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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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My "system"
For camp all my colder weather gloves and mittens are GTX shells over fleece or heavier pile liners. I carry extra liners to replace sweaty ones. For ski touring & snowshoeing I use light le...

In GEAR » Gloves, liners, gauntlets, mitts, muffs, etc. What are you wearing and when?
January 08, 1:06am

It appears the OP will encounter the following: 1.Higher altitudes (above 9,000 ft.) 2.Winter conditions (snow, maybe wet snow, and cold possibly well below 0 F.) 3.Possibility of overnigh...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Beginner advice - Socal mtns in winter and Whitney
January 08, 12:54am

Ski lengths (& widths)
Bob, Yer keerect, I don't know the height & weight of the OP so I gave a range of lengths. And I didn't say 210 cm skis B/C I was specifically referring to STEEP Sierra Neveda skiing...

In Winter Hiking » BC touring ski setup for the Sierras...
January 07, 10:54am

Any bivy bag over $100 should be an eVent bag. Nothing else come close to keeping your sleeping bag from accumulating a lot of moisture from your body and breath. And a cheap, light, seam sealed ny...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Winter Emergency Bivy Sack
January 07, 12:00am

"Double" Boots
Of COURSE you need double boots. The "double" really means boots with an insulating liner. Since these will most likely be overnight trips you're taking the liners can be removed and ...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Beginner advice - Socal mtns in winter and Whitney
January 06, 11:57pm

Advances in Avy Gear
Everyone who travels in the backcountry has (or Should have) at least one avalanche course and good avy gear. As an avy trained ski patroller and backcountry skier I'd like to say a few words a...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Advances in Avy Gear
January 06, 11:30pm

Sell the VBL bag
Sell your VBL bag and get a light nylon rainsuit with sealed seams. Wear it over very light polypropelene long johns. Polypro sheds ice best. You can remove the long johns and let them freze and th...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » ideas for cold weather camping
January 06, 10:44pm

Spot TWO
I'm considering buying a SPOT II due to its much improved transmit capabilities. It's great for accidents when solo hiking, esp. if you're so incapacitated that you can't transmi...

In GEAR » PLB rent or buy or co-op
January 06, 10:29pm

Lynn, Well NikWax does have a "medicinal" smell for a while but it will keep the wool from absorbing moisture. Wool can FEEL dry when wet but it does absorb a lot of moisture. Lano...

In GEAR » NikWax on wool
January 05, 2:42pm

Check out Cabela's online catalog. They have THE largest selection of good winter boots on the plsnet. Try for boots with at least 1,000 gm. weight Thinsulate insulation. And buying a boot ...

In GEAR » snow boots
January 05, 2:39pm

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