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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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Caldera Cone Inferno
Perhaps a tiny bit less efficient in fuel usage than the BushBuddy, but the CC Inferno doesnt' have to be CONSTANTLY fed fuel, as does the BB, from several reports I've read. Howsomever...

In Winter Hiking » bushbuddy stove as a snow melter
December 12, 11:17pm

Once More, With Feeling...
I'll say it again, Cabela's has absolutely THE laregest selection of winter boots on the planet. Go there and look and compare features. BTW, I dont' think Colombia is that high in...

In GEAR » Winter Boots, Which Ones?
December 12, 10:41pm

Wear quilted pants that will fit under your baggiest wind pants like the RailRiders. That way you can wear the quilted pants in your sleeping bag if necessary. Same with the top.

In GEAR » Insulated pants for winter use
December 11, 11:09pm

I took a look at the ARETE online. Seems to be a good winter tent with the 3rd crossing pole in front making the structure very stable in the manner TNF's Tadpole does. This is important B/C wi...

In Winter Hiking » REI Arete ASL 2 thoughts?
December 11, 5:23pm

What James said...
Your 1st response was on the money. I have a GTX ski patrol mountain parka with a zip-in softshell, "Windstopper" jacket. At 15 F. while ski patrolling last Tuesday the softshell was N...

In GEAR » Q. soft shell vs fleece
December 11, 12:43pm

Your Best Bet
I'd recommend getting GTX glove SHELLS that come with removable liners. Get them one size larger than normal so you can put some heavy pile liners in them for bitter temps. (Try Cabela's fo...

In GEAR » Lightweight windproof/waterproof gloves?
December 10, 5:52pm

Double Layer
For really cold weather hiking I use old double layer black nylon ski pants. Not heavy but very breathable and durable. I wash them in Nikwax waterproofing and later spray the outer layer with ...

In GEAR » BRRRR! Pants!!
December 10, 5:37pm

Uh Huh!
Juston, Been there, done that in 1982. Spiral fracture of my right tibia. (Grass skiing in W. VA in summer!) Luckily it was not displaced like yours and needed no pins. Had to wait THREE HOURS t...

In GEAR » Vicariously
December 09, 10:44pm

NEOS et al
Chris, I have the following insulated boots: 1. 40 F. to 20 F. > Gore-Tex/Thinsulate Timberland leather & cordura hunting boots (Good to 10 F. ONLY if you keep moving.) 2. 20 F. to ...

In GEAR » Winter Boots, Which Ones?
December 09, 10:34pm

Jim, I'd second the vote for layering. And think very hard about adding some kind of vest as an emergency layer if temps drop too far for your usual layer system. keeping your core heat is v...

In GEAR » Layering Insulated Jackets vs One Heavy Jacket
December 09, 10:20pm

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