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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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Xteripen Adventurer
I prefer the Steripen. BUT... I always carry Katadyn chlorine dioxide tabs for my hydration bladder and backup in case the Steripen $hit$ the bed.

In GEAR » Steripen vs Light Sawyer filter... Which do you prefer?
June 10, 1:37pm

MARMOT???? eh...
Marmot BWP laminates are NOT similar to eVent either in breathability or durability. eVent laminate is far more breathable than any Marmot laminate.

In GEAR » What's the lightest, most breathable shell there is?
June 08, 8:52pm

Had the same problem W/ Oaprey EXOS 58
The REI clerk measured my torso and said the measurement indicated I needed a "Medium" size EXOS 58 but the "Large" size fit far better in the shoulders with properly angled lif...

In GEAR » How does my backpack fit? (Pics inside)
June 08, 8:48pm

Tarptent Notch
Get a Tarptent Notch. After you get used to using it as a double wall tent begin using the fly only as a very nice tarp that happens to have zippered doors.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ultralight Shelters
May 29, 5:06pm

A GOOD synthetic fill
In my experience the best (current) synthetic bag fill is Climashield. It resists loss of loft from being compressed in stuff sacks better than the other synthetic fills. Get a good bag rated to...

In GEAR » How many F degrees of warmth can a silk sleeping liner and a LW down puffy add?
May 28, 1:30am

Dry Down, Down Tek, etc.
Yeah, I own a nice Eddie Bauer down jacket but if I were to do it again I'd buy a jacket with some form of "water resistant" down. i.e. down that has been treated with a DWR. IMHO ...

In GEAR » Do I need a special type of down jacket?
May 28, 1:11am

...speaking of Joey from Friends
(On SUPPOSEDLY) "Supposably. (Frowning with deep thought) Yeah, supposably." I truly did ROLF LAMAO when I heard that one. Some writer must have heard a friend murder the word and j...

In GEAR » Taut, Taught, & Taunt Pitches
May 28, 1:04am

YEP, whut Chuck sed
MSR Ground Hog. If'n yer really paranoid try an SMC snow stake or pointed snow anchor used for belays.

In GEAR » Strong tent stake....just one for a hexamid
May 28, 12:51am

Bass Ackwards
It's actually the other way around. You should be carrying a good WPB rain parka like e-Vent with the fleece, not (just) a wind jacket unless God has spoken and assured you there will be no...

In GEAR » Wind jacket plus fleece with no rain jacket?
May 28, 12:45am

1. pulled an unconscious guy out of a wrecked burning Chevy Corvair in 1965 in front of my college apartment. 2. At an inland lake in Pennsylvania my (then) 14 year old daughter and I quickly pa...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Have you ever saved someone's life?
May 25, 7:03pm

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