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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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REI eVent Parka
I reccommend the re-designed REI Kimtah eVent parka at $249. (regular price). I have the earlier version and the pants. Not UL (15 oz. for size XL) but quite durable. I got one size larger to fi...

In GEAR » Hardshells, too many choices
April 30, 1:53pm

Ti cone required
Gassifier wood burners like the Bushbuddy and Inferno insert for Tri Ti and Sidewinder Caldera Cones create a VERY hot burn due to burning off normally unburnt gasses given off in initial combustio...

In GEAR » Aluminum caldera cone with bushbuddy?
April 30, 1:30pm

Look at the medium to larger Osprey packs. Their newer suspension systems are very comfortable - the best I've found to date. REI carries most Osprey models.

In GEAR » Larger Volume Pack Recommendations/Advice
April 28, 2:28pm

MSR Ground Hogs
I now use Ground Hogs exclusively, except for SMR snow stakes in sandy soil. Ground Hogs of either length are THE strongest aluminum stakes available. You can pound on them with a rock fairly ha...

In GEAR » Pegs for upper Alps (WHR/TMB)
April 28, 2:25pm

The XC pole strap anaogy
Jake, True, you do not use a straight arm extension with hiking poles as one does at full stride when XC skiing and the alpine ski analogy is more appropriate. Still, when going on the steepe...

In Editor's Roundtable » Effectively Using Hiking Poles: The Gas-Brake-Coast Method
April 28, 2:18pm

SMD Skyscape X
My idea of a Cuben fiber TENT (not tent-shaped tarp) is the Six Moon Designs Skyscape X. Yes, Pricey but very well designed and very wind-worthy. And you can even make a "porch" for s...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » SUL Cuben Summit Tarp: rain/wind bomber?
April 26, 7:07pm

Hmmmm... yes, but...
Ed, To have a lumbar pack large enough for minimalist overnighting you need to also have shoulder straps and D ring attachment points on the front waist belt and on the pack itself. I have...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Lumbar/belt pack for overnight runs
April 26, 7:02pm

My rant of USFS & trails
In many areas the cash-strapped USFS will not maintain trails. But they seem to have lots off money to build logging and oil & gas well roads thru the National forests. Even here in Las Veg...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trail Work Thread
April 26, 6:53pm

Windscreen for tiny canister stoves
Search for my thread & photos on the windscreen I revised for my canister-top stove.

In GEAR » MSR Pocket Rocket options
April 26, 6:44pm

PSOLAR face masks
Get a Psolar face mask that contains copper mesh to warm incoming breath. It works to reduce the amount of moisture lost from your body due to the effects of breathing cold air. And it keeps your n...

In Winter Hiking » Frosty Breath, how to prevent a soggy sleeping bag?
April 23, 10:05pm

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