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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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winter CAMPING boots
OK, this thread may well belong in the Winter Camping forum but I'm putting it here B/C some folks need to think seriously about this topic. Winter boots are (usually ) insulated boots. Ther...

In GEAR » winter CAMPING boots
November 25, 11:42pm

Same amount of down...
A vest W/the SAME ounces of down as a jacket would be adequate IF you wore it under a shell like, say an eVent parka, etc. The body motion inside the shell would pump warm air to your arms anyway. ...

In GEAR » Vest vs Jacket
November 25, 10:59pm

My WM Megalite
I've use my WM Megalite as a summer quilt and never slept better. But cut it up??? NEVER! I have fond memories of it keeping me warm this summer in the southern Sierra Nevada at 25 F. (Yeah, th...

In GEAR » WM Caribou
November 25, 10:50pm

ID Thru Hiker
I now own a Cabela's Rainy River PackLite GTX parka (& pants) and it's an OK suit but doesn't breath well enough for active work, as we all know. BUT... My next rain parka will ...

In GEAR » Rain shell opinions need
November 25, 10:46pm

I agree with Dale on the Gerber LST. I've caried mine on many trips and never needed anything more.

In GEAR » knife/multitool
November 25, 5:50pm

I'd be willing to say that overfilling garments by maybe 10% - 15% would be a good idea as garments tend to get constantly moderately compressed in certain areas like shoulders and arms. "...

In GEAR » Insulation efficiency of different down densities?
November 25, 5:45pm

Gerber Switchblade
In my Ski Patrol fanny pack I carry a Gerber Switchblade folding lockblade saw. It's PROPOSED 1st aid use is to saw off a branch upon which an unlucky skier may be impailed!! Hope that never co...

In GEAR » ultralight wood cutting / chopping / splitting solutions?
November 25, 5:34pm

A teensy bit over...
My Megalite was a teensy bit (1.3 oz. over weight but that could be extra fabric as well as extra down. But that bag has kept me warm on 28 & 25 F. nights in the Sierra Nevada this summer B...

In GEAR » WM Megalite/Summerlite Weight Over Spec?
November 25, 4:41pm

Mike, Nice photos but... I'm a confirmed tenter in winter. I just like a tent's snugness in a storm or wind, not to mention the 10 F. warmer double wall tent will be. I do like your &...

In Winter Hiking » My Snow Camping 101 pictorial
November 23, 11:10pm

"Suspicions Confirmed"
I had THE 1st Neo Air in 'Vegas and discovered it a bit cool on a 30 F. night. But its bouncines and overnight cold air "shrinkage" (hee, hee) led me to return it and resume using my ...

In GEAR » Neoair (lowest temp)
November 23, 10:49pm

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