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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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If I bought the new SPOT then I'd be carrying: 1.Garmin Colorado GPS 2.Panasonic LUMIX digital camera 3.SteriPen Adventurer 4.Ion single LED coin battery headlamp 5.SPOT personal locator...

In GEAR » New SPOT Satellite Messenger this fall
July 21, 11:09pm

I own a TT Contrail and have used it in the rain several times with no condensation problems due, I feel, to its excellent 360 ventilation. HOWSOMEVER, if I was starting all over today I'd g...

In GEAR » What type of single shelter??....
July 21, 10:57pm

The Scarp 2, having the options of either a netting inner tent or a ripstop inner has more seasonal versatity. For my purposes (winter camping) I'll get the ripstop inner tent and maybe add sna...

In GEAR » Tarptent vs MSR
July 21, 10:37pm

Doug, My list of complaints against conventional wedge tent designs seem to me to be still valid. 1.The Nemo WILL permit rain to enter the tent upon opening the door. 2. 2 crossing poles ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Nemo Nano Elite Tent Review
July 19, 7:12pm

Try THIS...
Cabela's Rainy River PacLite GTX parka, size Large, Tall weighs 15 oz. and costs $90. Absolutly the best bargain in waterproof/breathable light parkas out there. Great quality, many sizes an...

In GEAR » Looking for lightweight rain jacket
July 15, 10:06pm

"Frameless packs"
"Frameless Pack" is, IMHO, an oxymoron. Framless Lump would be a better term. Eric

In GEAR » Frameless packs and rolled foam
July 15, 10:01pm

Standard plastic camping cup
Look, ya gotta drink coffee, tea or hot chocolate outa sumthin', sumthin' that WON'T burn yer lips in the process. Right? Well virtually every store that sells some kind of camping ...

In GEAR » How do you measure water?
July 15, 9:58pm

High Altitude Lighters???
I read in the Reader's Reviews that Brunton and other butane lighters just will not work above 10,000 ft. BOY! I'm glad I happened on this review thread. I'm climbing Mt. Charleston...

In GEAR » High Altitude Lighters???
July 08, 1:20pm

An Alternative Pack...
I recommend the REI UL Cruise as an excellent, lower cost alternative choice to this Six Moons pack. The REI pack has loads of good features that equal and exceed the Six Moons design. Eric

In Editor's Roundtable » Six Moon Designs 2007 Comet Backpack REVIEW
July 08, 1:12pm

Yet another iteration of the wedge tent, a design I once owned when Jansport was the 1st to put it on the market. My tent was terrible in side winds when it flopped all over. In rainy or snowy w...

In Editor's Roundtable » Nemo Nano Elite Tent Review
July 08, 1:00pm

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