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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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Andrew, IF you can find one, a metal 3 pin (3 hole) piece that screws on to reinforce the holes in your rubber duckbill sole will also serve as a shim. I have a pair on my old Vasque leather Tel...

In Winter Hiking » Question for 3-pin boot users
January 15, 9:02pm

So, how many of us with enough gear to supply a Scout troop feel we are "accidentally" prepped for disaster? I mean, c'mon, 3 kinds of water sterilization, 5 stoves, 3 tents, 2 tar...

January 15, 8:48pm

"...never married."
Jimmer, Hee, hee, maybe that "...never married." part was the key to your uncle living into his 90s. ;o)

In GEAR » Old Guys Backpacking
January 15, 8:39pm

Forget hard anodizing
Instead get ceramic coated pots and skillets. I have a HA 3 cup pot from Trail Designs and the HA is durable but far from "non-stick". OTOH my Wally Mart aluminum one egg skillet (s...

In GEAR » Hard Anodized (HA) Aluminum Pots
January 14, 4:57pm

I'd prefer hollow stainless steel tubing over cables.

In GEAR » Cable-based portable grill
January 14, 4:54pm

DWR treated down
My bet is that, sooner or later we WILL have truly durable water resistant down. We know that friction reduces the DWR coating on shell fabrics. I'm concerned that friction on down plumules ...

In GEAR » Could high FP-down benefit from an anti-humidity treatment ?
January 14, 4:53pm

Dragonfly extra
I'll include an MSR small fuel bottle with this stove. BTW, stove includes its windscreen.

In Gear Swap » MSR Dragonfly stove 4 SALE
January 13, 2:15pm

Max, I normally wear heavy "sleeping sox with my boot liners in a stuff sack in the foot of my (longer) bag. But if it's really too cold for my bag's rating I put my boot liners ...

In GEAR » Ultralight Booties: What's Out There?
January 13, 2:06pm

Any of the Tarptent solo tents in Cuben fabric. In fact I like the Six Moon Designs Skyscape X Cuben tent a lot (with its "porch").

In GEAR » Altaplex – zpacks now has the ultimate tent
January 13, 1:56pm

Silicone "proofing" of silnylon
Mix a 5 : 1 ratio of ODORLESS mineral spirits to GE clear silicone caulk (by volume). ** SHAKE MIX JAR WELL EVERY 5 MINUTES 1.>Mix in a pint (or quart jar (depending on treatment area size) ...

In GEAR » soaking vs brushing to apply silicone to an old tent
January 13, 1:51pm

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