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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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Squall 2 & dust
I gotta agree with 6string Steve about the windblown dusty sand getting into the Squall 2 through the floor level mesh vents. I had the same problem with my single wall Moment and that's one of...

In GEAR » Big Agnes Scout UL2 Plus - Initial Impressions
April 09, 1:51pm

Wool FILL??
Really? Why wool fill when there are several far better synthetic fills? (Synthetic being "far better" for drying fast, giving more loft & warmth per weight and having better loft r...

In GEAR » 'MerinoLOFT' from Icebreaker
April 09, 1:21pm

Southern Sun....aaaahhhhhh!
Sorry I'm stuck here in 'Vegas this week. Been to both Neptune mountaineering and Southern Sun many times B/C my daughter's family lives in Lewisville, Boulder's YUPPIE neighbor. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Attn: Boulder, CO area people!
April 08, 4:40pm

saw, definitely
I have folding, lockblade saws like the Gerber Switchblade, and a folding triangular Sven saw. Both do very well cutting wood faster than an axe and they weigh much less.

In GEAR » Fire wood
April 08, 4:28pm

YEP, Dale's keerect
I agree with Dale on "softshells". Mine is COLD compared to even 200 wt. pile under a windshell or eVent parka. For the weight I don't think a "softshell" is at all wort...

In GEAR » Advice for a hardshell for early spring and late fall.
April 08, 4:25pm

"...someone washed it and dried it hot." THAT is why my wife, who has ruined many of my clothes, will never, ever wash of dry (or iron) my clothes. I've been doing my own laundry f...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Better than PossumDown
April 04, 3:40pm

Truly long range hunting
Yes, 800 yards/meters is likely too far for 95% of hunters. 1. They do not have the necessary rifle/cartridge/scope combo for this distance. 2. They do not have the proper training AND practi...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » "Ultralight hunting"
April 04, 3:35pm

Black Hole of Gear...
Never fear Justin, on the other side of that "Black Hole of Gear is a whole new universe of wonderful gear and constant spending.. But I like your idea of combining the best of two syntheti...

In GEAR » Theoretical gear? I've never seen it. Calling all fabric experts
April 04, 3:24pm

Been done with synthetics
Polarguard Delta and other synthetics have hollow fibers. Yeah, they use fossil fuels to make 'em but I'd bet they are more resiliant to repeated stuffing than Llama fur. Not to mention ...

In GEAR » Llama Wool Sleeping Bag
April 04, 3:16pm

If'n I had my druthers...
For a light two person tent I'druther have the Tarptent Squall 2 at 34 oz. 1. more interior space 2. faster setup 3. fewer stakes to carry 4. more aerodynamic for wind and snow load 5. M...

In GEAR » Big Agnes Scout UL2 Plus - Initial Impressions
April 04, 3:04pm

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