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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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Wait! Wait!
Please, just one more word from a geezer winter camper on winter tent design: (Bearing in mind 4 season tents ARE a compromise to fit all seasons, let me just talk WINTER tents here.) GOALS OF ...

In GEAR » SCARP 2 winter mods photos
December 05, 8:00pm

"Boundry Layer" air and insulation
Studies of insulating materials have shown that insulating fibers with more surface area PER WEIGHT have more "Boundry Layer" air. That layer is the one to two molecule layer of air that ...

In GEAR » Lofty Fleece Layer
December 05, 7:32pm

Interesting question
I have a Sidewinder for a small 3 cup pot and teh Inferno insert. I'll try it both ways this weekend using 3" oak 1/2" dowels for uniformity of fuel.

In GEAR » How much of a benefit does the TD Ti Tri Inferno insert provide for wood burning?
December 05, 12:38am

Avy Article
All, If you frequent this page PLEASE read the recent BPL article by Kevin S. on travelling in avalanche terrain.

In Winter Hiking » Avy Article
December 04, 3:43pm

Kevin, Excellent article with great illustrations. As an avy certified ski patroller in an avalanche prone area (Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort in Lee Canyon, Spring Mountains) I applaud t...

In Editor's Roundtable » Avalanche Safety for Backcountry Travelers
December 04, 12:26pm

2 mil painter's plastic
I use 2 mil painter's plastic summer and winter. I've Gorilla taped Triptease loops at the corners to attatch to my tent poles to keep it from moving around under the tent - especially ...

In Winter Hiking » Ground cover for use with Duomid in winter conditions
December 03, 7:53pm

"Let me say this about that."
(To quote Tricky Dick Nixon) Dale, I meant shelled synthetic PUFFY jadkets, not shelled fleece. Sorry, as a former English teacher I should have made that clearer the first time around. I hav...

In GEAR » Lofty Fleece Layer
December 03, 7:36pm

ProLite Plus
Me too! Love my ProLite regular. Had an original Neo Air for ONE night at 9,000 ft. then ret'd it to REI. 1. too narrow 2. too noisy 3. too much inflation time (espicially at 9,000 ft.!) ...

In GEAR » Which is more comfortable: NeoAir Xlite or ProLite Plus?
December 03, 7:30pm

Stephenson grandmas
Well Roger you WOULD have to remind me that those Stephenson girls are now grannies! Can't a guy wish for maybe - daughters? (Yeah, I'm a Dirty Old Man.) But I suppose gravity and carbs ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Stephenson 2C Tent Review - Part 1
December 03, 7:22pm

"Windshirts" - agin' my religion
I wear polyester shirts like REI's Sahara which I doubt most here would call a "wind shirt". But for cold wind I use my eVent parka. I have never, ever, seen the necessity for win...

In GEAR » Clothing System Help
December 03, 12:40pm

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