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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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REVIVEX is the best spray-on DWR I've used. Gore requires its use on products made from their laminates.

In GEAR » Dwr
January 18, 12:21am

Tarping & tenting
In the '70s I was a tarper due to budget constraints but managed OK in all 4 seasons including winter hunting trips. I became skilled in pitching it in different configurations but still it was...

In GEAR » Tarp or Tarp Tent
January 16, 11:07pm

Eddie Bauer...
Eddie Bauer also makes a warm down hoody. I have the E.B. down "sweater" and it's comfy.

In GEAR » MB AL Light Down Parka vs Patagonia Down Hoody
January 16, 10:57pm

Hall of the Mountain King
Beautiful Bob. Now you just need a few more feet of snow everywhere. And since the shot was taken they have had over 12 ft. of snow!!

In Winter Hiking » Yosemite in Winter
January 15, 1:27pm

Stephen, That 10 oz. of "clothing down" would have to be distributed between a light down jacket and down pants. If that's what your're describing then you'd probably add a...

In GEAR » Using down clothing to uprate a sleeping bag
January 15, 1:12pm

Scarp I
I'm still thinking of buying a Scarp I (W/ cloth inner tent) for winter but I'd have to figure in the weight of the crossing poles. And... to make the Scarp I hold up better in a heavy s...

In GEAR » Best solo shelter for moderate four season use?
January 15, 1:01pm

I once owned a Mt'n. Hardwear Phantom 32. It's loft looked soooo poor when I got it home that I took it back to REI and got a (pricier) Western Mountaineering Megalite 30 F. bag. Now THAT ...

In GEAR » Phantom 45
January 14, 7:57pm

Sierras in Sept.
I'd bring a rain parka or a Packa (parka/packcover) I have a Cabela's PacLite rainsuit and for the high Sierras would even consider taking the pants for wind and snow protection in Sept...

In GEAR » Raingear for JMT/SHR in Sept
January 14, 12:36pm

"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

All Reader Reviews by Eric Blumensaadt

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Trail designs SideWinder
The Trail Designs Sidewinder is an "alternative" fuel stove that is a 3 fuel stove. I.e. it can burn alcohol, ESBIT tablets or wood. What's more it is highly efficient at all of these...

In Cookware - Other
June 18, 1:41am

Trail Designs SideWinder for AGG 2qt pot
My 3 cup Open Country pot is the perfect size for solo camping. It fits in the Sidewinder ti stove and using ESBIT with a modified Gram Cracker tablet holder (BGET) IMHO this is the perfect size sto...

In Stoves - Other
June 08, 2:06am

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