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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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Yer Tent
Marcel, Since you listed gear and photos showed that you use only the tent fly I'd like to comment on your shelter choice. I would much rather have taken a double walled tent for the trip, A...

In Winter Hiking » Norway - Hardangervidda crossing - route / gearlist / photos
January 12, 2:09pm

Scientific testing needed
It sure would be nice :o) if some BPL tester would do a scientific test to see WHICH down DWR teatment is "best". Patagonia appears to have its own method of applying DWR and maybe th...

In GEAR » Water Repellent Down, One Year In
January 12, 2:00pm

Misting re-coat cure
I re-coated my TT Moment (single wall) with a 5:1 ratio (by volume) of odorless mineral spirits to GE cear silicone caulk. I brush it on and wipe it down with a blu paper "shop towel" for...

In GEAR » Single person 3-season shelter for rainy environment
January 12, 1:51pm

No Chinese cr@p!
If US-sold Silvas are made in China then get a Suunto with settable declination and a sighting mirror. You need a compass that is graduated in 2 degree increments to permit accurate readings. If ...

In GEAR » Best baseplate compass
January 01, 8:45pm

Cabela's selection
Cabela's has the largest selection of winter boots anywhere, including Zappos. **(I strongly recommend that you wear seam sealed thin neoprene diver's socks for your VBLS for their warmt...

In GEAR » Winter footwear
January 01, 8:37pm

?? For Whisperlite Internat'l owners
I have had an MSR Dragonfly mullti liquid fuel stove for 15 years. I got it for winter camping SPECIFICALLY to bake because similar Optimus remote canister offerings could not be turned low enough....

In GEAR » ?? For Whisperlite Internat'l owners
January 01, 8:10pm

Eddie Bauer pack
Eddie Bauer makes a very versatile mountaineering pack. It's expandable and has a removable back pad. It has garnered a few design awards.

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Good dependable pack
January 01, 12:22pm

MSR customer service
Jeff, I have a 25 year old MSR Dragonfly. I upgraded to the newer pump version about 6 years ago but haven't used the stove since 2011. It worked fine and even with a lot of use on the origi...

In GEAR » MSR white gas stove pump failure
January 01, 12:12pm

Lightning Ascent versatility
1. XC and backcountry skis give a LOT more flotation than snowshoes. (More flotation = easier trailbreaking.) 2. You usually need the largest snowshoes you can handle. (36" in most cases) T...

In Winter Hiking » msr snowshoes -- evo vs lightning
January 01, 12:02pm

Ivo, you are GOOD at cutting. Cutting is the heart of any fabric construction, be it clothing or tents. I should hire you to make my "ideal" 4 season tent. :o)

In Make Your Own Gear » Wintertent (Soulo copy): I need your thoughts
December 31, 6:23pm

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