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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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Veddy, veddy interesting...
Been looking at this brand ever since it was reviewed here on BPL. Only external frame pack that interests me, well, aside from the Osprey "wire frame" packs, which truly are a hybrid fr...

In GEAR » Paradox/SeekOutside Unaweep Pics
August 22, 5:38pm

Fingers Crossed
I'm really hoping EB will continue their First Ascent line. I like everything in it even if I don't need most of it. I do feel they have a good WPB membrane shell parka and my one piece ...

In GEAR » Is Eddie Bauer giving up on First Ascent?
August 22, 12:57am

VERY cold and "Dinosaur Stoves"
I'm with Thomas. If I know it's going to be below -10 F. I'll lug my MSR Dragonfly along. Utterly reliable at any below zero temps that I can put up with and is THE best simmering whi...

In GEAR » Winter Stove Discussion - 2014
August 22, 12:40am

Sam's tent
Sam, Did you make that fly yourself? If so most excellent job Dude. Daryl, My Moment DW and Scarp fly/vestibules extend to the ground if I dig shallow holes for the main arch pole and the en...

In GEAR » Tent vestibules and TENT VESTIBULES
August 21, 8:38pm

Und you VILL like it! ESBIT UBER ALLES! Well, enough with my attempt at Prussian humor. But Actually I've found Firefly to be just a bit hotter. Now if I could only find another source ...

In GEAR » @ --B.G.-- et al--Esbit vs. Bleuet tabs
August 21, 8:28pm

DWR treated down
If you're buying a down jacket try to get one that has DWR treated down like Dri-Down or Down-Tek. Then you can wear it while hiking and know it will dry fast overnight.

In GEAR » What kind of layers do I need for 14 Fahrenheit?
August 20, 10:36pm

Another book on winter travel
"Allen and Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book" is the very best book on the subject I've ever come across. As a ski patroller who has taught US Army ROTC cadets winter sur...

In Winter Hiking » Hiking in the Snow for Beginners.
August 20, 10:12pm

Lemony-scented plastic bags
Don't never carry them thar scented bags in bear country. Yummmmm!

In GEAR » Getting rid of lemon-y plastic bag smell
August 20, 10:03pm

Tent vestibules and TENT VESTIBULES
To me a good tent vestibule serves several purposes. Namely: 1. Shelter the inner tent entrance from rain and snow (This implies a CLOSED vestibule, not just a "porch".) 2. Provide a...

In GEAR » Tent vestibules and TENT VESTIBULES
August 20, 9:56pm

Epic posting...
Justin, You ain't seen nuttin' yet. Wait until they get to posting on mattresses or tarps or "THE BEST" of whatever gear.. And then we usually have a good "Why I'm...

In GEAR » Best UL non-stick frying pan for the trail?
August 20, 9:42pm

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