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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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PacLite does not breath enough for heavy exertion. eVent is much better in my experience. And softshell is too heavy for pants IMHO. Plus, softshell collects snow and will not be good in wet sn...

In GEAR » Fabric for winter shell pants?
January 28, 10:18am

REI sells some VERY light UL stuff sacks (uncoated) of ripstop nylon. I use them for most of my items. But for my down bag & clothes I use light, waterproof roll-top sacks by Outdoor Product...

In GEAR » Small Stuff Sack Recommendations
January 28, 10:08am

Roger, Yes your drawing is exactly how I define a sod cloth. I wasn't sure how you defined it (we being divided by a "common language" and all) :) I'm trying to decide if zi...

In Winter Hiking » My "storm" camp
January 28, 9:27am

A "doable" wood stove in a tent
If you want safety AND efficiency with a woodstove in a tent you need the following: 1. Chimney W/inverted "funnel" over (touching) the CC Inferno, Bush Buddy, etc. to collect 95% of t...

In Winter Hiking » Considering buying a winter setup, would love opinions.
January 26, 10:10pm

Vestibules and spindrift snow
Roger, I agree regarding "sod cloth" but for me that sod cloth would not be a ground cloth covering the vestibule floor. Instead it would 1 ft. be zip-on extensions to the bottom of th...

In Winter Hiking » My "storm" camp
January 26, 9:58pm

Roger, In "Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book" (p. 96) there is an illustration of a vestibule pit. This book is my fav for winter camping info. My pit was about 1...

In Winter Hiking » My "storm" camp
January 25, 9:58pm

I once made a porch for my REI SoloLite tube tent but the Gossamer Gear The One has only a single pole to attatch a porch to, not a hoop like my tent. You can try sewing flat "loops" (...

In GEAR » GG The One Porch Ideas
January 25, 9:29pm

Eugene, I love your cynicism r.e. Garmin's servers. My sentiments precisely. I have a Colorado 300 B/C I wanted the maps on my computer. Now this thread says there's a NEW BaseCamp form...

In GEAR » To those with a Garmin GPS - I need help
January 25, 9:07pm

My "storm" camp
On Thursday, Jan. 21st I snowshoed into the Spring Mountains just outside Las Vegas and near the small ski resort where I'm a patroller. That day was the beginning of the last - and the wors...

In Winter Hiking » My "storm" camp
January 24, 2:23pm

Just used my Lightning Ascents
Hendrik, I just used my new MSR Lightning Ascents on a solo trip this week. The Spring Mountains near Las Vegas had 3 ft. of recent snow in the woods when I snowshoed in W/ my 50 lb. pack (due t...

In Winter Hiking » New MSR Snowshoes 2010 - 2011
January 22, 6:23pm

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