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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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Winter Comfort Food
Winter, with its natural "refrigeration", means I can carry one or two heavier foods like Jimmy Dean Sausage patties or fruit cake (yes, I like GOOD fruit cake). These "comfort fo...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Winter Comfort Food
December 11, 12:45pm

I use my REI Kimtah eVent rainpants as winter windpants. Works great with heavy weight polyester long johns and on bitter cold days I wear fleece pants over the long johns. No sense carrying...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Wind Pants not as popular as wind shirt?
December 11, 12:41pm

very cold weather "over base" shorts
I'm cutting off a pair or old "polar weight" long john pants to bike pants length (just above my knees) to wear over my regular polyester long johns in zero weather. This will keep...

In Winter Hiking » very cold weather "over base" shorts
December 11, 12:35pm

glove liners in bed
I've found that wearing thin glove liners in my sleeping bag in winter is more comfortable than "cool bare hands". And this still allows enough dexterity to work zippers and hood cord...

In Winter Hiking » glove liners in bed
December 10, 11:34pm

my -22 F. night
James, I once slept quite comfortably in a quinzhee snow dome in -22 F. with a -20 F. MH synthetic bag, polyester longies, wool balaclave and synthetic quilted sox over heavy wool sox. With t...

In GEAR » Sleeping on a cold night. How would you configure..
December 10, 11:31pm

Never mind...
Never mind! Post deleted.

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Stronger tent poles
December 09, 7:18pm

Listen to your kids - please
Listen to your kids when they complain of the cold. I didn't when my 11 year old daughter complained of cold hands as we were XC skiing on a frigid NW Pennsylvania day. Then, back at the ski...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Do kids need more insulation than adults in cold weather?
December 09, 7:03pm

ESBIT re-use
I always re-use my unburned ESBIT tabs. That is part of my fuel use calculations. BTW, If you continue to use ESBIT you owe it to yourself and your back to get a Trail Designs Caldera Cone. That...

In GEAR » Esbit fuel question
December 09, 6:57pm

VBL socks
Sais it many times here. Thin neoprene diver's socks make teh best and warmest socks. BUT they must be seam sealed with a good sealant like Shoo Goo or urethane tent seam sealer. Rub the se...

December 09, 6:47pm

EB 1st Ascent gear
If the Peak XV jacket is a 1st Ascent jacket it should be excellent quality and have been tested by their mountainering staff. Bauer does accentuate durability so it might weight a bit more than co...

In GEAR » Eddie Bauer Peak XV specs
December 09, 6:44pm

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