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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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Unlike Derek I HAVE had good experiences with Gore-TEX and VERY good experiences with eVent hardshells. Gore-Tex is great for alpine skiing and lighter activity. My favorite is REI's Kimtah ...

In GEAR » Advice for a hardshell for early spring and late fall.
April 03, 12:37am

Soulo & AKTO
Stephen, Ahhhh, I must respectfully disagree, the Soulo isn't really and "AKTO with cross poles". The Soulo is more of a semi-dome. But, as I mentioned, the AKTO COULD have X-in...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent thread
April 02, 1:37pm

Re-Visiting the new EXOS 58
I was initially impressed with the new EXOS 58 but I'll trek back to REI and re-visit it with this critique in mind. Guess I need to pack it with sandbags and walk around the store awhile b...

In GEAR » New Exos 58
April 01, 2:28pm

ESBIT is my favorite fuel and my little Trail Designs Sidewinder W/3 cup pot is the most efficient ESBIT stove yet. Now with Gary's modding of Jon's "chimney" base we may see ...

In GEAR » The lightest, most efficient and compact SUL esbit stove kit may be here (with photos)
April 01, 2:25pm

Hee, hee "Permission Device"
True but funny.

In GEAR » Whats the point of Spot Gen 3? Same weight after batteries?
March 30, 5:12pm

Long Range Hunting website
There is a lot of good (and bad) advice on the forums at the "Long Range Hunting" website. As knowledgeable UL backpackers here at BPL you will surely be able to cherry pick the good advi...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » "Ultralight hunting"
March 26, 10:25pm

Seam sealer WEIGHT?
Aaron, methinks you're takin' this here SUL thing a wee bit too much to heart. >Yer b**gers will weigh more than the seam sealer. >Yer earwax will weight as much as the seam seale...

In GEAR » Seam sealing weight gain?
March 26, 10:14pm

REI dividends and Murphy's Law
Shawn me lad, just remember O'Toole's Corollary to Murphy's Law: "Murphy was an optimist." But, being an optimist like Murphy, I'm putting my $35. dividend (and hope...

In GEAR » Rei dividends are here =)
March 26, 10:11pm

A new 2014 Osprey EXOS 58 (size Large) is 61 liters, carries up to 40 lbs and is COMFORTABLE! Plus it's lighter and costs much less. External frame packs that will carry 100+ lbs. are gre...

In GEAR » ****Vargo Ti-Arc Backpack****
March 26, 10:04pm

PacLite at Cabela's
I have Cabela's PacLite GTX suit (Rainy River parka & pants). Their price is very reasonable and Cabela's garantee is like REI's (former)garantee. P.S. But now I also have REI...

In GEAR » What jacket to buy?
March 26, 9:51pm

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