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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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Interesting...
Franco, That's pretty much how I've always stowed the end poles on my Contrail. Fold 'em inward along with the rest of the tent and roll it up. Eric

In GEAR » Storing the TT Scarp
May 19, 7:51pm

PETZL? HA!
Forget PETZL. Get a good headlamp in a regulated Princeton Tec or a smaller, unregulated PT headlamp. Hell's bells, PETZL can't even handle lithium batteries without burning up. Eric

In GEAR » Petzl e+ Switch Failure
May 18, 10:22pm

WHATTTTT???
Who in their right mind would hike a 30 mile day, even on the flats? Good Lord! Where is the perspective in enjoying backpacking and actually SEEING nature, not watching the tread so you don'...

In Editor's Roundtable » Train Yourself to Hike a 30-Mile Day
May 18, 10:19pm

New winter tent option?
Now that TarpTent is making double wall tents I really am looking closely at the Scarp 1 and Scarp 2 WITH CF crossing poles and the ripstop inner tent for winter use. Plus I like the Scarp 2'...

In Winter Hiking » New winter tent option?
May 18, 12:49am

Snow stake too
Like Franco I use a snow stake as well. It's a rugged SMC brand stake that I had to hammer to get the tip a bit flatter for digging. Works well as a front guyline stake in soggy soil if rain or...

In Multiple Use Gear » Great idea for lightweight trowel
May 18, 12:35am

Osprey Exos
I own an '08 REI Cruise Ul 60 and like it a lot BUT... If I were buying a new lightweight pack today I'd get the new Osprey Exos. If need be you can buy REI spare side pockets (they come...

In GEAR » Looking for a new pack
May 17, 1:38pm

TarpTent
I recommend looking at TarpTent's products. My Contrail is very light and very roomy with 360 deg. ventilation but still totally bug proof. And it goes up fast! Eric

In GEAR » What solo shelter
May 13, 12:20am

Wal-Mart Eddie Bauer poles
I bought a pair of copper colored anodized Eddie Bauer twist locking poles for my wife at Wal-Mart. The handles are nicely ergonomically angled and covered with a cork compound and the tips are car...

In GEAR » Outdoor Products trekking poles at Walmart
May 11, 1:56pm

Absolution granted...
Ah there, now don't we all fell a wee bit closer to the Trail Gods for havin' confessed of our little sins? Of course we do. The spirit is willin' but the flesh is weak and must be give...

In GEAR » Little weight "sins"
May 11, 1:32pm

Little weight "sins"
I make small weight "sins" when deciding on items I purchase. For example, I do have a Vargo Jet-Ti canister-top stove but I just bought a 0.7 oz. heavier Brunton Flex burner. Why? Bec...

In GEAR » Little weight "sins"
May 10, 10:19pm

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