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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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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

Odds 'n ends add up
Bill, For one thing I often carry retort pouched food like tuna, chicken, etc. for freezer bag cooking. It's definitely not lightweight. Also I do carry an extra day of food - "just ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ryan jordan's new blog
December 07, 10:37pm

REI Cruise UL 60 FOR SALE $75.00
Just bought a new Osprey EXOS 58 and I'm selling my 5 year old REI Cruise UL 60. $75.00 US two tone green (olive and "avocado") waist belt buckles replaced with new GREGORY &...

In Gear Swap » REI Cruise UL 60 FOR SALE $75.00
December 07, 10:22pm

REI Sahara pants
REI's Sahara pants and shirts are about the lightest I'd want for any kind of durability. I have both Sahara shirts and pants and found them well made and cool in summer.

In GEAR » Thorofare Trekking Pants
December 07, 9:58pm

Down DWR
My newest down garment, an Eddie Bauer vest, has Down Tek DWR. I will never buy another down garment or bag without a good down DWR. Nuf sed.

In GEAR » Can I beat the MB frost line parka ?
December 07, 9:53pm

Gud Tur!
May Snorre, the Norse of of snow, bless you with 1 foot of "Hollywood snow"* and make your trip beautiful. *Hollywod snow - just enough snow to look great (and make you look great whil...

In Winter Hiking » Waiting AND WAITING, for snow in my mountains
December 07, 3:00pm

Airport carbon tax
Matt, Since 3 months ago there has been a U.S. $250. carbon tax for ONE WAY travel and a $500. carbon tax for round trip travel through Heathrow and other Brit international airports. (God, I ab...

In GEAR » Moving to UK: I will take all the advice you can spare
December 07, 2:52pm

Non- sheltered Entrance
Dale Stuart is EXACTLY correct. This style of entrance lets in rain and snow as soon as it is opened. I say this from owning an early 1980s Jansport "wedge" tent with the same type of ...

In GEAR » New Big Sky Soul - double wall freestanding tent...18 ounces
December 07, 2:40pm

Touring boots & Turning boots
As I stated above, I use my Vasque double layer leather 3 pin boots with my 210 cm. Asnes touring skis. But for steeper and "turnier" terrain I have to use my Atomic Tele skis and plas...

In Winter Hiking » Backcountry touring ski upgrade
December 06, 2:57pm

Waiting AND WAITING, for snow in my mountains
Not only do I want to do some alpine and tele skiing at the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort but I really want to use my new Moment DW in a good snowstorm in the Spring Mountains to see how we...

In Winter Hiking » Waiting AND WAITING, for snow in my mountains
December 06, 2:48pm

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