles
George is absolutely correct. I went with heat-moldable insoles I got at REI and the blister and foot expansion problems have disappeared! It was amazing. Even my knees felt better at the end ...

In GEAR » A twist on the age-old thru-hiker shoe question
February 07, 3:43pm

@ Bob> So I made a little typo. It's been corrected. Hey, so I'm dyslexic (deslics?, klisdsick?) @Jerry> Just listing the procedure MSR suggested. I guess it's necessary to pum...

In GEAR » MSR Whisperlite Universal flame control question (Roger Caffin please read)
February 06, 3:27pm

I prefer long 'shoes for flotation. My MSR 30" Lightning Ascents PLUS the tail extensions. After my back country skiing experience I have no problem handling a few extra inches on a s...

In GEAR » Snowshoe sizing?
February 06, 3:23pm

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