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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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Cabela's Jet Sled
Tha Jet Sled folks have a VERY sturdy medium sized sled that I like far better than the orange "expedition" sled I and many others have used. The "expedition" sled's front l...

In Editor's Roundtable » Take the Load Off: Using Pulks to Travel Over Snow
March 24, 7:27pm

W. M. for sure
Unless you're hooked on the Montbell stretch feature I'd go for W.M. bags any day. Their qulity and light weight far offset any higher price they charge. I love my W.M.Megalite bag for ...

In GEAR » Fill weight and temp rating: Western Mountaineering vs. Montbell UL SS
March 20, 9:47pm

Bivy Bags & condensation
Even GTX bivy bags have condensation in winter. I'd go for an eVent bivy bag for the greater breathability while maintaining waterproofness. Eric

In GEAR » Best bivy bag(s) for cold wet weather
March 19, 12:02pm

WELL...
If you're adding a Six Moons Serenity Shelter bug net/ground cloth to a Gatewood Cape why not just use a TarpTent Contrail & a GTX PacLite rain suit? That way you can leave yer shelter W/O ...

In GEAR » gatewood cape set up
March 19, 11:58am

REI UL 60 CIRCUIT
I got the newest UL 60 CRUISE pack B/C the early model began ripping seams too. But the new version is made with the much tougher Dyneema fabric and the pack weighs the same as the 1st version. I r...

In GEAR » Oh Crap...
March 19, 11:50am

Fire STARTING
This was a good "starter" article but to be complete various methods of starting a fire should be illustrated, not just described. How many people start a wood fire by building it on ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backcountry Cookfires: Overview and Techniques for Cooking Over an Open Flame
March 19, 10:40am

"Custom" Caldera Cones??
After looking at the C. C.'s website I see they now offer an improved C.C. complete with the ESBIT/FireLite fuel tag "Graham Cracker" fuel tab holder. But what is the "custom&...

In GEAR » Why buy the Caldera Cone?
March 13, 11:06pm

HMMMmmmm!!
This is the second thread I've seen here mentioning the efficiency of using ESBIT or FireLite fuel tabs with the Caldera Cone. I'm VERY interested in the Caldera Cone now. My present Ti ...

In GEAR » FireLite Titanium Esbit Wing Stove
March 13, 10:49pm

Caldera Cond & JetBoil pots
I love my 1.5 L. JetBoil pot's efficiency (I have no J.B. stove) and I wonder - is there is a way to get the Caldera Cone to fit just outside the 1.5 L.JB's corrugated "Flux Ring"...

In GEAR » Why buy the Caldera Cone?
March 13, 10:39pm

No Pearl Pass trip this winter
Due to the heavy Rockies snow this year avalanche conditions were too risky to do my planned Pearl Pass back country ski camping trip. Guides said the conditions were just too unstable for that tra...

In Winter Hiking » No Pearl Pass trip this winter
March 13, 10:19pm

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