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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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PSYCHO-LITE... again
Craig, Your outfit, with tarp, seems safe but barely "OK" when it comes to "pack comfort" or "comfort food". My REI Cruse UL 60 is the lower limit I'll go on pa...

In GEAR » Backpacking Weight Ranks
August 20, 3:51pm

SUL and lower is in the realm of "Psycho-Lite". Maybe in 10 years, with new wonder materials and forms of energy for electrical devices and stoves we can say SUL is not only safe but comf...

In GEAR » Backpacking Weight Ranks
August 18, 7:30pm

Read my new "summer" post
I have a WM Megalite bag. I got that model because its larger girth makes it more versatile. If I wanted to stay light in colder weather than the 30 F. the bag was designed for I would go the "...

In GEAR » 20 degree bag vs. 30 degree bag for 3 season use
August 16, 6:04pm

25 F. and warm
The WM Megalite kept me warm at 25 F. with my T-shirt, long- sleeved shirt, hiking socks & REI Sahara pants on. All clothes were thin synthetic material but managed to do the job. Long johns wo...

In GEAR » "Summer" gear in the high Sierras
August 16, 5:27pm

"Summer" gear in the high Sierras
On a PCT backpack last week from Kennedy Meadows north to Olancha Peak our group camped at the PCT footbridge over the South Fork of the Kern River at 8,000 ft. On the way in it was 28 F. at ...

In GEAR » "Summer" gear in the high Sierras
August 16, 3:22pm

I have a Brunton FLEX stove (almost the same as a Crux) and found it works fine W/ all brands of butane with Lindal valves. Eric

In GEAR » SP Gigapower stove & fuel from other manufacturer
August 10, 12:48am

Pack last
Conventional wisdom says get your pack last, then you'll know if it will hold your other gear. And as for a shelter I think the TarpTent Moment is just about the best solo shelter going, unl...

In GEAR » Upgrading 1 of the "Big 3"
August 08, 9:50pm

"Buyer's Remorse"
Yeah, I came to 'Vegas in '04 with my "standard" backpacking kit that I'd used for many years all over the east. Then, like you, I found BPL and other UL sites and had "B...

In Gear Lists » Sierra layer advice
August 08, 12:49am

I own a Contrail and like it a lot BUT I'm selling it and getting a Moment as soon as Henry puts it on the market. The MOMENT is SO much more aerodynamic and looks even easier to pitch than...

In Gear Lists » Tarptent Contrail Vs. Tarptent Rainbow
August 08, 12:30am

TWO fuel tabs at a time
I have used my Vargo Triad EX alky/ESBIT stove base with TWO tablets at at time for faster cooking. I usually have 1/3 of my two tabs left so for breakfast boiling I just need to add one more tab. ...

In GEAR » Esbit Stove Capabilities
August 08, 12:21am

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