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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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A Geezer perspective on quality gear
At 71 my attitude on the quality of gear I buy is "Get what you TRULY need within your budget." "Budget" is a loaded term for me. It usually means what I can pay off within ...

In GEAR » "Don't buy expensive ___; save your money and buy good _____."
May 01, 10:56pm

TT Stratospire 2
At just under 3 lbs. the Stratospire 2 uses two hiking poles for its main support and has very ample room for two and their gear. It also has two entrances and two generous vestibules. The SS2...

In GEAR » What is the lightest 2p free standing tent?
May 01, 1:25am

As a "hobo stove" it's nice, especially if you're only burning wood. As an efficient wood burner or ESBIT stove it falls short of others now available. I'll stick with T...

In GEAR » Emberlit Fire Ant Stove - lightest stove in the world?
April 24, 1:46pm

"Double Moment"!!!
OH BOY! GEEZ O MAN! A Double Moment, almost as I described. And here I thought I was just tent-dreaming. This thread now has me all-a-twitter (to quote Dirty Harry). Henry, Thank You for desi...

In GEAR » Tent Tech
April 23, 3:36pm

Tent-> Eureka Timberline Pack-> Kelty external frame Sleeping bag-> Frostline DIY bag Stove-> SVEA 123 Cookset-> Sigg Tourist OOPS! Wrong century. Never mind...

April 22, 2:08pm

Now that's what I'm talking about in "improving" the genre. a "Double Moment". The Scarp 2 is close to what you want but has those rectangular ends. Hmmm, a narrower ...

In GEAR » Tent Tech
April 22, 2:05pm

Another Look at Tent Design
Perhaps I've originally written a non-starter post. Let me revise the question: Given the above posted factors and others that go into a good tent WHAT ASPECTS OF TENT DESIGN (esp. your c...

In GEAR » Tent Tech
April 21, 1:51pm

Hmmm... Wandering dogs...
Why not put the dog in a vestibule on a leash that is either staked or passes thru the door opening and is tied to your sleeping bag? There's a rumor that dogs CAN be trained.

In GEAR » A Solid UL Shelter!
April 21, 1:44pm

Thanks Rex, I needed that info for a synthetic winter bag. Sweat collects(condenses on the shell in copious amounts, leaving an "odour" later. I hope it's good for boos and sandals...

In GEAR » Mirazyme works great on sleeping bags!
April 19, 11:37pm

"Just handing it to a child..."
James m' boy, truer words were never spoken! I recently showed my 9 year old grandson how to make a fire using my Swedish striker. Later, after successfully starting a fire and after whir...

In GEAR » Yes, you can break a Lexan spoon
April 19, 11:23pm

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