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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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Mostly OK
STRATOSPIRE> Good tent choice for complete protection. (Bring pre-prepared clip-on guylines in your kit for storms.) SUB KILO> Good bag. It should be good to at least 20 F. when fully ...

In Winter Hiking » Extending my 3-season gear for snow camping
March 19, 4:50pm

Interesting comment on (lack of) 4season design
The 2C tent badly needs a third arch pole between the front and rear poles. Tentpole Technologies can make it to the proper radius if you give them ceiling height and floor width. Let's loo...

In Editor's Roundtable » Stephenson 2C Tent Review - Part 2
March 19, 4:38pm

Question for AKTO owners
If you read my previous posts in this thread you can see I advocate an interior X-ing pole for the AKTO fly for wind and snow load resistance. I've seen photos of AKTOs nearly totally collapsed...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent Thread Part 2
March 18, 12:25pm

For info on these two tents call the manufacturers. I know Henry Shires at Tarptent will answer your questions as he has for me.

In GEAR » Help: Tarptent Rainshadow 2 or Golite Imogene 3
March 18, 12:38am

REI Kimtah parka
My REI Kimtah eVent parka is so good I smile when I use it for: skiing of all sorts (on piste and backcountry) wind protection (often instead of a windshirt) rain and sleet protection Plu...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What ONE piece of gear makes you smile and why
March 17, 6:07pm

OVERFILLED BAG: I have a Western Mountaineering Megalite bag that was, in actual experience, good to 25 F. from the factory. I sent it back to get overfilled by WM (about $45.) and it's now go...

In GEAR » Extending a 30 Degree Bag to the mid to low 20s
March 17, 5:44pm

Whut Delmar sed...
As of now the DWR treatments for down are varied. Thus Delmnar' "all over the map" comment. Down Tek, Dri Down and Patagucci's own DWR down treatment seem to have different chemic...

In GEAR » How useful is waterproof down in a sleeping bag?
March 17, 5:36pm

More AKTO 4 season X-ing pole thoughts
It occurred to me that, the AKTO, having rectangular ends (unlike the triangle ends on a TT Moment) a cool solution to an INTERIOR X-ing pole sould be a Y'd X-ing pole at each end. i.e. Make...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent Thread Part 2
March 14, 1:07pm

Tents and rain gear for Patagonia-like weather
TENTS: From Tarptent you can choose several 2 person tents. My choice for 4 season is the SCARP 2 - BUT I shortened the X-ing poles and attatched them Inside the fly. (See BPL's Winter Hiking ...

In GEAR » Tent/backpack/rainpants for Torres del Paine
March 14, 12:38pm

Relenting on NeoAir XLITE
My new (last year) Prolite reg. weighs 4 oz. more (I previously wrote 10 oz. difference by mistake)than the NeoAir Xlite so I'm relenting and going back to the NeoAir. (I had the original NeoAi...

In GEAR » Relenting on NeoAir XLITE
March 13, 6:27pm

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