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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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New Canon
I see that now there is the HFS 200 which permits simultaneous motion and still photography. It all makes my old, once state-of-the-art Canon Hi 8 videotape camcorder seem very obsolete. Now...

In GEAR » recommend a camcorder?
April 24, 1:45pm

Pitching the Contrail
Chris, I sold my Contrail for a Moment but when I did have it I began to prefer pitching it with 2 hiking poles in an "A" shape for their greater strength and more even tensioning on t...

In GEAR » just got my new contrail!
April 24, 1:01am

MSR Groundhogs
I carry only MSR Groundhogs B/C I've found they are VERY tough (i.e. I can pound on them with a rock) and they hold well in soft and sandy soil. Plus they are light enough for me.

In GEAR » Titanium Tent Stakes
April 24, 12:58am

More Options
Look at these: 1. REI Sahara shirt (& pants)of polyester 2. Colombia Titanium poly shirt 3. Cabela's Guidewear Polyester shirts (collar becomes turrn-up neck shade) All...

In GEAR » Coolest Long Sleeve?
April 23, 5:37pm

I prefer boots, at least over-the-ankle shoes, so that may make them boots. Presently I'm wearing Merrill's Moab Mid GTX boots. I like to keep debris out and don't want the hassle of...

In GEAR » trailrunners, boots
April 23, 12:48pm

Micropur tabs v.s. Aqua Mira tabs
Ben, I read over a year ago that the Aqua Mira tabs were 1/2 the strength of Micropur. Maybe they've changed that.

In GEAR » Aquamira LIQUID drops vs. Aquamira TABLETS
April 23, 12:41pm

Parents of Sublite Sil...
Looks like its parents were Contrail and Moment... :) What a beautiful baby Henry!

In GEAR » 2010 Sublite Sil ???
April 22, 2:20pm

Neither of the Aqua Mira...
Get Katadyn Micropur tablets. They are the choice of the U.S. military for their potency.

In GEAR » Aquamira LIQUID drops vs. Aquamira TABLETS
April 22, 1:25pm

Ground cloths
My ground cloth is a gossamer 1.5 mil piece of very light plastic that extends only 2/3 of the way in from the door, where the most "traffic" is. It protects the floor of my Moment enough...

In GEAR » Stability, durability of 2-wall tents
April 20, 10:06pm

I chose the MEGALITE because: 1. larger girth makes a better quilt in hot weather 2. larger girth permits enough room for wearing insulated clothing (synthetic or down jacket & pants) to ...

In GEAR » Summerlite or Megalite?
April 20, 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