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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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Water in the 100 Mile Wilderness is no problem. Wood for fuel is no problem. My UL Caldera Cone ti Sidewinder stove W/Inferno wood burner insert will do fine. FOOD is the main problem. What do ...

In Editor's Roundtable » 100 Mile Wilderness
May 10, 2:51pm

I like REI's eVent Kimtah parka and pants. Not UL but light and tough and a good price, esp. on a 20% off sale. I distrust Marmot's proprietary WPB membranes having seen some delaminate ...

In GEAR » Rain Gear - Event or Membrain Strata
May 09, 3:57pm

Bivies haved their place...
...mainly in snow shelters. And an eVent bivy is (IMHO) the best of the lot. As for the need to seam seal it myself, that's a minor "rainy day project". Thanks for this review. ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain Laurel Designs eVENT Soul Bivy Review
May 08, 12:33am

Rain/Wind Gear (only)
I really like REI's Kimtah eVent parka and pants for the quality and price, esp. on a 20% off sale. Down the list a step in breathability but still good quality and price is Cabela's Ra...

May 07, 6:39pm

Suggestion #1
The ground level webbing at each end should be adjustable for a wider spread of the fly corners to lower it if winds shift to the end of the tent. Yeah, there's a good fly overhang at each ...

In GEAR » Tent Tech
May 04, 9:02pm

PLEASE Post photos of the new Double Moment DW (Moment DW 2??)
We're waiting with bated breath to see photos of this newest Tarptent!

In GEAR » Tent Tech
May 04, 4:20pm

Peter, That's more than a good pack you have there. It's a great pack - IMHO. And the fact that your sheathed knife happened to nicely fit the packstrap "pocket" is icing on...

In GEAR » Exos 58 + Mora
May 01, 11:08pm

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

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