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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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DR rain porch conversion
Couldn't one make a wedge-shaped silnylon "gore" W/ matching zippers on each side (W/ zipper flap on one side of the wedge)? Open the vestibule and zip in the new "extender&q...

In GEAR » TT Double Rainbow 2010
March 04, 5:00pm

Sticker shock
Well, that's about the price (Stateside) of a Garmin Oregon 500C, which I was going to recommend. :( I have a Garmin Colorado 300 which is "OK" but has issues in some features, lik...

In GEAR » GPS Newbie
March 04, 4:53pm

Layers to get...
Jo, Buy the following layers 1. Inner Layer > polyester long johns in medium weight (maybe light weight for bottoms)Poly pro sock liners, Vapor Barier Liner (VBL) and medium socks 2. Mi...

In GEAR » Winter Clothing Question
March 04, 4:48pm

I disagree regarding the use of quilts as a sleeping bag supplement. I think the best insulating supplement to a sleeping bag is not a quilt but a jacket of down, pile or synthetic fill like Climas...

In GEAR » The Big Four for cold sleepers
March 04, 4:31pm

As a winter backpacker/pulker and former Nordic patroller (10 years) & present Alpine patroller I can say that VBL socks are REQUIRED for keeping boot liners dry. I use thin neoprene dive s...

In GEAR » Some notes on ski/snow camping
March 03, 11:17pm

...weddy, weddy interesting. When can we expect Unobtainium poles? Nano thickness miracle waterproof coatings? Ceiling fans? And that greatest of ALL 'Merican inventions, netting CUPHOLDERS...

In GEAR » TT Double Rainbow 2010
March 03, 10:53pm

Jim, The best deal on decent snowshoes is "Yukon Charlies" at COSTCO. They have an entire kit of well made 30" 'shoes, poles and carry case for about $80. That is THE best buy...

In GEAR » Snowshoes
March 02, 12:53am

As a former Peace Corps Volunteer (Philippines) I must caution you to take two excellent lightweight water purification products. Be sure to carry both Katadyn Micropur chlorine dioxide tablets...

In GEAR » Ultralight gear for international travel?
March 02, 12:43am

PacLite pants
I have a pair of Cabela's GTX PacLite rainpants. They now cost $100. which is inexpensive for PacLite. They have a 12" leg zipper and will pack into their own hip pocket. As I recall they ...

In GEAR » Light Rain Pants
March 02, 12:28am

TarpTent options
Sergiy, Take a look at the TarpTent website. These are all U.S. made and of high quality. I've owned two of them, the Contrail and my present Moment, both single wall solo tents. The Moment ...

In GEAR » Choosing a Lighter Tent
March 02, 12:22am

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