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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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EB has a practice of offering their First Ascent goods on sale. The EB down jacket (in my avatar) was purchased on sale 3 years ago for $89. (yep, not a typo). BUT, I think EB needs to begin pri...

In GEAR » New Eddie Bauer UL jackets, bags, and cubin pack
January 15, 1:37pm

"A Modest Proposal" BASE WEIGHT POLICE
Perhaps we can contribute to form an organization known as "Base Weight Police". They could team up with the NSA (No Such Agency) to watch our online gear lists, backpacking phone conv...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » I say let's decide on a general consensus of Ultralight definitions and terms.
January 14, 10:06pm

Stephen, Yeah, the Soulo is "kinda-sorta" like an AKTO with X-ing poles, but more aerodynamic and a true winter tent. I wonder why Backpacker "in all its wisdom" didn'...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent thread
January 14, 1:41pm

I've posted several times over my years on BPL MY FRAMELESS PACK "FRAME" SOLUTION: 1. Cut a Ridgerest in half (top and bottom halves) 2. Glue strips of 2" wide mating V...

In GEAR » Rolled or Folded Ridgerest as Packframe
January 14, 1:24pm

AKTO on Backpacker's "Winter Tents" online reviews
The AKTO is listed in Backpacker Magazine's online "Winter Tents" review as a good solo winter tent. I respectfully disagree: The AKTO will not do well in a heavy snow load, som...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent thread
January 14, 1:12pm

EXOS 58 instead
I'm interested in the EXOS 58, size Large, for its good capacity-to-weight ratio. But so far I've seen no sales on it, likely because it's so new.

In GEAR » 2014 Osprey Exos 48
January 14, 1:04pm

I wear my REI Kimtah eVent parka skiing when I'm not patrolling in my NSP parka. To "preserve" it for backpacking I'm getting the heavier duty REI eVent parka for skiing. I als...

In GEAR » Backpacking gear you use at home
January 13, 9:16pm

"carrying discomfort"
"It's not worthe the carrying discomfort." I agree 100% and THAT'S why I use a light internal frame pack. Maybe not light by SUL standards but "trail comfortable" by ...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » SUL Backpacks
January 12, 4:09pm

Novice backpackers and "comfort"
I would never introduce a novice to backpacking by giving them a frameless pack to use for their 1st experience. By the same token I'd also agree with "hike your own hike" when it...

In GEAR » What Dan McHale has to say about UL backpacks
January 12, 4:01pm

Yer Tent
Marcel, Since you listed gear and photos showed that you use only the tent fly I'd like to comment on your shelter choice. I would much rather have taken a double walled tent for the trip, A...

In Winter Hiking » Norway - Hardangervidda crossing - route / gearlist / photos
January 12, 2:09pm

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