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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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The essence of versatility.

In Make Your Own Gear » Floorless shelter update.
December 12, 12:16pm

DWR down
When DWR treated down from a reliable DWR source like DownTek is available then we'll know DWR down has "arrived".

In Make Your Own Gear » bulk down
December 12, 12:15pm

After using a PacLite parka & pants for several years and wanting more breathability I got an REI Kimtah eVent rain parka & pants and like them much better. Both parkas weighed about the sa...

In GEAR » Too many choices, rain jackets
December 11, 6:42pm

Congrats Peter!
We'll have to report back on our respective Karakoram bag experiences this winter. Can't wait to snuggle down in that bag on a frosty evening. P.S. You actually may have been more clever...

In GEAR » Winter down bag decision
December 11, 12:13pm

Down DWR advances not included
This is a good list that I agree with in the main and one that makes me re-thinkmy own inter gear list. I may sound like a broken record, having posted several times on BPL about DWR down. But o...

In Editor's Roundtable » Winter Backpacking Checklist (Gear List): Ultralight Winter Snowcave Camping
December 11, 1:03am

I'll look at the Gossamer Gear and MLD pockets. I have a Seek Outside silnylon "wet rib" for the front. I was told I got the last one and they won't make any more. Too bad B/C...

In GEAR » Light side pockets (aftermarket)
December 10, 7:15pm

Looking for winter backcountry campers in 'Vegas area
I want to do more winter camping in the Spring Mountains just north of Las Vegas. I have 2 sets of backckoutry skis and climbing skins and 2 pair of good quality snowshoes. Thus I can outfit ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Looking for winter backcountry campers in 'Vegas area
December 09, 9:49pm

Light side pockets (aftermarket)
So far the lightest side pockets of about 1 liter size I've found are Granite Gears' pockets. Dueter makes some that look heavier and similar to Lowe Alpine's "Universal Side Po...

In GEAR » Light side pockets (aftermarket)
December 09, 9:39pm

Sounds like a surgically caused Renaud's syndrome. It's a nerve problem that leaves hands with very poor circulation. They even turn blue. I had a friend with this and he had surgery to CUR...

In Winter Hiking » Question - hands cold
December 09, 4:40pm

Got an EB Karakoram StormDown bag
As posted in GEAR, I got a great deal (today only) on a $549. Eddie Bauer 850 fill Karakoram 0 Storm Down (Down Tek) sleeping bag. After a 40% off today only and another 15% discount (for gettin...

In Winter Hiking » Got an EB Karakoram StormDown bag
December 09, 4:38pm

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