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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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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

Unfortunately, no!
But there was a 54 year old total Dufus backpacking with our group going to Olancha Peak in the Sierra Nevada last summer that I only wish would have suffocated in his bag. The idiot got LOST B/C h...

In GEAR » Can you suffocate in a sleeping bag?
November 23, 10:45pm

"Light" skins
I dunno about light but I like my G3 skins and I believe Black Diamond now makes a "light(er)" pair of skins. Actually "light skins" seems to me to be an oxymoron but then every...

In GEAR » Lightest BC ski skins
November 23, 10:36pm

Bike pants
You would be well served to add another layer the length of bicycle pants to protect not only yer butt but but the femoral arteries in the inside of your thighs. A lot of leg heat is lost there. E...

In Winter Hiking » Insulated pants: Down vs Synthetic
November 18, 9:23pm

Ye pantywaists! I carries me Dana Terraplane at a mere 7lbs. 6 oz. when winter camping. It is comfortable as long as I leave a few non-essentials at home like me sleepin' bag and stove. Aaarrrr!

In GEAR » Winter Backpack Recommendations
November 18, 9:19pm

POSSUM DOWN durability
I've read of others who had durability problems with Possum down gloves. In light of that I'll stick to fleece or the heavier pile gloves as liners. Been doin' it for years. Winter ...

In GEAR » Possumdown?
November 17, 12:19am

Roger, Seems just the opposite is happening here in the 'States. Many retailers are having constant sales and "unnanounced" markdowns. Guess Oz retailers need to get real or they&#...

In GEAR » The outdoor industry and the recession.
November 17, 12:15am

As a sea kayaker who has kayaked in winter I can say unequivocaly: you MUST have a dry suit W/ thick fleece insulation under it. Plus a thick neoprene diver's balaclava for your head, thick neo...

In GEAR » Recommendations for winter shoe options for canoeing
November 15, 10:54pm

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