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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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Seems Salomon is taking Arc'teryx in the same direction the now defunct Speigel catalog took Eddie Bauer. Just like Dana Designs when they were bought out. All innovation goes down the drain. L...

In GEAR » Arc'teryx now makes office clothes.
December 15, 12:31pm

Colorado 300
Jack, I agree, get the Garmin Oregon THREE HUNDRED so you have the maps on your computer. I did the same thing when purchasing a Colorado 300. And buy the "camera ready" SD card W/ the...

In GEAR » Buying a new GPS, please advise.
December 15, 12:19pm

Wyatt, Well, you might try European brands if you want to be sure your money won't go to SUWA. Disclosure: I'm a state officer for the Sierra Club in Nevada (Toiyabe chapter) and we...

In GEAR » Help me choose a softshell jacket
December 14, 6:51pm

the "PACKA"
A very unique and nice solution to the pack cover/rain parka problem is the "PACKA". It's a rain parka W/ a back extension that covers your pack. GOOGLE PACKA and take a look. You&...

In GEAR » Another Rain Gear Thread
December 14, 6:43pm

Yep, been there, done that with the Neo-Air regular. > Cold night air reduced the inflation too much, > When it WAS inflated it felt way too bouncy even after a little deflation by me. &g...

In GEAR » Well, it seemed like a good idea...
December 14, 6:23pm

Alcohol, shmalcohol...
I'd suggest trying a CC with the ESBIT "biscuit holder" conversion for less fuel weight and greater ease of use than alcohol. For week long trips acohol weighs too much B/C of its...

In GEAR » School me... Alcohol Stoves
December 14, 6:11pm

Trail Running v.s. Backpacking
You can get small trail running 'shoes OR 30" to 36" backpacking 'shoes but not both in the same item. Trail running snowshoes> short snowshoes for running on packed trails...

In Winter Hiking » Bob Dion Snowshoes
December 12, 11:34pm

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

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