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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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Great chart but...
...(there's always a but on this forum) But I'd say the ever-present windshirt may be needed when there's no wind but a lot of radiation. After seeing two friends die agonizing deat...

In GEAR » The best clothing combinations for backpacking or hiking?
April 19, 10:14pm

Eeeewww!, how uncivilised...
Using sand to clean a pot! What are we? Pioneers? Mountain men? Au contraire mon ami, Sacre Bleu! I use biodegradable "Camp Suds" and water with a Scotch Brite scouring pad, mainly...

In GEAR » Esbit Stove: What do you use to clean your pot?
April 19, 9:57pm

Although I like my 2008 REI Cruise UL 60 pack I think the Osprey Atmos and similar Osprey packs are probably state-of-the-art in lightweight backpacks today. Do NOT get a frameless pack that rel...

In GEAR » What BP to get...
April 19, 1:15pm

I own a Cabela's Rainy River suit of Paclite Gore-Tex. The pants have side 12" zips at the cuffs and a left zipped hip pocket that doubles as a stuff sack. For the price, quality, rang...

In GEAR » rain pant suggestions
April 19, 1:09pm

I really like the Brunton Flex. It is 3.4 oz (only .7 oz. heaver than my Vargo Jet-Ti) and folds very compactly. Pros: burner (yes, the burner) folds flat burner diameter is large, giving more...

In GEAR » Canister Stoves
April 19, 1:06pm

WM Megalite...
I dunno about Montbell bags but my WM Megalite is just great, either as a mummy or a quilt when zipped open and the foot is hooked over the end of my full length Thermarest Lite or Neo-Air regular....

In GEAR » WM megalite or Montbell U.L SS #3
April 19, 1:08am

Basic human physiology!!
What Roger Caffin said. Absolutly. Seems "new" research implies human physiology has suddenly changed. Uh huh... Neck and head veins do NOT vaso-constrict when exposed to cold, as do t...

In Winter Hiking » Myths - Hats and the Cold
February 17, 10:42am

Most of my winter camping has been done in the east where X'd sticks worked fine. Out west, where I now live, I'm carrying 3 SMC snow stakes and 4 old stuff sacks. Sometimes a snow stake i...

In Winter Hiking » Winter tent stakes
February 17, 10:28am

More info needed
Where do you plan to backpack? What are the lowest temps/wind chills you can expect there? Have you tested cooking in your tent? (ventilation, etc.) Eric

In Winter Hiking » My Winter Gear ( list)
February 17, 10:17am

LW women??
Mate, what's an "LW" woman? BTW, inflatable women don't count as they don't ski. Eric

In Winter Hiking » Avalanche Gear - most reliable and lightest
February 17, 10:13am

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