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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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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

I like my ThorLo Hikers. I have four pair and use them almost exclusively for hiking and backpacking. When backpacking I use them with thin polypro sock liners. AND, they're made in USA! ...

In GEAR » What socks do you prefer?
May 09, 1:02am

Colorado "old hat"??
I own a Colorado 300 W/ a Scan Ultra II(gold contacts) Disk 4 GB card. For some reason I can load only from the west coast to the Mississippi for the continental U.S maps even though the card has a...

In Editor's Roundtable » Garmin Oregon 500t Promises Hi-Res Topo Mapping Display, Touchscreen, and Integrated 3.2MP Camera
May 08, 8:00pm

Fleece vest
I use a 200 weight fleece vest for cool summer nights. It Could help if I wore it at night when the temps dipped into the 20s and my 30F WM Megalite got chilly. If I'm in the Rockies or Sie...

In GEAR » How do vests fit into your 3 season layering system
May 08, 3:01pm

5.11 pants
The company 5.11 (yeah, that's the name) makes a "tactical" pant for law enforcement that is perfect for hiking and scrambling. It comes in cotton "canvas" or nylon "ca...

In GEAR » I need a couple new pairs of Pants for this Spring & Summer...
May 08, 2:48pm

Great Idea!
Jorgen, That's very light but efficient. It would be nice to be able to have some shock-corded sectional aluminum poles to haul the Rulk with instead of just rope. Crossing the poles is the ...

In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG: The Incredible Rulk - Rucksack and Pulk Combo
May 06, 11:21pm

I OWN A NEO_AIR and...
I think the answer to the "narrowness" and "edge softness" problems can easily be solved with a narrow VERTICAL tube running down each side. But this may cause much more difficu...

In Editor's Roundtable » Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Sleeping Pad Review
May 06, 9:59pm

"ADVANCED" water treatment
Barbara, I carry two modes of treatment: 1. Steripen Adventurer > W/ small funnel & small 1 cup coffee filters. This is for my bike bottle when I need water to drink right away. 2....

In GEAR » water treatment
May 05, 11:01pm

TarpTent Scarp 2 update
I got a note from Henry Shires (owner of T.T.) that he is now making the new Scarp 2 with three pole attatchments "per side per pole" for the crossing poles. This will spread out snow lo...

In GEAR » TarpTent Scarp 2 update
May 05, 9:49pm

What Ashley said...
Ashley Brown gives good acvice. I live in Las Vegas (Henderson, actually) and use the following: SLEEPING BAG> W.M Megalite, makes a great quilt when unzipped in warmer weather. Zipped it wil...

In GEAR » Looking for UL Tent and Bag for 3 season use in Utah
May 05, 1:29pm

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