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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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TT Moment
I have a TarpTent Moment that I've found VERY wind-worthy in Colorado's Indian Peaks range, a windy range if there ever was one. Like its name, it sets up in a moment with 2 stakes, one at ...

In GEAR » Need a little guidance
August 28, 1:57am

Heavy duty RidgeRest
I've read of a newwer, thicker version of RidgeRest but when I went to Cadcade Designs' site I could only find the standard RidgeRest. ?? Rich, that's it, the thicker Ridge Rest Solar

In GEAR » Should I replace my 10y old Ridgerest?
August 27, 5:38pm

Merrill Ventilators too
"Ballsch"? "Bag o'swchag"?? "Are you from Lilliput or the land of Hobbits? I have both Merril Ventilators and Merrill Moab Mid GTX shoes and love them. I'm an 11...

In GEAR » Trail Shoe Recommendation?
August 25, 7:58pm

I sold my Contrail & got a Moment for ease of setup and wind worthiness reasons. The Moment is VERY easy to set up, even easier than the Contrail. It's that ease of setup in inclement we...

In GEAR » Too many shelter options-I need to focus!
August 25, 12:38am

First Ascent
I have a new First Ascent jacket (on sale) and feel a good light down jacket is a must when backpacking anytime at altitude (over 6,000 ft) and in spring and fall. In fact I think light down jac...

In GEAR » Good insulating layer?
August 23, 1:18am

I have one Western Mountaineering bag, the30 F. Megalite, a wider girth summer bag for permitting layering. And believe me last summer in a high (8,000 ft. ) valley near Olancha Peak on the PCT...

In GEAR » Millet vs. Valandre vs. WM
August 21, 5:20pm

I agree, a light eVent rain parka is my next major purchase - maybe an REI parka.

In GEAR » Versatile Shell-eVent, Gore?
August 19, 8:19pm

"Super" Ridge Rest
Now Thermarest has a thicker RidgeRest,if you don't mind the extra weight. It's for winter camping, either alone or under another mattress. But for winter I prefer my Thermarest Trail P...

In GEAR » Need CCF Pad recomendations
August 16, 1:49pm

Snowshoeing, hmmmm...
Rich, As one who owns 2 pair of snowshoes and about 6 pair of skis I'd recommend a pair of backcountry touring skis over snowshoes. Your one hour commute to the bus stop will be cut in half...

In GEAR » Stove for winter camping.
August 16, 12:53pm

Freezer Bag Meals
If ALL your meals are home-prepared "freezer bag" meals you'll have less bulk and be able to carry about 25% more meals. Plus "freezer bag" meals are not only cheaper an...

In GEAR » How Much Food In A Bearikade Scout
August 15, 2:40pm

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