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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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eVent ID thru Hiker
Roleigh, That's good to hear that the Thru Hiker is not noisy. I like that parka for its length. "Butt coverage" is important, especially if you are wearing rain chaps.

In GEAR » Help me choose an eVent jacket
March 14, 12:25pm

2 REI eVent parkas
REI has 2 eVent parkas. From what I can tell one of them is only 1 or 2 ounces lighter than the original, (Shuskan). I've heard the ID Thru Hiker parka is noisy and crinkly. That I don'...

In GEAR » Help me choose an eVent jacket
March 14, 12:30am

Caldera Cone Tri Ti
The Tri Ti version can use alcohol, wood, and ESBIT tabs. Its wood burning efficiency is amazing due to an internal inverted cone that creates a hot air downdraft.

In GEAR » Caldera Cone System
March 11, 11:38am

500 for sure
I have the Garmin Colorado 300 for around $400. and bought the TOPO USA CD for another $100. instead of the pre-loaded Coorado 400t so I could download it & up load to the GPS and still have i...

In GEAR » Garmin Oregon 550 or 550t?
March 11, 11:35am

Down or synthetic
I's recommend either down garments or good synthetic filled garments like Climashield or Thermolite Micro for camp ans sleep wear. BUT your sleeping bag must be of sufficient girth to accom...

In GEAR » light and warm mid layer for sleeping
March 10, 4:40pm

Personally, as much as I like some of my other Vargo products, I'd MUCH rather have a Caldera Cone Tri Ti W/Inferno conversion for woodburning with its high efficiency of combustion and great h...

In GEAR » New Vargo Hexagon Wood Stove...Opinions?
March 09, 8:15pm

BA Fly Creek
I second the Big Agnes Fly Creek suggestion. It is the lightest 2-person, double wall tent out there and well worth the price. If I was going on your trip and was REQUIRED to carry a 2-person ...

In GEAR » Suggestions for a tent
March 09, 8:04pm

"Mineral Turpentine"
Franco, Your term "mineral turpentine" is nearly the same as mineral spirits. Mineral spirits, as was explained to me, come from a mixture of turpentine (a pine tree product) and petro...

In GEAR » Seam Sealing a Tarptent
March 09, 11:29am

Bob, My solution to mudpits is light gaiters. Absolutely worth the small extra weight. I'd hate to have mud & water in my shoes all day. Bad for your feet after a few days.

In GEAR » Chilkoot Trail & WCT Hike Gear Options
March 09, 12:36am

MSR Groundhog
I use only aluminum MSR Groundhog "Y" cross-section stakes but with the TT Moment I need only 4 of them, 2 of which are used only if it's going to be very windy. Groundhog aluminu...

In GEAR » Tarp Stakes
March 09, 12:29am

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