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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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I'm a gear "tinkerer". I buy gear that I like and very often do small or large modifications to it to suit my needs. Seldom do I make gear from scratch. Too much good stuff already ou...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Groupthink at camp MYOG..
January 13, 11:58pm

TarpTent Moment
I had a TarpTent Contrail for 3 summers and liked it but recently sold it for the TarpTent Moment. IMHO it is just about the best solo tent out there. At 28 oz. it's not the lightest but it...

In GEAR » Solo shelter options
January 13, 10:18am

Mr. Ure, WIND? I'd say the Moment is at LEAST as wind resistant as the SubLite. I've had mine in overnight sustained 35-45 mph. winds with no flapping or even rippling of the canopy. I b...

In GEAR » Taptent Moment vs Sublite Sil
January 11, 6:08pm

Down & synthetic bags & durability on the trail
I love my WM Megalite summer bag and care for it well, including: 1. wearing only "sleep clothing" in it to keep it clean, 2. spraying it inside with antibacterial Fabreeze and drying it...

In GEAR » Weight vs longevity
January 11, 5:57pm

I've used Tecron spray-on DWR, which is very good but recently I have switched to REVIVEX because it is even better, especially when "revived" in a medium heat drier. As a ski pat...

January 10, 11:55am

Winter gear v.s. summer gear
I agree with Paul S. regarding the necessity of sturdy winter gear. Winter is a more demanding AND unforgiving environment. Your equipment must not only be sturdier but proven to work in the worst ...

In GEAR » Weight vs longevity
January 10, 11:41am

Mike, See my PM to you on your questions. (See my bio. for my qualifications to make recommendations.) Good idea testing everything at home first. Wish more folks would do that. Eric

In Winter Hiking » A few newbie winter camping questions
January 06, 11:46pm

eVent shells
If'n I had the greenbacks I'd get an eVent shell like REI's new one. BTW, usually you don't need pit zips with eVent. I have a Cabela's Rainy River PacLite GTX rain suit ...

In Winter Hiking » Rain/snow/wind shell for Snowshoeing
January 06, 11:30pm

Been using MSR Groundhog stakes for years and like them so much I haven't used anything else for 3 season camping. Tried ti stakes and found them lacking for their intended purpose but great...

In GEAR » Titanium Tent Stakes
January 06, 11:28pm

Chris & Paul, To me those conditions sound bad enuf to warrant true 4 season tents. Not that I haven't slept in my share of snow trenches and Quinzhees, but when it comes to winter tenti...

In GEAR » Thoughts on proposed shelter setup?
January 04, 3:09pm

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