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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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"Car rescue"
Hey, if SAR only had to drive up to his location then there is no big deal about an expensive, time consuming search and evac. A CAR rescue? REALLY? Much ado about nothing, and the SAR leader sh...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Criticism after 'car park rescue' of Cairngorm walker
December 16, 6:50pm

Snow in my mountains!
Got about 8"of snow in the Spring Mountains two days ago. Another 3" to 4" coming tomorrow. It's beginning to look a lot like winter backcountry skiing and camping! What...

In Winter Hiking » Snow in my mountains!
December 16, 6:37pm

Winter pack considerations
HK, you've nailed down a lot of good design ideas. Here are a few more to think about. 1. 70 liters max size 2. Extendable top sleeve of about 10 " with its own drawstring can a...

In Winter Hiking » Design THE perfect light winter backpack
December 16, 6:30pm

Welcome to BPL Charlie. There are types of shelters you will want to consider for the JMT. 1. tarp - flat OR shaped 2. floorless pyramid tent 3. tent - single or double wall OR just the...

In GEAR » Quest for perfect shelter system for 3 week solo JMT starting in late July
December 16, 6:07pm

SEMI-DURABLE DWR for hard & soft-shell clothing??
There is a university study quoted in the "WINTER BAG DECISION" thread that says DWR lasts only about "50 miles" with abrasion wearing it off. I believe this study B/C my sk...

In GEAR » SEMI-DURABLE DWR for hard & soft-shell clothing??
December 16, 1:12pm

Training pack
I carry a 50 L. Camelbak "Commmander" caamo hunting pack with 30 + lbs. for training. Originally the pack came with a floppy plastic "frame sheet" and cloth waist belt. MO...

In GEAR » Load Carrying Capacity: Frameless vs. Framed
December 16, 12:51pm

EB Karakoram size
"Supposably" I'll get my EB Karakoram bag this Thursday. I may be able to live with the extended foot length but NEVER with a too-low neck collar. Like Peter I may send mine b...

In GEAR » Winter down bag decision
December 16, 12:41am

Welcome, & please post yer photo.

In GEAR » Loonnnnggg time lurker, first time poster..
December 13, 8:14pm

GAITERS-> protection & warmth
Chris, I dunno what temps are there in "Hamsterfish" but I'd recommend some Gore-Tex gaiters. They will keep snow from getting in your boots and wetting everything and Also give yo...

In Winter Hiking » My snowshoe footwear system
December 13, 1:13pm

Jim, thanks for the comparison test. We need more of that for new gear. BUT... I find all of those stoves way too "tall & tippy" for my taste. A remote inverted canister setup ...

In GEAR » MSR Windboiler – Wind Testing
December 13, 1:01pm

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