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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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I'm happy with this...
POT-> 3 cup anodized pot & lid (fits my Sidewinder Caldera Cone stove) BOWL-> cut down Zip Loc bowl (so it will barely fit into the 3 cup pot) CUP-> classic plastic camping measu...

In GEAR » Not happy with my cook setups.
May 25, 6:56pm

How many angels...
How many angels can stand on a cheap CF pole before it breaks? Or archangels? (Being holier still they may be lighter.) Jus sayin'... This post has descended into triviality.

In GEAR » Cheap Carbon Fiber Poles From Costco.
May 25, 6:49pm

Bag liners - Humbug!
A silk bag liner will keep your bag cleaner, not warmer. No uninsulated, breathable bag liner is worth its weight - period. The only bag liner I'll carry is a VBL liner for very cold temp...

In GEAR » How many F degrees of warmth can a silk sleeping liner and a LW down puffy add?
May 25, 6:39pm

I never stake (peg) out all my points unless I know it will blow or snow hard. EX. My TT Scarp 2 has 3 end stakes that must be used on each end. And in case of a big storm-> ...4 fly hem st...

In GEAR » Do you peg ground peg points on your tent?
May 25, 6:28pm

Guylines and HASTE!
It's entirely possible that I may want to attach and stake out my guylines in a bug hurry in the middle of the night when a storm suddenly blows in. THAT is why my guylines are pre-rigged wi...

In GEAR » Why use line locks on a guylines?
May 25, 6:19pm

The People's Republic of California
Roger Dodger, When I visit California I ALWAYS carry a 9 mm, CA laws be damned. "When seconds count the police are only minutes away." and... "I'd rather be tried by...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hikers shot and robbed in California
May 20, 10:31pm

Although I prefer VIA over other instant coffee I've found Taster's Choice freeze-dried to be 2nd best.

In GEAR » how to cut coffee weight
May 20, 10:25pm

My summer "system"
DESERT-> (ex. S. UTAH, 85 F. nights) Pad - Prolite reg. Bag - WM Megalite opened all the way as a quilt W/ pad inserted into foot (Sooo comfy) MOUNTAINS-> (ex. 8,000 to 9,000 ft. in Sie...

In GEAR » What's your Summer Sleep System?
May 20, 9:52pm

light polyester and "polar weight" polyester
Summer in western mountains I wear light polyester longies. Fall and winter it's polar weight longies - bottom and top. Wool just holds too much moisture and won't dry fast enough.

In GEAR » Which do you prefer for your own lower body base layer?
May 20, 9:45pm

Hmmm... Scarp 1 v.s. Moment DW
Dan'l, I think the Moment DW is a lighter and more wind-worthy tent of the two. Speaking as a Scarp 2 owner: 1. Moment DW uses only one X-ing pole, the Scarp 1 has two. 2, The Scarp 1 h...

In GEAR » Withdrawal from the BPL brain trust (need tent advice)
May 18, 8:39pm

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