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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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Depends
If I expected a lot of snow falling it would be a bothy for sure for the shelter. But, with what I have now I'd take just my TT Scarp 2 fly and main pole. It's a fast set-up with the pol...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Tarp or bothy for solo ski tour?
January 06, 7:03pm

"Pack Progress'
In the '50s Nearly everyone who backpacked thought the Kelty and later Camp Trails external frame backpacks were Very comfortable. It was "pack progress" fer sure. Yes, we geezers...

In GEAR » What Dan McHale has to say about UL backpacks
January 06, 6:54pm

Whut Bob G. sed
Persactly Bob, and it's what I posted on another thread, vest and jacket, together or separately. "Back in the Day", when Nordic patrolling at the 1979 pre-Olympics at Lake Placid ...

In GEAR » Light down jacket vs vest
January 06, 6:35pm

Better backpacking through "meds" ;o)
I do use "NO2 Red" time release L-Arginine tablets from GNC or Vitamin World. They release more Nitric Oxide into your blood stream which, in turn, dilates your blood vessels including ca...

In GEAR » Old Guys Backpacking
January 06, 2:47pm

OK, OK, OK
I do get the point that this IS a Hilleberg thread and that I'm overly enthusiastic about Tarptent products. Mea culpa. But the point that I keep mentioning is that the AKTO and ENAN can be...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent thread
January 06, 2:36pm

EN ratings and winter bags
Jeremy & Stuart. Verrrry interesting Mammut monograph on EN ratings. Thank you. So, as of now we just have the manufacturer's reputation for temperature ratings on bags. Western Mount...

In Winter Hiking » What's your winter bag temp rating?
January 03, 11:22pm

PHOTOS OF MY "WINTERIZED" TARPTENT MOMENT DW
Despite Senior Daroli's contention that the Moment design derives from the Scarp design I feel that the Hilleberg Akto is the inspiration for both of them, being the best known of the early cen...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent thread
January 03, 10:31pm

"Local" pit zip mod
I've had a local tailor do four jackets for me. If you supply them with the correct coil zipper (2 pulls, one at each end) and mark EXACTLY where you want them a tailor can do it. HINT: Whe...

In GEAR » Add pit-zips to jacket
January 03, 8:34pm

OLD??
Define "old". I'm 71. My avatar photo was taken 3 years ago. I know 71 may be considered "advanced in age" but I gotta say I don't feel it much - a bit but not much. ...

In GEAR » Old Guys Backpacking
January 02, 12:38am

All 200 lbs. of my UL gear
I'm looking forward to using ALL of my gear this year.

In GEAR » 2015
January 01, 2:18pm

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