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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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I'm a Ridgerest user only in winter when I use it under a Thermarest Trail Pro for expected sub-zero conditions. BUT, I am soon going to replace my 12 year old Thermarest LITE W/A PROLITE re...

In GEAR » Thermarest Ridge Rest SOLAR
July 18, 9:48pm

The waist belt on that pack looks "ethereal". Not much padding,if any.

July 12, 3:08pm

Return that puppy ASAP.

In GEAR » Q for the stove experts.
July 12, 1:00pm

Ledge camp other view

In GEAR » Tent optional... :)
July 12, 1:27am


In GEAR » Tent optional... :)
July 12, 1:24am

Tent optional... :)
Hwere are some photos of last week's southern Utah (Escalante area) backpackingtrip in Coyote Gulch. Sometimes a tent IS opitional or used only to keep out the scorpions.

In GEAR » Tent optional... :)
July 12, 1:23am

REI Flash
I use the REI Flash daypack/stuffsack. It's as minimal as I want to get for a daypack.

In GEAR » multi-use ditty-bag/daypack?
July 11, 1:52am

Pot "grabber"
Eric, IF you're SO obessed W/ weight that you won't even carry a pot lifter then you deserve to get soot on you. Eric

In GEAR » Dealing with woodstove soot
July 11, 1:51am

Drying down on the trail
Try to dry down garments BOTH morning and evening for best results.

In GEAR » Down insulation - humid conditions
July 06, 7:31pm

CAbela's PacLite weight
My PacLite Large, Tall weighs 15 oz. Notta too bad for a parka with so many neat features.

In GEAR » I don't understand DriDucks
July 06, 7:28pm

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