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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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What Franco Said
"Simple" ain't necessarily lighter but it IS definitely faster and more fiddle proof. 1. My previous TT Contrail tent and especially my new TT Moment tent are very fast to set up a...

In GEAR » ultra simple
October 22, 10:45pm

Cabela's catalog
I've been using the same two sets of Cabela's "Thermastat" expedition weight polyESTER long underwear for the past decade with great results. They are extremely durable (over 10 y...

In GEAR » Winter Base Layer - Wool Allergy
October 22, 10:13pm

Nice Akto feature
After camping out in my Moment this week (see my thread) I visited Neptune Mountaineering in Boulder, Co and saw the "eyebrow" stiffened semicircle of fabric the newer Aktos have at the t...

In GEAR » Scarp v.s. Akto
October 22, 10:02pm

TT Moment in high Rockies winds
Took my Moment out for it's 1st trip few days ago. I drove to Eldora, Colorado and hiked from the Araphaoe Trail trailhead up to the treeline above 11,550 ft. It was constantly blowing so I ...

In GEAR » TT Moment in high Rockies winds
October 22, 9:29pm

If you feel WM bags are cut tighter than normal (I don't) then get a Megalite (30 degree bag). I got it for the extra girth and it's great when I extend the temperature range by wearing my ...

In GEAR » Western Mountaineering sizing
October 09, 11:50pm

ESBIT for winter
For winter I'd MUCH rather rely on two cubes of ESBIT in my Vargo Triad EX base & MSR foil windscreen. The temperature of the ESBIT or FireLite fuel tabs (which I prefer)has no effect o...

In GEAR » Myth Busted Winter Alcohol Stoves
October 09, 11:44pm

A good survival rifle should be chambered in .22 Winchester Magnum. It has about 50% more power and useable range than a .22 Long Rifle. So, I could take: 1. a used Ruger 10/22 mag semi-auto ri...

In GEAR » Ultralight Rifle
October 09, 11:15pm

Diminishing "RETURNS"
Well Bucky, I guess it all depends upon what you mean by "RETURNS". To wit: 1. greater ease of use 2. greater safety (for me or the environment) 3. multi-purpose use 4. greate...

In GEAR » Have we hit the point of diminishing gains?
October 09, 10:54pm

Wound treatment
1. IRRIGATE with clean water for 5 minutes. (say, 2 quarts of water) 2. treat with antibiotic cream/ointment 3. THEN use the collagen coagulant stuff if you think it will help. 4. otherwis...

In GEAR » EMT Gel for wounds?
October 09, 10:37pm

If the WETFIRE is anything like BPL's similar Ti stove you'll need to replace the flimsy center rivet with a small bolt, lockwasher and nut, as several of us who bought the BPL stove have d...

In GEAR » UST Wetfire Stove
October 09, 10:33pm

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