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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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I always pack a complete tent. I love sleeping in a tent, safe from bugs, creepy-crawlies and rain or snow. In fact most of you know I obsess about having a secure winter tent. On one hand I lov...

In GEAR » What our gear says about us...
January 09, 8:15pm

MSR Dragonfly... eh
I have an MSR Dragonfly and, while it DOES work wonderfully as a winter stove and has the best and lowest simmer I've found it is HEAVY. That's my only gripe about this very good stove. I b...

In GEAR » need new winter white gas stove
January 09, 7:18pm

US brands
Look at Six moon Designs Cuben solo tents. Skyscape X is my fav. of theirs. I own a Tarptent Moment DW. Several options are available for this outstanding tent and it can be pitched in 3 differe...

In GEAR » Shelter help needed
January 09, 2:13pm

Waiting for those big techno breakthroughs!
We want: > Unobtainium hiking and tent poles > Down that NEVER absorbs water > tent material lighter than Cuben and tougher than slinylon > stoves that use a version of soli...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Why is this forum so inactive?
January 08, 9:49pm

Alky for WINTER??
Bob, Alky is my very last choice for winter camping. I'd at least recommend ESBIT for winter and better yet a gassifier wood stove like the Trail Designs Sidewinder with Inferno wood burning...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » UL winter cook kit
January 08, 9:40pm

STILL not enough snow in Spring Mountains near Las Vegas
But the eastern US is getting blasted with the snow and sub-zero temps I want!

In Winter Hiking » Snow in my mountains!
January 08, 9:27pm

Synthetic fill choices
Many like garment manufacturers PrimaLoft in its many iterations. I prefer Climashield for its resilience. Loss of loft after repeated stuffings is the bane of synthetic fills. It's one reas...

In GEAR » What is the best lightweight synthetic parka to buy and why?
January 08, 9:24pm

What do you like for winter foods? (Besides fruitcake :o)

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » BEST WINTER FOODS?
January 06, 7:20pm

The NAUGHTY LIST has 35 posts and the NICE LIST has only (as of now) 5 posts?? Shame on us. Such negativity. (That said, I will NEVER backpack again with the rattlesnake personality lady.)

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » And now the Nice list
January 06, 7:19pm

I ALWAYS sleep in my tights...
... and cape and boots. I fly so much that I've been gaining weight so my doc told me to start walking more.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sleeping in tights?
January 06, 7:15pm

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