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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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Darn Tough sox?
Just bought another pair of Thorlo Hiker sox at REI tonight. They wear very well. Are Darn Tough sox better?

In GEAR » Which Darn Tough sock do you use with your trail shoes?
December 07, 9:01pm

EMS quality
Don't know about their bags but my wife and I have ecxellent EMS GTX parkas. Mine has seen 12 years of hard use and still works and looks great. Also my EMS 300 weight Polartec pile jacket ...

In GEAR » EMS sleeping bag quality
December 07, 1:07am

Dark Star
I own a similar synthetic bag, the old Mt'n. Hardwear -20 Polarguard bag snd it IS good to -20 but heavy as a boat anchor and won't stuff down worth a d@mn. So I'll bet the TNF Dark ...

In GEAR » -40 Degrees Sleeping Bag - Synthetic
December 07, 12:59am

Shoe Goo
I've coated my Taslan shoelace strap with Shoe Goo to keep it from absorbing water & icing up. This also helps the lace wear better. But rubberized nylon straps ae still the best. Trou...

In GEAR » Gaiter Strap
December 07, 12:56am

Winter Sleeping SYSTEM
Hendrik, As I see it there are 3 main options for winter sleeping bag SYSTEMS. Some are more flexible than others. 1. One Big Bag for coldest expected temps> (plus appropriate thickness lo...

In GEAR » Sleeping system & clothing in winter
December 06, 4:00pm

In No particular Order
My Dirty Dozen 1. duct tape 2. small tool kit 3. headlamp, flares & emergency strobe light 4. electric air pump 5. spare exterior bulbs 6. AAA card, credit cards, Motel 6 card(Love chea...

In GEAR » the best emergency gear for your car?
December 06, 3:36pm

Best & Worst
BEST: TarpTent MOMENT solo tent. Fantastic in sustained high winds, easy to set up, headroom where it should be, great quality and excellent design. WORST: Neo-Air regular mattress. Too long to ...

In GEAR » Your best gear of 2009
December 06, 3:25pm

Naaaa!
I own 30" Atlas 'shoes and last year in the last hour of my Avy 1 course I slid over 50' down a steep sidehill I was traversing with them and re-injured my shoulder. A month ago I p...

In GEAR » Differences between msr lightning & lightning ascents
December 05, 4:53pm

Snugpak
Check out Snugpak's website for very good synthetic bags. They're British and sell to NATO force nations as well as making civilian stuff.

In GEAR » Need lightweight synthetic bag
December 04, 1:26pm

COSTCO
Check COSTCO's "Alaskan Charlie's" 30" snowshoe KIT. Very sturdy 'shoes. (great snowshoes, poles and a carry bag for $79.) Got a pair for my son-in-law for Christmas. I ...

In Winter Hiking » Beginner Snow Shoes
December 03, 2:58pm

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