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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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eVent lust
Derek, The Integral Designs eVent jacket/parka I like the best is the Thru Hiker. Normally I take a large but I'd get it in size extra large fot the length & ability to fit better over i...

In GEAR » lightest eVent Jacket
April 23, 11:50am

HOODED windshirts?
If I'm going to carry ANYTHING hooded it will be my Cabela's PacLite GTX rain parka if it's realy that windy and cool. A light Gore-Tex parka always worked fine in the past. Guess ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Arc'Teryx Squamish WindShell Review
April 12, 5:57am

Roger, I agree, Hilleberg tents may be the world's best but Black Diamond and The North Face expedition tents are well tested and fare very well in extreme conditions. Remember, The North Fa...

In GEAR » Shelter: Himalayan Trekking
April 11, 10:21pm

Pot grippers
Ya gotta use aluminum "skeletonized" pot grippers. Eric

In GEAR » Caldera Cone and Hot Handles
April 11, 5:25pm

The reason the French-made Opinel failed is that it is nowhere near the quality of say, the Finnish Mora or even other wooden handled Finnish knives. But why buy foreign knives? America is in th...

In GEAR » A serious lightweight blade
April 11, 5:21pm

Alex, I searched Camelback's site for your Kronos pack and couldn't find it. True, Camelback does make full sized backpacks for extended trips. If your Kronos IS that large just put your...

In GEAR » how do i pack my hiking pack and attatch my Military surplus sleeping bag
April 11, 12:52am

"Prima____" means my 1st generation PrimaLoft sleeping bag by Caribou Mountaineering (remember them?)is now merely a "Prima" bag, having lost its "loft" after just two...

In GEAR » Primaloft Durability
April 11, 12:39am

Blister 1st Aid
For draining blisters you need a medium diameter sewing needle, NOT clippers or a knife. STEP 1> Insert the needle into the skin JUST BEYOND the edge of the blister but angling up into the b...

In GEAR » Light nail clippers?
April 10, 10:16pm

The first time your tent floor freezes to the ground you'll wish you had the footprint. Better to sacrifice it than the tent floor. Tent floors freze to the ground by your body/tent heat mel...

In Winter Hiking » Winter tent footprints question.
April 08, 1:07am

Yeah, well...
...when trails .com finds a way to link it to my Garmin Colorado 400t GPS & lay down trails in my unit THEN I'll pay $50. for the fee. 'Til then I'm not very interested. Eric

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trails.com experience?
April 08, 1:02am

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