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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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Ryan jordan's new blog
I just subscribed to Ryan Jordan's new blog. The first thing I did was print out his gear list and compare it to my own. Mine is "light" but not always UL. It works for me for the...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ryan jordan's new blog
December 03, 2:32pm

Joe, Thanks for the "research". I've always wondered if my Trail Designs 3 cup pot was the largest in that diameter. Now I know it (nearly) is. BTW, I have a Wally Mart ceramic...

In Multiple Use Gear » Same Caldera Cone, 3 pots, AGG 3 cup=Toaks .9L wide
December 03, 2:17pm

"Leaves & branches"
Max, I've slept comfortably in winter with a ONLY 10" thick bed of dried leaves held in place with a frame of dead logs. At 14 F. I was comfy while other Scouts sat around the fire all...

In GEAR » Foam Pad in the Winter?
December 03, 2:15pm

EB "down"
Just chatted with an EB person (a certified mountain guide) and he told me MOST of their down garments are filled with DUCK DOWN!! So why does EB still use a goose as their symbol?? Aaaaarrrgg...

In GEAR » Looking for a DWR down winter bag
December 03, 1:34pm

Uh huh!
All of this "temperature range" business of alky burners is just one more reason why I've gotten away from them and gone to ESBIT fuel. And FINALLY I have found the most efficient ...

In GEAR » Ever wonder why there isn't an aluminum Trangia alcohol burner?
December 03, 1:18pm

Looking for a DWR down winter bag
My older Mountain Hardwear synthetic -20 F. bag is just too heavy and bulky for a gentleman of my "advanced age" so I want a good down winter bag, say around 0 F. to - 15 F. I can always ...

In GEAR » Looking for a DWR down winter bag
December 03, 12:56pm

wind jackets/shirts and rain parkas AND weight
I carry only an REI Kimtah eVent parka for both rain and wind and save the weight and bulk of a dedicated "wind jacket"/shirt. I've backpacked Virginia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Utah...

In GEAR » Affordable Wind Jackets
December 02, 5:52pm

Tarps & winter
While I've used tarps for winter camping (mainly 10' X 10') I never was completely satisfied with them in any configuration I used. As you've mentioned condensation happens when ...

In Winter Hiking » Golite SL3/tarp issues
December 01, 5:23pm

Will, Be SURE to take the Big 3 with you to avoid the dreaded VAT ("Value Added Tax") plus any hugely inflated import tax for non-Brit gear. And if your better half likes backpacking o...

In GEAR » Moving to UK: I will take all the advice you can spare
November 30, 7:38pm

Cabela's or LL Bean
Cabela's has the largest selection of winter hats I've ever seen. LL Bean also has traditional billed earflap hats. Both have outstanding quality and an ironclad guarantee.

In GEAR » Christmas gift help-billed winter cap with ear flaps
November 26, 12:16am

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