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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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Need to make removable bag neck collar
I'm likely going to use an over quilt on my Western Mountaineering Megalite bag for winter. The WM bag has been over-filled by the factory and is now easily a 20 F. bag. What the bag lacks ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Need to make removable bag neck collar
February 02, 4:57pm

Spaghetti sauce
BTW, on a related topic. I dehydrate spaghetti sauce in 1 cup portions, The "leather" is placed in a ZipLoc sandwich bag and I freeze it. A day later I remove it and crumble it into fl...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Long term dehydration prep for a PCT thruhike
February 02, 4:23pm

Now THIS is why I read the forums. Daymn! That's a great idea - and they are reusable.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Breast Milk Bags
February 02, 4:12pm

Hee, hee...
...reminds me of my PCT professional trail building days in 1980. We used a Stihl chainsaw, even where the USFS said we could not. But the boss made us hide it from the rangers. Well, after flyi...

In Winter Hiking » Not so UL.
February 02, 4:05pm

Done it once -
I've done it once - so far - and it worked very well. It was with my EB Down Light jacket (see my avatar) and my Xmas gift EB Down Tech vest under. At 8,000+ ft. I was very comfy on a windy 15 ...

In GEAR » Expected warmth from combining down vest and down jacket
February 02, 3:58pm

BWP parka solution
Just zip up your BWP parka and slip it over your footbox to keep out moisture. Cinch the hood tightly too. Works for me very well over the years and adds a bit of warmth too.

In GEAR » Do weatherproof stripes on EE quilts help?
February 02, 3:51pm

"Carol from Crux"
OK Carol, time to go back to physics class. Sure, the moisture from mostly perspiration is going to permeate the down without a good VBL suit. BUT with untreated down the moisture will begin to ...

In GEAR » Downtek
February 02, 3:47pm

My solution
I've just used my eVent parka as a wind shirt if it was needed for warmth. It breathes well and saves the weight of a wind shirt. And, of course, it keeps me totally dry in driving rains.

In GEAR » OR Helium II? Have you tested it?
February 01, 4:15pm

Tim "Skidmore" ??
Are you sure that's not "Skidmarks"? ;o)

In GEAR » BEST Cuben Fiber Toilet paper...????
January 31, 12:35am

"Back in the day", when I served in the Peace Corps, Philippines (1966 - '67), we had to take one Aralin tablet every Sunday as a prophylaxis against malaria. It seemed to work for al...

In GEAR » Malaria Pills
January 27, 7:30pm

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