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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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Back to the ENAN (and the TT Scarp 1)
As one who belongs to the "Tarptent Persuasion" (OK, religion) I like the ENAN's room but like the Moment DW's ability to use a crossing pole even more. Whether one uses the Mo...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent thread
December 05, 6:54pm

Contrail & Protrail
I can see that the Protrail is an improvement over the Contrail for storm worthiness and it may be even a bit lighter. My 1st Tarptent was a Contrail and I liked it a lot. After 4 summers I sold...

In GEAR » Tarptent Protrail
December 05, 6:38pm

XC racing/high speed touring clothing for winter running
SHELL- Windbreaker jacket (maybe over 200 wt. fleece vest if too cold) MID LAYER & LEGS->Lycra & spandex one-piece suit or biking winter pants W/ front windbreaker material BASE LA...

In GEAR » Layering strategy for Winter Running
December 05, 12:53am

XC skiing clothing
Winter running has to require clothes much like we XC skiers use. You may not want a stretch Lycra one-piece suit but look around at sites supplying XC clothing, especially race clothes, including ...

In GEAR » Layering strategy for Winter Running
December 04, 1:01am

Ross' stove
Ross, Why isn't that stove still made? Seems so light and effective. Is it as fuel efficient as an aluminum Caldera Cone?

In GEAR » Ever wonder why there isn't an aluminum Trangia alcohol burner?
December 04, 12:58am

Today I used the EXOS 58 for the first time on a 5 mile training hike. I had about 25 lbs. in it and I can say it was THE most comfortable pack I've ever used. Looking forward to many good ...

In GEAR » Finally got an Osprey EXOS 58 backpack
December 04, 12:52am

Smart @ss!
Bob, I can always count on you for sage advice. ;o) Actually when I see that you have commented I always read them B/C I know they come from long experience. This time you have exceeded your usu...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ryan jordan's new blog
December 03, 2:54pm

"Lightweight water"
Hee, hee, Dave, you know that was a typo. I meant TWO liters of water. (Why haven't "they" invented freeze-dried water? - or at least freeze-dried IPA beer?) Dave, do you have y...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ryan jordan's new blog
December 03, 2:46pm

New pack
After 5 years of using REI's Cruise UL 60 pack I've "upgraded" to the more comfortable Osprey EXOS 58 pack. (I think I may sell the REI pack for about $50. Is that too low a pr...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Gear Upgrade Frequency
December 03, 2:34pm

Ryan jordan's new blog
I just subscribed to Ryan Jordan's new blog. The first thing I did was print out his gear list and compare it to my own. Mine is "light" but not always UL. It works for me for the...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ryan jordan's new blog
December 03, 2:32pm

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