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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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Got the EB Karakoram o Storm Down bag
EB "made me an offer I couldn't refuse" so I got the Karakoram 0, StormDown (Down Tek) bag. On top of the 40% off they gave me another 15% off if I got and EB credit card. I went f...

In GEAR » Winter down bag decision
December 09, 4:28pm

One last remark/suggestion
Just maybe a thin synthetic, removable bag "topper" is an answer to collecting body and tent condensation and drying it out quickly. I dunno, but I do know my duck down topper did c...

In GEAR » Winter down bag decision
December 09, 12:47pm

I admit to a "one track mind" regarding ONLY buying DWR treated down from now on. After getting a -20 synthetic bag very wet in just one night (at 15 F.) and having to use it for the next...

In GEAR » Winter down bag decision
December 09, 12:43pm

Adventurer Opti
My Adventurer Opti works better than my former (lost) Adventurer with the metal electrodes. Glad I got it. I even have the old Adventurer solar charging box and rechargeable CR123 batteries in ...

In GEAR » Which SteriPen Model?
December 08, 9:13pm

Winter down bag decision
After much research I think the bag I'll be getting will be an Eddie Bauer Karakoram 0 Storm Down (down Tek treated down). At $549. it ain't cheap but has everything I need at a reasonab...

In GEAR » Winter down bag decision
December 08, 9:05pm

My backcountry coffee
VIA, VIA, VIA, and flavored VIA. Hang the expense.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » backcountry coffee
December 08, 8:02pm

Men, travel in avy country and testosterone
It has been researched in a few different settings (in and out of avy situations) and it appears that travel parties with one or more women tend to make far better (more prudent) decisions that all...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Avalanches: The Human Factor
December 08, 7:56pm

Toilet Paper and carry bag
I always take TP after having to borrow Kleenex on a day hike. And I ALWAYS carry a stout, aluminum foil lined coffee bag as a wag bag to carry out the used TP. I'd add a 12" X 12&q...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Required items for UL backpacking
December 08, 7:50pm

Breathability v.s. wind protection
Winter biking and XC racing clothes often have the front area shielded with a light windbreaker fabric so the "breathability" is all in the back of the garments. I've found this w...

In GEAR » Layering strategy for Winter Running
December 08, 2:35pm

Neoprene socks
I dunno guys but I have NEVER had problems staying warm in winter with neoprene socks over thin poly liners.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Neoprene Socks & Condensation
December 07, 10:46pm

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