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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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Nemo v.s. Moment
I have a TT Moment and it appears, at 28 oz. to weigh about the same as the Meta 1 person. Not to rain on yer parade but it looks like the Moment may be faster to set up and have more interior ...

In GEAR » Nemo Meta 1P
April 25, 11:44pm

DR alternative
Tarptent has a liner for the DR central section. That may help with heat retention. It will certainly help with condensation. For a minimal cost FOUR season setup you can get the Scarp 1 with b...

In GEAR » Tarptent Scarp 1 vs Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 warmth
April 25, 9:39pm

D Rings...
When a bear DOES drag my bearcan around by the D rings I'll remove them - not until.

In GEAR » New pack and bear can
April 25, 9:26pm

I owned an Optimus Nova as my 1st remote fuel can stove (SVEA 123 before that). I bought the Nova to use with my Backer's Pantry fiberglass stove setup but it WOULD NOT simmer low enough to ...

In GEAR » stoves that take unleaded gas
April 25, 5:26pm

Tropical Shelter
It looks like ther ALPENLITE GEAR Bug Shelter and a 10' wide tarp would be a great TROPICAL SHELTER, permitting breezes plus great rain protection and a place to cook in the rain. I'd tr...

In GEAR » Alpinlite Gear Bug Tent
April 25, 5:20pm

External bearcan packing
I have a black Garcia bearcan. 1. To strap it on the outside of my pack I bought 4 plastic (tough polymer) D rings. 2. Then I split some Gorilla tape lengthwise, just wide enough to fit insi...

In GEAR » New pack and bear can
April 25, 5:11pm

a compromise
I just bought a pair of Merrill Moab GTX boots from REI. I had to have REI special order them from Merrill because I wanted a wide size. My feet tend to spread after two days on the trail. even wit...

In GEAR » Shoes/Boots for 2mo Summer Hiking in Iceland
April 25, 12:09pm

I agree with Bob. Some of the better new aluminum pots like Evernew have a thin ceramic interior coating for even better protection.

In GEAR » HAA/Halulite w/ wood stove?
April 25, 1:40am

NOT silk
Silk will hold water just like cotton. Once wet it's very difficult to dry and only easier to dry than cotton due to its thinness.

In GEAR » Sleeping Bag Liners
April 25, 1:36am

Moment moments
Mark, I really prefer the Moment for it's greater wind stability and even faster pitching. I gave up a bit of interior space for that and the much more useable headroom. It WOULD be nice it ...

In GEAR » just got my new contrail!
April 24, 3:02pm

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