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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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Anyone taking an AVY 2 course?
I need an AVY 2 course but don't want to take it at my small ski area just outside of Las Vegas. If you have had an AVY 1 course and want to take an AVY 2 course at a big western resort let ...

In Winter Hiking » Anyone taking an AVY 2 course?
November 15, 8:47pm

Anyone taking an AVY 2 course?
I need an AVY 2 course this year but don't want to take it at my small ski area just outside Las Vegas. If you have an AVY 1 course and want to take an AVY 2 course at a big western resort ...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Anyone taking an AVY 2 course?
November 15, 8:44pm

I know nylon is stronger than polyester but: 1. Polyester does not stretch nearly as much as nylon, esp. when wet. 2. Polyester has better UV resistance than nylon. 3. Polyester is relatively ...

In GEAR » Tarptent Sublite Silnylon Now Available
November 13, 11:30pm

I've seen Phantom 32s in two other stores and all were low on loft. I still contend the Phantom 32's temp rating is optimistic, just as the Megalite's rating is conservative. That sa...

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 Sleeping Bag Review
November 13, 11:18pm

Used 'em fer years
In my earlier days of backpacking (when I was a poor beginning teacher) I used aluminum gutterspikes for several years. Worked well and I just tossed the bent ones when I returned home. Got 'em...

In GEAR » Gutter Spike as an Ultralight Ultracheap Stake
November 13, 3:06pm

Best DWR??
What is the best Durable Water Repellant you've found? I presently use Tectron aerosol spray but I hear REVIVEX is the best. I guess It's what GORE-TEX fabrics have as their factory DWR....

In GEAR » Best DWR??
November 12, 4:56pm

Science Marches On
Oh Yeah! >UV LED Steripens that use 1/10th the power of current Steripens. >Totally breathable but waterproof/fireproof fabric from nanotechnology for tents and clothing. >Hiking ...

In GEAR » UV LED based water purifier
November 12, 4:09pm

Another "brain trust member" suggestion
Ya might want to put Roger Caffin in that group too. He's got an excellent analytical mind when it comes to gear re-design. Eric

In GEAR » What do you get when you cross Henry Shires, Ron Moak, and Ron Bell?
November 12, 12:47am

Moment crossing pole
My Moment crossing pole (singular) is the same. The pole ends insert into a pocket of light, Hypalon-type material that permits the pole to pull out the end point tension cords. But I'd still s...

In GEAR » Scarp 1 Pole Termination Point
November 12, 12:41am

For less ($214.) I'd go for the heavier REI eVent parka and have a much more useable item.

In GEAR » Thoughts on the Marmot Nano?
November 12, 12:37am

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