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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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Gavin's tent
Gavin, Your tent is basically a version of a canoeing tent used in eastern Canada from the early canvas tent days. For a forested area it's fine. See The Canadian canoeist and author calls ...

In GEAR » Tent vestibules and TENT VESTIBULES
September 09, 6:52pm

NICE!
Now this looks like it would work. With enough air pressure in the pad hopefully most of the pack's weight would be transferred to the hip belt. The only problem I see is the wispy hip belt...

In GEAR » MLD Packs "Lightweight Suspension Upgrade"
September 09, 6:40pm

Hmmmm...
I'll stick with Princeton Tech for now. Especially for winter camping and XC skiing I need a headlamp that is waterproof and has a circuit that maximizes light output duration over the life of ...

In GEAR » New Black Diamond Ion headlamp
September 09, 6:31pm

Not in my experience
I always hear about this "synthetic stink" but have not experienced it myself. (And, yes, my farts DO stink! I can't even stand 'em.) Maybe it's my body chemistry but my sy...

In GEAR » Synthetic Stink: Scientifically proven
September 08, 2:58pm

Double bags
Max, I very much agree with your double bag system. (BTW, so does the US Army) If'n I wuz to camp in bitterly cold temps (below -20 F.) I've found that my WM Megalite down bag fits ...

In GEAR » winter pod system?
September 08, 2:52pm

Option #2
Wi-Wi, If you get the Hogback you can always rig tie-outs from the X-ing pole attachments to trees for better canopy support. I truly think the tie-outs would give much better support than tha...

In GEAR » TT Hogback
September 08, 2:45pm

Next SEASON? Aaaarrrgggghhh!
Well, when the ENAN does come out I'd love to see a photo of it side-by-side with a Moment DW. Footprint and vestibule comparisons whould be nice too. How about wind tunnel testing with a...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent thread
September 07, 8:19pm

6 of one, half a dozen of the other...
Both my Scarp 2 and Moment DW have the ripstop inner W/ netting top panels. I got 'em for 4 season camping. The Scarp 2 gets some frost on the inside of the fly, as do all double wall tent...

In GEAR » Tell me about TT solid inners
September 07, 8:12pm

Hogback and heavy weather
Unless you absolutely need the space I'd go for the Scarp 2 and its optional crossing poles which are great for windy weather. The single Hogback X-ing pole seems to offer little extra prote...

In GEAR » TT Hogback
September 07, 7:58pm

ENAN owners??
Does anyone here on BPL actually OWN an ENAN? I'd love to see photos when this happens.

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent thread
September 07, 7:52pm

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