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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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Tarptent Moment DW
The TT Moment DW is similar in design to the AKTO but longer and, with the optional crossing pole, a much better 4 season tent. The Moment DW has 2 doors and vestibules with the "back door...

In GEAR » Withdrawal from the BPL brain trust (need tent advice)
May 18, 3:55pm

Whut Duane sed...
So jist git yer butt off to night skoll and git yer GED! As a retired high school English and social sciences teacher (history, psychology and environmental studies) even in the '90s I despa...

In GEAR » Taut, Taught, & Taunt Pitches
May 18, 3:33pm

Travel in 3rd world nations
I've been a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines in the '60s and married a Filipina teacher. Truly those were "The good old days" of that culture when it was prosperous and pe...

In GEAR » Bomber, Lightweight, Freestanding Tent
May 18, 3:23pm

Cabela's catalog
Cabela's sells a variety of very good base camp tents. I really like their dome tents for being bombproof.

In GEAR » Basecamp and large
May 17, 2:06pm

If I were doing this trek...
After reading your comments here I'd get an MSR Whisperlite International multi-fuel stove, two fuel bottles and a repair kit. Learn how to clean it periodically. That should suffice for alm...

In GEAR » Wood-burning stove, denatured alcohol stove or a Solid-fuel tablet stove?
May 17, 2:04pm

Whut "J Mag" sez...
I agree with J Mag that (some) people come here and ask the same d@mn questions repeatedly, as though the answers they were given the first time were irrelevant. Really, these people need to be ...

In GEAR » Trolls?
May 17, 1:46pm

Hitch hike???? in Latin America???
Girl, I'm a 5' 10", 180 lb. male and I wouldn't think of "hitch hiking" in Latin America. Waaaay too dangerous, ESPECIALLY in Mexico! Cartels regularly kidnap women and s...

In GEAR » Bomber, Lightweight, Freestanding Tent
May 17, 1:38pm

Trail Designs Caldera Cone Sidewinder
I recommend the Sidewinder Ti stove with the 3 cup pot for solo backpacking. The Gram Cracker ESBIT holder is efficient and the optional Inferno woodburning insert works great. You can even burn...

In GEAR » Wood-burning stove, denatured alcohol stove or a Solid-fuel tablet stove?
May 16, 5:33pm

TT Moment DW
The Moment DW is a great tent and is freestanding WITH the crossing pole. For "bomber" security against high winds and heavy rain this tent has a lot going for it. Order it with four f...

In GEAR » Bomber, Lightweight, Freestanding Tent
May 16, 5:21pm

"...got your EXOS yet?"
Jake, Unfortunately I have to buy a Moment DW to replace my Moment SW that I sold recently. Perhaps later in the summer I can fit the EXOS 58 into my budget. (Ya see, there's this new Toy...

In GEAR » Exos 58 + Mora
May 11, 7:07pm

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