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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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AKTO X-ing pole
Walter, Yes, I have photos of my single wall Moment with the inside X-ing pole setup. I sold it to Brett Pugh recently but the same setup for a Moment DW is even easier. For the AKTO you can sho...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent Thread Part 2
March 08, 10:19pm

A possible "IN" for converting wives, lovers, etc.
Perhaps asking a wife (etc.) to help you prepare and test meals (like freezer bag meals) could be a way to pique their interest enough to get them try backpacking. Also bringing over a female ba...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Converting my wife
March 08, 1:02pm

* An idea for Akto owners *
I'm getting ready to buy a TT Moment DW (sold my Moment SW). It's similar to the Akto but has a X-ing pole option. As with my Moment SW, I'll put the X-ing pole INSIDE the fly for be...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent Thread Part 2
March 08, 12:53pm

I agree with Gordon Smith. Starbucks VIA and the flavored iterations are VERY tasty. In the past I've ground my own coffee and spooned it into little tea bag sized cotton bags with drawstrin...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » backcountry coffee
March 05, 8:08pm

Emergency boots for the car
In my car I carry NEOS overshoes with feltpack liners, good CFC insole and a pair of light neoprene diver's socks (the VBL) for winter driving. This is similar to Ken Larson's setup. If ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Overboots as Mukluks: Basecamp Footwear for Ski Mountaineers
March 05, 7:55pm

Nature and hi-viz
I like to blend into the scenery with natural colors so the only "hi-viz" apparel I carry is a lightweight blaze orange vest and cap for hunting seasons. I do hunt as well as backpack in ...

In GEAR » Shouldn't a rain jacket ALWAYS be high visibility?
March 05, 1:36pm

(psssst! wanna buy a stove?)
Yeah, you need a new (i.e. "better") stove, admit it. Well I have seven of them and, for a small sum, will part with the one of your choosing. (All purchases are final.) How about a...

In GEAR » Can't stop changing gear?
March 05, 1:24pm

Winter Tents & condensation
In my experience with winter tents (down to -5 F.) I've found that most of your condensed vapor ("vapour" for you of the British and Commonmwealth persuasion) WILL freeze to the insid...

In Winter Hiking » Winter mid
March 03, 10:12pm

TRUE winter stoves
WHITE GAS (PETROL)-> 1.MSR Dragonfly is my choice for decades. 2.The MSR Simmerlite is also good. WOOD BURNING STOVES -> 1. Trail Designs (Caldera Cone) Sidewinder and Tri Ti with Inf...

In GEAR » Cold weather cooking - stove choices
March 03, 9:22pm

1st 2 items in my kit
Speaking as a Ski Patroller... 1. TRAINING 2. ADVANCED TRAINING Most of the materials can be improvised.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What is your two item first aid kit?
March 01, 2:17pm

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