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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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Chris & Paul, To me those conditions sound bad enuf to warrant true 4 season tents. Not that I haven't slept in my share of snow trenches and Quinzhees, but when it comes to winter tenti...

In GEAR » Thoughts on proposed shelter setup?
January 04, 3:09pm

So by "southeast" you guys are talking no snow, no high winds, no sub freezing temps? What, Alabama? Georgia? Let's get the locale, elevation and expected temps laid out 1st so we...

In GEAR » Thoughts on proposed shelter setup?
January 04, 2:08pm

The TT Sublite is a 3 season, single wall tent. Even with Tyvek you'll get a fair amount of condensation, which means a LOT of frost inside - more than you will want to deal with despite the Su...

In GEAR » Thoughts on proposed shelter setup?
January 04, 1:37pm

My son, Buddhism teaches us to lose our attatchments and thus free our spirit from its worldly fetters. Therefore I admonish you: Sell the d@mn thing and get a nice TarpTent Moment, as I did ...

In GEAR » Your opinions on shelter
January 04, 12:58am

I've used my Moment in sustained high winds with no problems at all. But it's strictly a 3 season tent due mainly to its excellent ventilation.

In GEAR » Tarptent questions
January 02, 11:46pm

Hmmmm... perhaps neither
Personally I'd take a TarpTent Scarp 2 over the Double Rainbow. Plus you can get a summer netting body and a winter ripstop body for it.

In GEAR » Double Rainbow, Lunar Duo, or Nallo 2 what would you choose?
January 02, 8:56pm

Some options:
Options for a 3 layer system > 1. Go to Brigade Quartermaster & search for it. Two systems were available in Dec. 2. Google Snugpak (a British company) they have the best system I'...

In GEAR » 3 Layer Sleeping System
January 02, 11:02am

1.5 L
My recent favorite snow melting pot is the JetBoil 1.5 L pot WITH lightening mods. MODS: 1. remove the steel wire handle 2. carefully cut off (most of) the wire handle's mounting plate w...

In GEAR » Favorite Snow Melting Pot?
December 29, 10:18pm

Been there...
Been there, done that W/ the 3/4 length pads in the '80s. Now I only use a regular length mattress or pad. In my mid 60s, after a long day on the Tulomene River trail or backpacking up to...

In GEAR » Pros and cons of this neoair setup please
December 29, 10:07pm

THE guide to snow camping (not seminal, tho)
Get "Allen and Mike's Really Cool Backcounry Ski Book" It's a great paperback with informative cartoon-type illustrations. Probably 50% of the info is in the often funny illust...

In Winter Hiking » My Snow Camping 101 pictorial
December 29, 9:57pm

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