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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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Wait, you own a TT Moment and you want to use a TARP instead??? AAaaarrrggghhh!

In GEAR » New to Tarping- Advice needed!
March 01, 12:07am

Moment and Contrail
This comparison has been done on this and other forums but I'll doit here again. TT CONTRAIL > PROS 1. larger floor space 2. lighter by a few oz. 3. no poles to pack CONS 1. fas...

In GEAR » TT Contrail
February 28, 11:49pm

Call WM
Call WM and see if they'll overfill it for you. Mught be the cheapest way to go. The next cheapest may be to sell it and buy a new one that WM can overfill when it's being made. (But the...

In GEAR » Adding down to an old bag
February 28, 11:34pm

Good to hear
That's good to hear since I was waiting for the Scarp 2 revisions B/C I want it mainly for winter use.

In GEAR » Scarp 2 Update
February 28, 8:21pm

TT Contrail & wind
I had a Contrail for 3 years. The tent is quite "stable" in wind in terms of no excessive flapping but it WILL flap some. To tie it down properly for real wind you need to: 1. use TWO ...

In GEAR » TT Contrail
February 28, 8:17pm

No matter what the Merino wool aficiandos say, wool DOES absorb and retain moisture, even if you can't feel it. Go with a light polyester base layer. I have a nice WM Megalite bag and use li...

In GEAR » Base Layer for Sleeping
February 26, 5:47pm

HA! I was from N.W. PA
I lived in Erie, PA for 35 years and backpacked in the Allegheny Nat'l. Forest a lot. My last 3 season synthetic bag was a Caribou Mountaineering PrimaLoft bag which lost virtually ALL its loft...

In GEAR » Eastern US- synthetic sleeping bags?
February 26, 5:37pm

Crand Canyon April backpack slot
See the "Hiking partners/Trip Announcements" forum for details on getting the last open slot for a S. Nevada Group led Sierra Club Grand Canyon trip April 16 - 22. ($45.fee) Eric

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Crand Canyon April backpack slot
February 26, 5:24pm

Grand Canyon April trip opening
Our Southern Nevada Group of the Sierra Club has one space open for a GC trip on the Hermit Trail, April 16-22 (2 days are for driving to & from) The park fee is $45. I can pick up and drop ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Grand Canyon April trip opening
February 26, 5:19pm

My name is Eric...
And I'm a gearaholic. And my credit card is nearly maxed out on gear. Last purchase was a pair of MSR Lightning Ascent snowshoes (on 20% sale, of course). Before that climbing skins, before...

In GEAR » Gear Help Anonymous
February 25, 1:58pm

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