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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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Roger is keerect
"Plasticizers" , or the chemicals that FORMERLY were given off from drinking containers do not exist in current dinnerware and plastic containers sold in the US, the EU and other develope...

In GEAR » Recommendation for a titanium cup?
October 14, 6:07pm

pink flamingo
I read about a guy (NOT me) that carried a plastic pink flamingo the entire Applachian Trail and set it up by his tent or AT shelter every night. Now THAT'S class. (Talk about "campy...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dumbest thing you ever carried
October 12, 10:37pm

(some) boulders
A boulder or three can provide wind protection BUT try to pitch near one with a top that slopes a w a y from your shelter so snow doesn't build up and slide down on or beside your tent/tarp. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sheltered Camp
October 12, 10:32pm

Whut rOg sed
I agree with rOg, 2 tents makes more sense. My spacious Scarp 2 is very easy to set up. Has two entrances & two vestibules.

In GEAR » One Tent or two for a family of four
October 12, 10:23pm

North Face
Look at The North Face new synthetic puff ball insulation (or whatever that call it). "Supposably" has very good loft rebound after stuffing. Otherwise look for a Climashield filled...

In GEAR » options for a light syn vest?
October 12, 10:20pm

REI Sahara shirts
I live in the Mojave Desert so the REI Sahara polyester shirts get a lot of use. I do like them better than the similar Colombia shirts. Next is my Camelbak Commander hunting pack that I load wi...

In GEAR » What is your most used piece of gear?
October 11, 1:03pm

REI sales
Today, Oct. 11, through Oct. 13 REI has a 25% sale on REI and Novara clothing. And I'm told the 20% sale will happen in November. I'm waiting for that one with bated breath so I can use...

In GEAR » REI sales
October 11, 12:59pm

My Olympus TG is a great backpacking camera. The new TG 2 has a 60 ft. waterproof depth, up 20 ft. to my 40 ft. TG 1 depth.

In GEAR » New camera
October 09, 6:16pm

OR GTX mitten shells
I like my OR Gore-Tex mitten shells. They are the original version so I had to seam seal them.

In Winter Hiking » Glove shells and liners
September 25, 5:36pm

Bag liners are mostly gimmicks unless your aim is to keep your bag cleaner inside. 1. Bag liners add almost no warmth unless well insulated. 2. Adding clothes for sleeping warmth supports the...

In GEAR » Adding warmth - more clothes vs bag liner
September 25, 5:32pm

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