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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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OR, you could...
...take the lightest standard Thermarest Prolite pad. Works for me. :)

In GEAR » Which Sleeping Pad for JMT
March 29, 9:27pm

The Moment in wind
I first used my Moment at Colorado's Arapaho Pass in October of 2009. I camped at 11,300 ft in 35 -45 mph gusting all night winds. The Moment was solid and did not flap at all. It was bree...

In GEAR » Rainbow or Moment?
March 29, 1:24am

Go ahead Don
Don, your idea of 1/4" pine dowels of a standard length is good AND this testing needs to be done. Wet wood has WAY too many variables to do a good, repeatable test. So dry wood in a no-win...

March 27, 9:51pm

I solved the potential problem by coating the top 1/2 of my TT Moment with a 5:1 (by volume) ratio of ODORLESS mineral spirits to GE Silicon II caulk. I put it in a very clean plastic peanut butter...

In GEAR » Sil-nylon Misting
March 27, 9:47pm

Hmmm... tarps...
Those of you posting tarp photos PLEASE include photos of your mosquito netting and ground cloth AND/OR bivy sack - just to be totally honest. (And don't say you never, or seldom, carry th...

In GEAR » photos of your packed tent / tarp ?
March 27, 9:33pm

Hendrik, I have had an MSR Dragonfly for years and never had a problem with the pump. It is high strength, fiberglass reinforced polymer, The Dragonfly will simmer FAR lower than any other ...

In GEAR » Help me choose a new stove. (MSR XGK EX vs Primus Omnifuel)
March 25, 11:15am

Suspicions Confirmed
Thanks for the input. I was suspicious about how Down Proof could do its job and STILL let the plumules loft back to their original size. You're correct about treatment. I have used Revivex ...

In GEAR » NIK WAX Down Proof
March 23, 11:59pm

Pack covers - a necessary evil
I use a pack cover for the following reasons: 1. cover exterior pockets 2. protect the pack in brushy areas 3. cover the pack loosely if I need to have it out while setting up my tent, fo...

In GEAR » Do I really need a pack cover?
March 23, 10:54pm

Long sleeves
A rain parka with sleeves that are a bit "too long" are really not too long when you reach out. At that time they are just right. That and the extra butt coverage is why I ordered my...

In GEAR » ID eVENT Jacket Sizing
March 23, 10:42pm

NIK WAX Down Proof
Has anyone used NIK WAX "Down Proof" wash-in waterproofing on their down bag? I'm interested in using it on my WM Megalite. It appears that it can help make the down itself much mo...

In GEAR » NIK WAX Down Proof
March 22, 9:43pm

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