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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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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

Lighter weight - period!
My solution was to buy a JetBoil 1.5 L. pot withthe "Flux Ring" heat exchanger bottom. (Not to be confused with the Flux Capacitor Drive in my Millenium Falcon) The "Flux Ring&quo...

In GEAR » Cook pots
March 12, 5:37pm

Stick with the 30" length
Having living in Erie PA for many decades before moving to Las Vegas I can say that 30" snowshoes are a better length than a shorter snowshoe. But then I'm a former Nordic ski patroller...

In GEAR » Snowshoes: Atlas 925 v. RedFeather
February 29, 9:26pm

Somebody please explain to me why a "wind jacket" is on a backpacker's gear list when a Gore-Tex of eVent parka will do the job and also serve as raingear. I thought the idea of UL ba...

In GEAR » wind jacket
February 29, 8:38pm

I have used Cabela's polyester underwear for years and find it always warm and fast drying (very important when backpacking - as opposed to wool or silk). I use it for hunting, cross country sk...

In GEAR » Long underwear?
February 27, 10:46pm

Parka vs poncho
I second Dan's idea of a windsuit. I've used a poncho in a very windy rain...just ONCE. The wild flapping & wet thighs were not fun. My Cabela's Rainy River GTX PacLite suit was ...

In GEAR » Clothing Layers
February 27, 10:24pm

Megalite as a bag AND a quilt
My WM Megalite is a great down mummy bag that, fully unzipped, with the foot hooked over the end of my full length Thermarest UL, makes a great quilt on warm to moderate (50s F) nights. Yet I s...

In GEAR » Quilt Question
February 26, 8:44pm

Michael, If you're not stuck on having a Marmot or other big name jacket I recommend you look at Cabela's Rainy River Gore-Tex PacLite parka. It's $79. for reglar sizes and $89. for ...

In GEAR » Precip Plus?
February 26, 8:30pm

Phantom 32 vs WM Megalite
Last year I purchased a Phantom 32, took it home & felt it did not have the necessary loft to keep me warm to 32 F. Backpacker and other testers had the experience that bore out my suspicion. ...

In GEAR » Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 vs. Western Mountaineering Summerlite
February 26, 8:20pm

Use a UL 3/4 length Thermarest, etc. for your torso & a closed cell for your lower legs. Sew toggles (from a fabric shop) with light cord like Triptease to the bottom corners of your Thermarest...

In GEAR » Closed cell or inflatable?
February 24, 11:18am

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