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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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metal fabric V.S. Spectra fabric... hmmmm...
I dunno, Spectra, from which the Ursack Minor is made, CAN be cut (with shears) and rodent teeth are extremely sharp (and usually cut with a shearing motion of tooth against tooth). For anoth...

In GEAR » Ursack minor?
February 05, 12:30pm

30" Lightnings
I own 30" Lightning Ascents B/C, as a backcountry skier, I know that snowshoes do not give the flotatioin of skis. And 30" 'shoes are not enough longer that they will cause any manuve...

In Winter Hiking » Lightning Ascent Help
February 04, 4:06pm

You can buy some "fatwood" which ia a kind ov pine wood that has a VERY high amount of flammable resin naturally inside teh wood. I think this would be good tinder and still pass the TSA ...

In GEAR » air travel with a backpacker stove
February 04, 4:01pm

Tarps & me
Nick, I'm sure your Spinn Twinn 8'X10" tarp works great. I had a urethane coated 8"X10" tarp for a few years before I could afford a tent. While I never got wet I did get ...

In GEAR » GG The One - Photos?
February 03, 10:20pm

Another Scarp 2 advantage
Ben has laid out the rationale for the weather for using tents with mesh inner tents or ripstop fabric inner tents. The TT Scarp 2 has the option of EITHER a mesh or ripstop inner tent. When ...

In GEAR » 2 Person Lightweight double wall tent
February 03, 10:07pm

AArrggghh! MSR Lightnings breaking REGULARLY??? Say it ain't so! Hopefully MSR has fixed this problem by now with better materials. And bindings breaking regularly?! I bought a Lightning ...

In Winter Hiking » Northern Lites Tundra vs. Northern Lites Backcountry 30''
February 03, 3:36pm

Brunton remote canister WINTERIZED adaptation
Roger, Yes, your article was the one I was thinking about. I should have been more specific and referred to it. Your heat sink strip/clamp and flow reduction rod are the heart of this adaptat...

In Winter Hiking » MSR windpro in the snow
February 03, 3:30pm

I second the idea of an Osprey EXOS. Weight should be carried on your HIPS, and merely balanced on your shoulders. For that you absolutely need a light internal frame. The "rationale&q...

In GEAR » UL Pack Selection Help
February 03, 3:06pm

TarpTent SCARP 2
I too would recommend a close look at the excellent TarpTent Scarp 2. High quality and lots of features, like 2 vestibules. I've owned two of TT's tents and found them to be well designe...

In GEAR » 2 Person Lightweight double wall tent
February 03, 2:54pm

TT Moment
May I suggest a TarpTent solo tent? My Moment has lots of headroom. AND it has good vestibule room, plus great, adjustable ventilation and a nice, wind worthy design that I've tested in hig...

In GEAR » GG The One - Photos?
February 03, 2:49pm

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