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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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Silnylon & taut setup
Perhaps the best way to keep a nylon tent (sil or polyurethane coated) is to put an elastic band between the tent guylines and the stake to create constant tension. I'd do this only if I wa...

In GEAR » tarp / tent material
January 31, 11:39am

Freezer Bag
I prefer to freezer bagging it for 90% of my meals. Better taste, less expensive and healthier. THERE IS FAR TOO MUCH SODIUM IN THE COMMERCIAL FREEZE DRIED FOODS! (Mary Jane's excepted.) ...

In GEAR » Best Food Brands
January 31, 11:30am

Shovel pocket
My 2008 REI UL Cruise 60 has a "shovel pocket" on the front. If my Moment is wet when packing I put it in its stuff cack and then in the shovel pocket which protects most of it, the p...

In GEAR » Ways to pack a tent
January 30, 11:59pm

Hmmmm... technical as heck
Well, maybe the ultimate crampons would be titanium with 1/8" tips of carbide steel laser welded to them. Of course they'd be he!! to sharpen on the trail but probably wouldn't need it...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » best "all around" crampon
January 29, 6:30pm

My experience
I havee an old Polarguard insulated Caribou Mountaineering -5 F. sleeping bag that has a needle punched (tens of 1000s of tiny holes) mylar reflective sheet between twoinsulating batts of Polarguar...

In GEAR » S2S Thermolite Reactor Liners
January 29, 6:07pm

Same here
Did that after the 2nd use, when the rivets gave out. I dunno WHY BPL hasn't asked the company to fix the problem. But I only keep the "stove" in my survival belt pouch. No way to...

In GEAR » Fix for BPL Ti Esbitt Stove
January 29, 12:57pm

Carbon fiber/aluminum poles
Are there any poles that are carbon fiber with an aluminum shaft in the lower, most vulnerable section? I know from sad experience with my CF cross country racing poles that the lower 1/3 is the...

In GEAR » Cafrbon fiber/aluminum poles
January 28, 7:29pm

Contrail v.s. Moment v.s. Sublite Sil
I had a Contrail. Not a bad tent at all,except in higher winds. Sold it and have the TT Moment and love it. The Sublite Sil is lighter than the Moment but W/O the vestibule for cooking in the ra...

In GEAR » A hopefully not too onerous tarptent advice request.
January 28, 12:48am

My Bitter Weather Clothes
Over many years' experience here's my solution to staying out all day in bitter weather: UNDERWEAR> Polarweight polyester longjohns (Cabela's Thermastat) & same top W/ zip t...

In Winter Hiking » Winter hiking around 0F and below - what do you wear?
January 27, 4:31pm

QUILT? For WINTER?
Hmmmm... Personally I'd opt for a bag due to its thermal efficiency. Quilts just have too meny "heat leaks", IMHO. In winter I doubt you'd be saving much weight with a quilt b...

In Winter Hiking » winter quilt
January 27, 11:13am

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