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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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Footwear & bedtime/morning
Your footwear needs to have VBL sox, either thin neopprene diver's sox or waterproof ripstop nylon sox to keep your insulation layers dry. Your boots need to be GTX to keep the innards dry unle...

In Gear Lists » Winter Trip
October 11, 9:19pm

DIY frame
I have twice converted framless hunting packs to frame packs by using 3 strips of inch wide X 1/8 inch thick aluminum stays in an inverted U shape. I got the aluminum "bar stock" at Lowe&...

In GEAR » Internal framed packs, favorite frame sheet?
October 02, 7:25pm

Pontification, et al.
My dearest David, Point taken. I really should have put a smiley face after "Deal with it." to show that I was only semi-serious. Yes, I confess, I have used shepherd's hook sta...

In GEAR » tent stakes/pegs
October 02, 6:13pm

MSR Groundhog stakes
I've had it with skinny rod tent stakes. They can't hold well in a lot of soil types. The best AND strongest stakes for the weight are MSR aluminum "Y" cross-section stakes. ...

In GEAR » tent stakes/pegs
October 02, 12:23am

Sleeping bag hood cords
I posted this in more detail in the DIY "Make Your Own Gear" forum but not everyone reads that forum so I'll make an "executive summary" here. To EASILY differentiate my...

In GEAR » Sleeping bag hood cords
October 01, 11:30pm

tactile drawcord ID
I just replaced the flat "chin cord" of my WM sleeping bag with a round paracord so I could tell the chin cord from the head cord in the dark. I began by retracting as much of the fla...

In Make Your Own Gear » tactile drawcord ID
October 01, 11:24pm

Very well sorted out
Thanks Roger, for an excellent, understandable and in-depth series. The data is very helpful for ccomparisons and the photos of each pack were instructive. Must have taken you a lot of time to prep...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Internal Frame Packs: a State of the Market Report - Part 2: The Packs
September 30, 5:21pm

WPB shells & down jackets
I'd say that the combo of a WPB shell (TRULY breathable) is OK for most 3 season backpacking IF you can avoid heavy exertion while wearing the down jacket. I know of a 16 F. day in August, 2...

In GEAR » eVent Rain Pants & Rain Suits
September 29, 4:13pm

"Laminate fabrics have no place..."
Hmmm, well m' man, there a lot of folks who use "laminates" in the coldest weather who would disagree with your blanket statement - and that would include most of the world's mode...

In GEAR » Hardshells: 3-season, 4-season, etc.
September 28, 11:22pm

yes...
Yes, my Ski Patrol parka and EMS mountain parka are both 3 layer GTX hardshells. My summer parka is "one layer" PacLite GTX. Huge difference in weight but the winter parkas offer bett...

In GEAR » Hardshells: 3-season, 4-season, etc.
September 28, 8:26pm

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