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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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Thank you!
Don, All I can say is mmmmmm! I'll try that with my C.C. Sidewinder and Outback Oven. I have a fiberglass "yurt" that fits over my 1 liter pot. The pot lid handle is an aneroid...

In GEAR » Another Look at Dry Baking
March 18, 9:02pm

Trail Pro mattress
Bob, I won a Thermarest Trail Pro mattress at a Sierra Club conference. It's warm enough on snow so now it is my winter mattress and I leave the Ridgerest at home. If you cut down your ma...

In Winter Hiking » what would a 10 # base weight look for a winter trip?
March 18, 12:02pm

Alex, thanks! Now that is what I meant when asking for photos of Tarptents. Those are all NationalGeo. shots. I'm curious, what sleeping bag and mattress did you use in those frigid overni...

In GEAR » Tarptent Thread
March 17, 11:35pm

Gerber Parabellum
I have an old Gerber Parabellum lock blade. I've never used it to baton "wood-in-the-wild" but I've practiced with it at home for the time when I may need it to make dry wood for ...

In GEAR » Lightest knife to baton small pieces of wood?
March 17, 12:59am

Thanks Serge for posting this. Very interesting gear list. I have Justin's gear book and he is a true long distance backpacker with a lot of skill.

In GEAR » Winter PCT Gear
March 17, 12:49am

Hee, hee, OK
Guess my "enthusiasm" for Tarptents (some may call it obsession) meant a TT thread had to happen. So send in your shots of Tarptents "in action". I'll look for a few of...

In GEAR » Tarptent Thread
March 17, 12:46am

My experience - not so good
I've seen three Marmot rain parkas delaminate in the neck/shoulder area. They averaged 3 years old. Notta too good, notta too good, as Fr. Guido Sarducci would say.

In GEAR » marmot "lifetime" warranty worthless for me
March 17, 12:38am

15# base weight sounds safe
Mike, I too can't get below 17 lbs. with my present gear, which still includes a synthetic "-5 F." sleeping bag. I will get a -20 F. down bag soon. I sent my Eddie Bauer Karakoram ...

In Winter Hiking » what would a 10 # base weight look for a winter trip?
March 15, 4:29pm

Eberlestock packs
Bob, As a hunter I have lusted after an Eberlestock Just One pack - until I saw the weight. You are keerect, WAAAAY too heavy. I'll just carry my rifle with a Kifaru suspension system on my ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Showing an Afghan vet my UL gear today
March 15, 4:16pm

Skurka's gear bok
Skurka's gear book tells how he prints his own "hybrid" maps and gives the internet addresses of his sources.

In GEAR » National Geographic map kit software - worth it?
March 15, 4:10pm

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