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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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Despite Senior Daroli's contention that the Moment design derives from the Scarp design I feel that the Hilleberg Akto is the inspiration for both of them, being the best known of the early cen...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent thread
January 03, 10:31pm

"Local" pit zip mod
I've had a local tailor do four jackets for me. If you supply them with the correct coil zipper (2 pulls, one at each end) and mark EXACTLY where you want them a tailor can do it. HINT: Whe...

In GEAR » Add pit-zips to jacket
January 03, 8:34pm

Define "old". I'm 71. My avatar photo was taken 3 years ago. I know 71 may be considered "advanced in age" but I gotta say I don't feel it much - a bit but not much. ...

In GEAR » Old Guys Backpacking
January 02, 12:38am

All 200 lbs. of my UL gear
I'm looking forward to using ALL of my gear this year.

In GEAR » 2015
January 01, 2:18pm

Louisville, Colorado
My oldest daughter lives in Louisville in a big (4,800 sq. ft.) house that she and her husband are expanding to almost 6,000 sq. ft.! they are both Yuppies, she an attorney and he a telecom prof a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Thinking of Places to Move to - Colorado, Utah, Oregon,...?
December 31, 1:31pm

Belt & suspenders
I use a Steripen Adventurer for my bike bottle (carried in a front pouch) and Katadyn Micropur chlorine dioxide tablets for my hydration bladder. The Steripen is fast for the times I need to ref...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » A reason to prefer UV over filters in North America?
December 30, 3:48pm

If'n I had my druthers I'd move to Lewisville, Colorado. It adjoins Boulder but does not have Boulder's insane real estate prices. Great skiing, great backpacking, Utah is close, and...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Thinking of Places to Move to - Colorado, Utah, Oregon,...?
December 30, 3:25pm

FINALLY! Snow in my mountains
Well, we now have about 2 ft. of snow in the Spring Mountains with more expected New Year's Eve. (And even snow expected in the 'Vegas valley!) So I'm waiting for the next big storm ...

In Winter Hiking » Snow in my mountains!
December 30, 3:13pm

CCF pad
I'd use a Ridgerest pad. Your 1/8" may be a bit too thin with that skeletonized X-Therm mattress. I have a 1/8" pad of floor underlayment and I'd never use it for winter camping....

In Winter Hiking » Did I go overboard on a sleeping system for 0*?
December 30, 3:08pm

i got REI's Kimtah eVent pants for skiing as wells backpacking. They do "breathe" very well, but, they weigh 15 oz. for size Med. That may be too heavy for you but I needed the durabi...

In GEAR » Marmot PreCip Pants
December 30, 3:01pm

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