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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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My extreme cold weather mitts
SHELL-> Outdoor Products GTX seam sealed Cordura shell LINER-> EMS (discontinued) double layer fleece mittens The double layer fleece is amazingly warm. I wear thin polyester glove lin...

In GEAR » Looking for a mitt that fits this design
September 04, 3:37pm

Tarptent Scarp 2
My solution was to get a Scarp 2 with the ripstop inner. Fast setup, 2 doors & 2 vestibules and lots of space for the weight. The ripstop inner tent has a lot of mesh at the top and is very wel...

In GEAR » Anjan: One 3 season 2 person tent to rule them all?
September 04, 3:31pm

tiny Gerber
I have the smallest Gerber/Bear Grylls lock-blade made. It weighs 0.9 oz. and will do all the cutting and peanut butter spreading I need. One stainless blade, one pivot pin, one locking spring and ...

In GEAR » is a knife a non-essential item?
August 27, 10:00pm

My 1st Tarptent was a Contrail. Nice tent but not so good in winds. So I sold it and got the original Moment and loved it. Now I have the Moment DW with ripstop inner for 4 season backpacking/backc...

In GEAR » Need help choosing hybrid singlewall shelter, solo
August 27, 2:31pm

If you have already seam sealed all your floor's seams, including the corners then I suggest: 1. Re-seal the seams on both sides. 2. Look for pinholes in the floor fabric as leak sites an...

In GEAR » Leaky Tent
August 27, 2:23pm

MSR white gas stoves... and an alternative
Yep Bob, my Dragonfly has operated very nicely at -22 F. and I even baked a jelly filled large Bisquick biscuit with it that night. That was SO good to eat at those temps. ALTERNATIVE STOVE: My...

In GEAR » Winter Stove Discussion - 2014
August 26, 12:31am

LOFT RETENTION: down v.s synthetic
Jerry, Perhaps for light summer bags synthetic comes close to down in weight but for RETAINED loft over the years down is the clear winner, even if the synthetic is Climashield, so far the best ...

In GEAR » Current light weight synthetic sleeping bags?
August 25, 2:44pm

Sam, you are a gear "modded" after my own heart. That's a lot of mods for one tent and the results are very good, Weight for a two person tent is quite reasonable. We are always se...

In GEAR » Tent vestibules and TENT VESTIBULES
August 22, 6:17pm

Climashield would be my preferred fill by far.. But since the advent of DWR down treatments i'm no longer interested in synthetic bags. New DWR treatments for down like Dri-Down and Down-Tec...

In GEAR » Current light weight synthetic sleeping bags?
August 22, 6:11pm

Enan & Akto W/same footprint??
The Akto is much wider at each end than the Enan. How could the footprints be the same?

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent thread
August 22, 5:40pm

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