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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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Either Black diamond or (my favorite) G3 skins. G3 makes the longest skins and I got them to fit my 210 cm. Asnes Combi Combat Norwegian army skis. NOW I have grip! I'd recommend trim cuttin...

In Winter Hiking » Skins for Rossi BC 70 skis
November 22, 7:47pm

Maybe adding a backing of 1" webbing would do the trick if the current strip is not stiff enough. Insulating it would probabluy not help much but you could use tubular webbing if you like, for...

In GEAR » insulating zipper flap on my jacket
November 21, 3:06pm

Bear Grylls catalolg?
Anybody get the new Bear Grylls/Craghoppers catalog? His famous CH pants are there and a lot of other stuff. BUT, down garments are listed as having 10% feather" content. What's with that?...

In GEAR » Bear Grylls catalolg!
November 21, 2:59pm

I own both Atlas 30" 'shoes and MSR Lightning Ascent 30" 'shoes. I much prefer the lateral stability of the MSR 'shoes.

In GEAR » Atlas Snowshoes?
November 20, 8:32pm

Good YouTube video
Eric, if you GOOGLE "MLD trailstar" you'll see a YouTube video of the MLD pyramid in the wind. Since I've experienced high winds (constant 35-45 mph) in my TT Moment in the Ind...

In GEAR » 'Mid vs TT Moment in psycho winds
November 14, 9:54pm

Ross, You said "...I've found that Gore-Tex liners are usless." Peresonally I have used boots of all kinds with Gore-tex liners and found them very good at keeping my feet dry in r...

In GEAR » Best Lightweight Waterproof Boot?
November 14, 8:04pm

Same as Mary, a zipper pull thermometer.

In GEAR » Are you guys bringing weather monitoring devices?
November 14, 7:59pm

Liner Socks
I'd recommend a synthetic liner sock like polypro, or, 2nd choice, polyester. Silk retains water similar to cotton. Plus sweat rots silk fairly quickly.

In GEAR » This is what i have so far.
November 14, 7:57pm

I recently read an article in the National Ski Patrol magazine regarding hydration. The article stated that in tests of two groups of people, one well hydrated in the AM and one who followed the...

In Winter Hiking » Need help on gear/prep.
November 12, 11:22pm

Thanks Eric, I'll be taking my Nat'l Ski Patrol Avalanche II course this winter and this site is great for reviewing most of what I learned in Avy I. Now all I need is a good avy bea...

In Winter Hiking » avalanche resource
November 12, 10:57pm

All Reader Reviews by Eric Blumensaadt

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Trail designs SideWinder
The Trail Designs Sidewinder is an "alternative" fuel stove that is a 3 fuel stove. I.e. it can burn alcohol, ESBIT tablets or wood. What's more it is highly efficient at all of these...

In Cookware - Other
June 18, 1:41am

Trail Designs SideWinder for AGG 2qt pot
My 3 cup Open Country pot is the perfect size for solo camping. It fits in the Sidewinder ti stove and using ESBIT with a modified Gram Cracker tablet holder (BGET) IMHO this is the perfect size sto...

In Stoves - Other
June 08, 2:06am

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