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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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"Mummy Quilt"
Last summer on a hot night in Buckskin Gulch, near the Paria Canyon, Utah I took my W.M. Megalite mummy bag, unzipped it all the way to the foot, hooked the foot of the bag over my full length ligh...

In GEAR » Any quilt haters? quilt lovers?
January 15, 2:27am

MMmmmmMegalite - YUM!
I have a heavier W.M. Megalite. It's baffled (except lengthwise, at the side opposite the zipper) and has a full length zipper. I love it. The lack of a lengthwise baffle separating top & b...

In GEAR » WM Highlite vs Summerlite
January 14, 6:10pm

Kathleen, I don't know what condition the exterior DWR (Durable Water Repellant) was like on your Precip jacket but if in bad shape it might have affected breathability. Sugestion: Take t...

In GEAR » Wet rain jacket
January 14, 5:46pm

If you absolutly MUST use summer boots/shoes for winter then knee high gaiters will not only add 10F to the warmth of your boots but they also will keep snow from dangerously entering your boot to...

In GEAR » winter boot recommendations?
January 01, 11:09pm

Winter "3 mat system"
I forgot to say on my post above that for winter camping I use 3 mats. (Summer is just a full length waffle-cut foam Light Thermarest.) 1. 3/4 length regular Thermarest 2. "1/4 length"...

In Winter Hiking » Sleep mat systems
December 28, 9:44pm

Yang Fang
Tony, See snowsaw.com for their Yang Fang snow saw. Eric

In Winter Hiking » Recommendations for a Snow Saw
December 28, 9:32pm

Yang Fang
Tony, Look at snowsaw.com for the "Yang Fang" snow saw. It's advertised in one of the back pages of the Nov. 2007 issue of Backcountry Magazine. Eric

In GEAR » Recommendations for a Snow Saw
December 28, 9:26pm

Well...how about THIS info?
Recently on a PBS station I heard a disturbing news report about "soft" plastics used in the U. S. (but made in China) Reportedly there is an ingredient called THALLITES (spelling may ...

In GEAR » Polycarbonate controversry
December 28, 9:10pm

A Modest Proposal
Brett, I have a BD headlamp...in my car only B/C I've found a better and lighter headlamp. Princeton Tech Quad is my current favorite. 1. Has a REGULATED circuit (FAR longer max light o...

In GEAR » Headlamp help needed
December 28, 9:01pm

Waxed newspaper rolls for firestarters
Jes' love dem Vaseline-infused cotton balls! Dey blaze up like crazy. For a long-lasting wet weather firestarter I've used the Vaseline/coton ball starter to light a "waxed newspape...

In GEAR » Firesteel vs. Natural Tinder
December 24, 2:04pm

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