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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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Dutch Alps test
Try it first in the "Dutch Alps" ;o) Actually you should be fine. But if you are a belt-and-suspenders type personality like me or expect strong wind-driven rain you can: Re-coa...

In GEAR » norway september
August 17, 5:55pm

ALL IS FORGIVEN Delmar
We just want your strangeness back on BPL. ("All the world os queer but me and thee, and sometimes I wonder about thee.")

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Delmar, O Brother Where Art Thou?
August 16, 12:41pm

Doggy stools "on the trail"
OK, I think it's nice to take Man's Best Friend backpacking. They enjoy it and are also a great night time guard/alarm. I ALSO think it's mandatory to bury their stools as you would ...

In GEAR » Ultra light dog food
August 16, 12:34pm

REI Kimtah eVent
I like my REI Kimtah eVent rain suit much better than my GTX PacLite suit. And the price on a 20% off sale was the best anywhere for eVent. The eVent breathes instantly, no waiting for it to get...

In GEAR » Hardshell for the NW
August 15, 2:57pm

Customizable Winter Pack
There are very few backpacking items I don't customize. The 60 model would make a very good winter pack for bulky items like winter sleeping bags, etc. with a few mods. 1. I can see re-rou...

In GEAR » Anybody tried the Exped Lightning 45 and 60
August 04, 2:56pm

MY BAD...
OK, my fault for not scrolling down further in the "40 BELOW" site and seeing their excellent overboots. I fully retract my criticism. The "40 BELOW" boots are like NEOS on s...

In GEAR » Winter Camping questions: Long sleeping bags, wet gear, overboots and light weight trail runners
August 04, 2:07pm

40 Below "boots"
Those are CAMP boots with no sole tread pattern. Slick as snot on a doorknob. Plus I seriously doubt how long the uppers fabric will hold up if bushwhacking. And you Still need a VBL for over...

In GEAR » Winter Camping questions: Long sleeping bags, wet gear, overboots and light weight trail runners
August 03, 6:48pm

"40 Below Overboots"??
What the heck are "40 Below Overboots"??

In GEAR » Winter Camping questions: Long sleeping bags, wet gear, overboots and light weight trail runners
August 03, 4:13pm

Wool v.s.synthetic base layers
OK James, to each his own. I well know from reading BPL that many people prefer wool. As for synthetic retaining "odour", I've never, ever, in 25 years of using everything from acr...

In GEAR » Looking for a Wool Underwear Product Tester
August 02, 10:49pm

Backpacker Magazine SPEAKS!
A recent issue of Backpacker magazine compared down bags with DWR treated down. Dri-Down and Down Tech were the two DWR treatments tested/reviewed. The findings showed that these bags actually d...

In GEAR » Sleeping Bag
August 02, 6:53pm

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