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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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Double layer nylon ski pants
I use an old pair of double layer nylon ski pants but my GTX PacLite rain pants would be about as breathable and lighter. Plus, if it's going to be very wet falling snow I'd go for the GTX ...

In GEAR » winter pants?
September 21, 11:22pm

Ya Got Tent Condensation??
Is that yer problem Bucky? Well, get a Sham WOW! towel and yer problems are over. Watch this - two wipes on the inside of this tent and the condensation's vanished into the Sham WOW! For a limi...

In GEAR » Tent Condensation
September 21, 1:31am

I've used a Vargo Triad XE base and ESBIT tablets on winter day hikes for hot soup. It beats cold sandwiches. I can easily see taking the smallest canister and my Vargo Jet-Ti burner also. ...

In GEAR » Your day hike stove choice?
September 21, 1:24am

TT Contrail
From using it I can say the TarpTent Contrail has plenty of room for an adult and up to an 8 year old child. Get something with a floor space closely matching the floor space of the Contrail and y...

In GEAR » low cost, ultralight tent for dad and toddler
September 20, 2:18pm

U.S Military bag layering
The current U.S military Polarguard filled sleeping bags use the inner/outer, summer/fall bag system. I'm sure the Nautick military testing center has a lot of data to support the system's ...

In GEAR » Layering sleeping bags
September 20, 2:12pm

Jason, I know you're a very experienced backpacker and I respect that. Howsomever... I don't think you may be aware of the constant problems PETZL headlamps have had with the circuitry b...

In GEAR » Petzl Tikka 2
September 20, 2:00pm

"Perfect Combo"
For me the "perfect" combo of warmth, wind resistance and versatility is a 300 wt. Polartec pile jacket with an eVent parka and a 200 wt. Polartec vest. This combo should get you through ...

In GEAR » Perfect Fleece???
September 20, 1:02am

Verrrry Interesting...
I have a Mountain Hardware -20 F. bag of Polarguard Delta fill. Should I ever need to go below that temp. rating (God forbid!) the MH bag has a gore zipper above and parallel to the main zipper tha...

In GEAR » Layering sleeping bags
September 20, 12:46am

Excellent Video
Thanks Hendrik, now I understand much better how the new combination works. Here in the mountains of the American west it's often very dry and wood fires are usually forbidden in summer so I us...

In GEAR » New Inferno stove from Trail Designs!
September 18, 7:29pm

TarpTent ships their stakes in silnylon bags. Eric

In GEAR » Silnylon Stake bags?
September 18, 7:15pm

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