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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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A word on warm feet
As I've mentioned many times here in BPL, my solution for keeping my feet warm all day is to use: 1.boots with REMOVABLE LINERS (they go insie your sleeping bag overnight) 2. VAPOR BARRIE...

In Editor's Roundtable » Camping in the Snow
January 22, 12:15pm

Interesting answers - and my answers
Here are my answers to a "time machine" early 1800s backpacking situation. PACK-> single bag, drawstring top, compression corded sides and front removable top compartment/fanny pack...

In GEAR » Back to the Past
January 20, 5:18pm

Dana Designs Terraplane pack
One ORIGINAL Terraplane pack -> $180. (firm) Made in Bozeman, Montana. 1. spruce green 2. size large 3. medium hipbelt 4. 2 optional plastic-backed side pockets Very good condition ...

In Gear Swap » Dana Designs Terraplane pack
January 18, 2:41pm

My Bag as a Quilt - sometimes
I use my WM Megalite down bag as a quilt when it's warm enough to do so because, yes, it IS more comfortable than being all zipped up in a mummy bag. I hook teh foot of the opened Megalite over...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Claustrophobia, quilt owners’ secret shame?
January 18, 2:32pm

Finally an article on this much-needed topic and one that nicely addresses the absolute need for properly using hiking pole straps. As a Nordic (XC) skier my use of hiking pole straps comes natu...

In Editor's Roundtable » Effectively Using Hiking Poles: The Gas-Brake-Coast Method
January 17, 12:59pm

Please go to BLP's "COMMUNITY" pages and the WINTER HIKING page to see photos of my winter mods for the Scarp 2 WINTER MODS: 1. moved shortened crossing poles to the INSIDE of t...

In Editor's Roundtable » Tarptent Scarp 2 Tent Review
January 17, 12:23pm

Thanks Ryan. A "dry" cabin is the way to go for maximum enjoyment of winter wonderlands and still feel close to nature. Also it's a good intro to multi-day winter travel and the...

In Editor's Roundtable » Winter Cabineering - Part 1: Video Essay
January 17, 11:46am

Hee, hee
"Kinda like all those people who buy Jeeps', but never take them off road..." Very well put, a perfect analogy. I see these people in Boulder, CO every time I go there. Most of...

In GEAR » New Eddie Bauer UL jackets, bags, and cubin pack
January 16, 2:40pm

One more thing...
As of now I will only buy down garments that are factory DWR treated. It doesn't make sense to me to buy untreated down garments any more. I have done my best to protect my WM Megalite b...

In GEAR » Water Repellent Down, One Year In
January 16, 2:34pm

Very interesting...
Dave, thanks for reviewing this truly innovative pack design. Great photos and comparison chart. I could have used the Evolution in its larger hunting format when hunting mule deer in northern ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Paradox Packs Evolution pack system review
January 16, 2:10pm

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