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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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"Belaying" stakes
I too have "belayed" my tent stakes with other stakes. It does work. I like the V pattern in the photo B/C it spreads the strain better.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Stake techniques
September 12, 10:41pm

Uh huh...
Well, ya got my sympathies. I'm the guy that cancelled a nice Sierras trip due to "Snake Lady" being a member of the party. Luck ain't guaranteed.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trip Canceled: Let us Rant and Commiserate Together
September 12, 10:36pm

Spring Mountains, Las Vegas
At 9,000 to 10,000 ft. it can be up to 75 F. and down to 35 F. in June, July and August. It depends on a lot of factors because those mountains can get weather systems from the Pacific Northwest...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What ARE "summer nighttime temps" where you backpack?
September 12, 10:28pm

"Over Clothes"
Mike, I think the suggestion of wearing camp over our gear has pros and cons. PRO-> protection of your shell clothing Less expensive than new GTX parka and pants CON-> without a good...

In GEAR » Hunting clothing
September 12, 10:11pm

Tarptent solos
I have a TT Moment DW with the crossing pole. I have run the crossing pole INSIDE the fly for much better support. This involves shortening the X-ing pole a bit and sewing double-sided Velcro i...

In GEAR » Lightest Bomber Tent/Shelter Options?
September 12, 10:02pm

I prefer winter boots (for camping) that have a removable liner. This is because you can remove the liner at night and put them in the bottom of your bag to keep them warm. If you've ever donne...

In GEAR » Winter Boot Recomendation por favor
September 12, 9:45pm

WM bags
I have an overstuffed ($40. extra) WM Megalite and love it. BUT... if I were to get another down bag I'd get one with DWR treated down like Down Tech to Dri-Down. Sierra Designs 3 season b...

In GEAR » Help with a down bag choice
September 12, 9:30pm

In no special order
Western Mountaineering Tarptent REI Trail Designs Merrill boots Steripen & Katadyn tablets Thermarest MSR stoves Osprey packs Hilleberg Cabela's

In GEAR » What manufacturers do you trust?
September 09, 7:06pm

Gavin's tent
Gavin, Your tent is basically a version of a canoeing tent used in eastern Canada from the early canvas tent days. For a forested area it's fine. See The Canadian canoeist and author calls ...

In GEAR » Tent vestibules and TENT VESTIBULES
September 09, 6:52pm

Now this looks like it would work. With enough air pressure in the pad hopefully most of the pack's weight would be transferred to the hip belt. The only problem I see is the wispy hip belt...

In GEAR » MLD Packs "Lightweight Suspension Upgrade"
September 09, 6:40pm

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