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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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BPL course gear lists???
Take a look at BPL's courses. There are NO gear lists - unless you sign up and pay. THEN you get a list. So for me, at least, no up front gear lists = no signup. What the heck gives wi...

In Gear Lists » BPL course gear lists???
December 27, 2:28pm

+1 on LL BEAN wool sweaters. Very reasonable prices. I got a /4 zip T neck for Christmas. Love it!

In GEAR » I need to replace wool sweater
December 26, 11:53pm

All this commentary makes me thankful that I have a 4WD 2007 RAV 4 V6 with both winter wheels/tires" (steel wheels W/All Terrain tires) and chains for my FRONT wheels. As a volunteer ski p...

In GEAR » 2wd front wheel drive car in the sierra nevadas...
December 26, 11:50pm

Combo DWR-> Nikwax & Revivex
1. Wash with Nikwax GTX wash. 2. Rinse and in the 2nd rinse use Niwax GTX DWR treatment. 3. Dry in medium heat drier. 4. Spray shell thoroughly with Revivex. This has worked for me better tha...

In GEAR » Restore DWR on Goretex jacket?
December 21, 8:19pm

WM Megalite AND down sweater
My WM Megalite 30 F. bag plus hiking pants and a down sweaer have been good for 24 F. in August on the PCT near Olancha Peak in a high valley (8,000 ft.). The down jacket is absolutely necessary fo...

In GEAR » Good high dessert hike/sleeping system?
December 21, 8:14pm

Wally Mart's Outdoor Products gear
Outdoor Products' dry bag 3 pack at Wally Mart. And also their trekking poles at the same store.

In GEAR » Best Cheap Gear of 2013
December 21, 8:08pm

Road Kill T shirt girl
I'm taking the Road Kill T shirt girl with me. If SHE can't keep us warm I ain't goin out! "Seriousnessly" though, a heat reflecting blanket for a lean-to type "roof&...

In GEAR » Cold weather/winter survival shelter
December 21, 8:03pm

1" of water??
Rick, I'm totally lost with your explaination of using "one inch of water" to set a stove in. HUH? Water in a cut-down margarine can in WINTER? Am I missing something here? ...

In Winter Hiking » 2.6 oz stove pad in action
December 21, 12:40am

My "Most Excellent" solution
Devin, For probably the umpteenth time here on BPL I'll post my best solution. Might sound a bit strange but it works far better than any other VBL or combination of socks. I use thin neo...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » What socks do you use?
December 20, 3:15pm

;o) Hee, hee
Tent erections Anthony, TENT erections in the cold. (But now that you mention it...)

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Stronger tent poles
December 20, 3:07pm

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