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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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"Contrail/Moment relationship"
I too have owned a Contrail and now own a Moment. I used the Contrail for 3 summers and liked it a lot for its light weight and roominess. But when the Moment came out I could see its advantages...

In GEAR » Contrail VS. Moment?
January 14, 12:11pm

3 season only?
I'd go with the TarpTent SCARP II W/ mesh inner tent for 3 season use. Then I'd buy the nylon cloth inner tent and make it a 4 season tent. I was going to get it this winter but budget c...

In GEAR » If you could only have one...
January 13, 2:25pm

Joshua, I'm a "tenter". I've used tarps all through the '70s in all seasons but much prefer a tent like my TT Moment. The Moment is very fast to set up - around 1 minute...

In GEAR » PCT Shelter Advice
January 13, 2:06pm

I STILL wonder why Cascade Designs can't aluminize the inner bottom surface of the Pro Lite... ??????????

In GEAR » Thermarest RidgeRest SOLite
January 13, 12:54am

As much as I admire Ben's advice this time I'll have to disagree. Keeping your sleeping bag DRY ia a top priority. You NEED a waterproof stuffsack for your bag. I use the "Two Brick...

In GEAR » Stuff sack for my sleeping bag
January 12, 12:57pm

Stoves! I have 9 of them, from white gas to Propane to ESBIT to alcohol to wood. AND I'm getting ready to order a Caldera Cone Tri Ti Inferno stove. And # 2 is GOOD camp cooking.(It fi...

In GEAR » What's Your Weakness?
January 12, 3:21am

Dual contact points
Hmmmm... Franco, that dual contact point setup is fairly "foolproof" but some fools may still screw it up. I do understand the dangers of charging (over charging) lithium rechargables....

In GEAR » present battery technology
January 11, 1:33pm

present battery technology
Since most of us use backpacking gadgets like cameras and GPS units that rely on batteries I'm wondering if there are any companies making AA or AAA lithium polymer RECHARGABLE batteries (like ...

In GEAR » present battery technology
January 10, 10:39pm

3 season tent??
If you want a good 3 season tent try the TarpTent Moment. I love mine. See their website. This tent normally requires only 2 stakes and DOES set up in under one minute.

In GEAR » Looking for a doubled walled "bivy" style tent
January 10, 10:27pm

"Waxless" skis
For a beginner "waxless" skis are the way to go. I say "waxless" B/C you still need to put glide wax on the tips and tails. (Iron it on and scrape it down to a smooth finish...

In GEAR » Ski Advice
January 10, 9:18pm

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