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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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Right On! Right On! Right On!
Right On brudda Eric! EB's sale prices for it's First Ascent stuff is great gear for a great price. To wit: my First Ascent Downlight Sweater for $89. Amazing.

In GEAR » Gore-Tux Formal Wear
November 12, 10:37pm

A good book...
As I just mentioned on another winter camping thread here I'd pick up a copy of "Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backcuntry Ski Book". Lots of info on clothing and camping techniqu...

In GEAR » new member
November 12, 3:33pm

Double liners
When I was an XC (Nordic) ski partoller I had to spend long hours in the cold in light XC boots and gaiters. I learned to use TWO pair of thin polypro liner sox under my regular heavier wool/acryli...

In GEAR » injinji sock liner question
November 12, 3:27pm

Wind and cold
I like my 5.11 brand nylon "tactical" pants for their durability and $50. price. I prefer them to the equavalent RailRiders pants for features, like the vertical pocket inside the double ...

In GEAR » Thru Hike pants
November 12, 3:21pm

Synthetic fills
Unfortunately no good durability tests of the leading synthetic fills exist unless the Army lab at Nautick has them. From my own experience and IMHO I'd FAR rather have a Climashield filled ...

In GEAR » Too much down?
November 12, 3:15pm

"Wretched Excess"
I agree, a GTX Windstopper sport coat IS "wretched excess". ... and a max length motor home pulling a Range Rover Sport is "excessive excess". (There is a difference, it&#...

In GEAR » Gore-Tux Formal Wear
November 12, 3:08pm

I'm making a VBL bag from aluminized waterproof ripstop. It will keep probably 90% of my body moisture from my bag. It will NOT include the bag's hood but just have an elastic neck cord.

In GEAR » Use of VBL
November 12, 2:54pm

A great winter camping book
My best recommendation for those new to winter camping is to buy a copy of "Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book". It has as much info crammed into Mike Clelland's ...

In GEAR » Winter Hiking Camping
November 12, 2:07pm

MSR Dragonfly
The Dragonfly is my winter stove because it is very reliable and can simmer low enough to bake with my Backpacker's Pantry aluminized fiberglass pot cover & lid handle thermometer. Jelly f...

In GEAR » Stripping a white gas stove
November 12, 1:56pm

head profile
I'm going to make one since I do need one for sleeping and really foul winter weather. But I'll make the head (top) seam so it curves UP to a point in the back. Then I'll look like a bi...

In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG Fleece Headgear
November 12, 1:44pm

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