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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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Try spraying it with the "Anti-Microbial" version of Fabreeze. Then turn the tent inside out and hang it outside to dry and et the sun's UV rays, which do kill some bacteria. I ...

In GEAR » Stink Bomb Tent
January 20, 1:28pm

Stratospire room
The TT Stratospire in either 1 or 2 person size likely has the most headroom AND useable floorspace for the weight. "Floorspace" is a tricky term. USEABLE floorspace should be what det...

In GEAR » Lightweight tent: Tarptent SS2 or ZPacks Triplex or Big Sky Mirage 2P
January 19, 3:10pm

Comfort of Osprey EXOS 58
I've found the pure comfort of the Osprey EXOS 58 harness and mesh back is worth a few extra ounces. And this comfort lasts all day.

In GEAR » Backpacking Frame options
January 18, 3:22pm

This SHOULD be the successor to the Contrail. I had a Contrail & got a Moment instead B/C the Contrail was not "wind-worthy" enough. The PROTRAIL looks like it will be much better ...

In GEAR » Tarptent Protrail
January 17, 3:12pm

Synthetic overbuilt
Yeah, I've proposed a synthetic over quilt as a way to manage perspiration moisture in winter bags in other threads and I'm seriously considering it. Weight is the big problem. John, I a...

In GEAR » DOWN OVERQUILT as an alternative to a winter bag?
January 16, 4:42pm

See my thread in GEAR and answer here on WINTER HIKING or there on GEAR. (Yeah, I'm taking my new Eddie Bauer "Karakoram 0" back to the store due to several design flaws.)

January 16, 2:03pm

DOWN OVERQUILT as an alternative to a winter bag?
I have despaired of fixing the lousy collar on my new Eddie Bauer Karakoram 0 sleeping bag and will return it to the store this week. D@mn! But I have considered buying a down "overquilt&qu...

In GEAR » DOWN OVERQUILT as an alternative to a winter bag?
January 16, 1:55pm

Water, "Putting food by", Mormon prepping and Water
LH, you are keerect, water can be a big problem, especially here in 'Vegas in the Mojave Desert. I only have an extra 10 gal. of water stored, aside from the commodes and water heater you menti...

January 16, 1:43pm

Cool hand, Luke :o)
Good that you were prepared for that winter "off road" foray. I don't want to sound paranoid but "Even paranoids have (zombie) enemies". hee, hee Seriously, I gotta sa...

January 15, 11:08pm

NIX the Ti cookware
>Use an anodized or non-stick coated aluminum pot. Lighter, cheaper and conducts heat much more evenly. >Use a good MSR type aluminum windscreen to conserve fuel. >For ESBIT cooking ...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » UL winter cook kit
January 15, 9:12pm

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