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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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5.11 pants
I own 2 pair of 5.11 nylon "canvas" pants from a company called 5.11. They supply police & other "operators" with tactical clothing & gear. These pants have double se...

In GEAR » Perfectionist looking for the perfect hiking pants...
May 01, 1:29am

As a Moment owner I looked closely at this tent and feel the Moment has many advantages not found in the Lightheart. When deciding between the two look closely at overall fabric tautness (i.e. ...

In GEAR » Lightheart Solo Tent
April 30, 12:15am

Lots of alternatives for winter footwear discussed here, some "good" some "not good", IMHO. With many years as a Nordic ski patroller, Army ROTC winter survival instructor an...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Footwear Systems for Snow Travel Part 3: Model Lightweight Footwear Systems for Snow Hiking, Snowshoeing, and Snow Camping
April 29, 12:03am

Calders Cone Tri Ti
I'm about to purchase the Caldera Cone Tri Ti stove & base (& then make my own "sub base" to prevent the stove sinking into compacted snow). I think the Caldera Cone Tri ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Reducing Winter Pack Weight: Wood Fire Cooking in the Snow
April 28, 11:06pm

Good article on a subject ovten overlooked. When I know I'm going into wet weather I take my GTX PacLite rain parka and pants and eVent gaiters. The GTX pants and eVent gaiters keep my GTX l...

In Editor's Roundtable » Gear Suited for Wet, Cold Weather Hiking
April 28, 10:49pm

Persactly what Bob Carver does. A capful or two of bleach in a quart of water, dump it in the bag, slosh well & run it all out the drink hose mouthpiece. I do it Every tine before I fill up.

In GEAR » Platypus drinking tubes with Fungus-Mold
April 28, 5:41pm

Look at TarpTent's new double wall tents. Fairly light, excellent quality and reasonable prices.

In GEAR » double wall tent
April 28, 1:10am

It's well known that pots which are wider than they are tall are more efficient. That's the 1st thing I look for in a pot. "Cooksets" are not something I've ever been into...

In GEAR » Self Contained Solo Cooksets
April 28, 12:57am

Naaaa! Use coffee bags
I just use left over coffee bean bags. Aluminum plastic & lined and they have wire fold over seals. Worked for me at Pariah Canyon UT.

In GEAR » There sure is a lot potty mouths on here today
April 26, 1:56pm

Nemo v.s. Moment
I have a TT Moment and it appears, at 28 oz. to weigh about the same as the Meta 1 person. Not to rain on yer parade but it looks like the Moment may be faster to set up and have more interior ...

In GEAR » Nemo Meta 1P
April 25, 11:44pm

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