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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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I carry a Steripen Adventurer and Katadyn chlorine dioxide tabs as a backup in case the Steripen decides to quit. I also use the tabs in my hydration bag every few days to keep mouth bacteria from ...

In GEAR » Steripen for Foreign Travel?
October 04, 8:02pm

How waterproof is the spinnaker fabric? What's the waterproofing, silicon? eric

October 04, 7:59pm

For years I've used Gore-Tex or high denier nylon windshells with Polartec pile garments. Works great if one doesn't need to count ounces/grams. Well made pile seemingly lasts forever. T...

In Editor's Roundtable » Pertex/Pile History and Products
October 01, 2:01am

Dome vs. Tunnel
Great story Roger. And good photos to give us the flavor of the environment. Like all good backpackers you corrected your equipmant problems upon your return. These upgrades and repares ARE a sa...

In Editor's Roundtable » When Things Go Wrong
September 29, 3:08pm

I'd say try it on a SHORT trip where bailout to your vehicle is easy and fast. If it works, it works. If not you've only been miserable for one night. In the /70s I used a cheap polyeste...

In GEAR » winter sleep system
September 26, 1:44pm

To answer your question...
To answer your question: I have found that medium weight painting drop cloth plastic sheeting is about the most puncture resistant lightweight material available - and it's CHEAP. Eric

In GEAR » Groundsheet puncture resistance
September 22, 10:09pm

REI packs - more info
Great that BPL featured the REI Flash packs. As with their other packs REI has continued to show design innovation and quality for an excellent price. For week long, 3 season backpacking trips I...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Backpacks 2008: Current Favorites and New Introductions (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
September 22, 10:04pm

MSR Groundhogs
I now use MSR Groundhogs exclusively. Their Y shape helps them nest well and they are VERY stout and not too 'spensive. I have bent just one into a slight curve by whaling away on it with a ...

In GEAR » Bombproof stakes
September 13, 12:59am

I'd thing Tyvek would be a bulkier tent when packed than silnylon. Eric

In GEAR » Tyvek v Silinylon
September 11, 12:38am

Wet weather & Winter bivy
I'd look long and hard at the eVent bivy by Integral Designs. Bivy's, even GTX ones, can get a lot of condensation inside them. Eric

In GEAR » Bivy Q's
September 09, 10:31pm

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