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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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Ken's closet
I see that Ken's closet is the same one I use. Works OK except that my summer down bag goes outside, on top of the closet in its storage bag.

In GEAR » Gear Closet Organization - Which modules/boxes do you use?
February 16, 1:27pm

My preference for an all-around stake is the MSR Groundhog. Light, VERY strong and holds well in most soil.

In GEAR » Tent Stakes
February 15, 7:02pm

What Javan said. The best "balanced advice". Plus MSR Groundhogs are extremely tough (you can pound on them) and fairly light.

In GEAR » Lightest Tent Stakes?
February 15, 1:51pm

Replace Thermawrap
I'd replace the MB Thermawrap with the MB down Jacket (not the vest) - unless you're going to need a synthetic jacket while on teh move. Down will "sweat out" & get wet when h...

In GEAR » Replacing Long Johns with Insulated Down Vest/Jacket?
February 15, 1:49pm

Well, you can get an eVent Packa (pack cover part made of coated nylon) if you like red, his only eVent color. Around $190. The Packa is the most intelligent solution to walking with a pack in t...

In GEAR » Rainwear for dangerous rain…
February 14, 3:05pm

fleece vest
I often carry a light 200 weight fleece vest for summer backlpackiong a altitudes higher than 6,000 ft. But now I may leave it in favor of my Eddie Bauer down "sweater". The vest save...

In GEAR » I'm looking for a warm shirt
February 14, 2:56pm

Wood burner "Burn Off"
I'm still waiting for The Great Woodburning Stove Burn-Off.

In GEAR » Bushbuddy Ultra vrs. Bushcooker Lt.
February 13, 8:20pm

LONG poncho
for good protection on a budget I'd get a totally waterproof "long back" poncho(as in urethane coated). A poncho with a "long back" is made to cover your backpack. With that...

In GEAR » Rainwear for dangerous rain…
February 13, 8:10pm

Christine's mileage
Christine, you have GOT to be one of the priemer female long trail backpackers. NINE pairs of Keenes? Wow! Please post your gear list hre. I'd be very interested in knowing what you ca...

In GEAR » Has anyone had any experience with the Merrill Moab Ventilator shoes?
February 13, 12:43pm

Both Moabs
I own Merrill Moab GTX Mid boots and Merrill Moab Ventilator shoes. Both are very comfortable. I use the shoes for day hikes and the boots for backpacking. BUT, I've put heat-moldable insol...

In GEAR » Has anyone had any experience with the Merrill Moab Ventilator shoes?
February 13, 12:39pm

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