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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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Good info to know Franco. I could possibly use the Contrail for fall hunting in Nevada. In that situation I would be carrying my rifle and not carrying even one hiking pole so I'd need this rig...

In GEAR » Trick of the conTrAIL
May 22, 8:05pm

Robert, Try doing the hand placement Franco & I recommend and try it for a few days, not just an hour. I think if you do give it a fair trial you'll find why most people use that method....

In GEAR » Now I understand the lightweight pole concept ...
May 22, 12:41am

Been using a nearly identical cup for decades. It has 1/4 cup marking rings around the entire inside of the cup. I use the cup for measuring water for putting into freeze-dried food bags, drinki...

In GEAR » GSI Outdoors Cascadian Cup SPOTLITE REVIEW
May 22, 12:34am

I own the Garmin Colorado 300 (sob!)
I bought the Colorado 300 & the "Garmin Topo USA 2008" software disc. This is because I wanted the greater internal memory of the 300 than the 400 pre-loaded maps series. As soon a...

In GEAR » Garmin Colorado 400t Handheld Color Mapping GPS - REVIEW
May 22, 12:23am

HMMMmmm...(he said skeptically)
I used what probably was 1st generation PrimaLoft in the form of a Caribou Mountaineering summer bag back in '97. After only 2 summers and very proper storage (hanging) the "Loft" in ...

In GEAR » Primaloft improves - press release
May 20, 6:32pm

Stoopid little straps
Paul, As a long time cross country ski racer and Patroller I can attest that your pole straps can be very helpful...if used properly. The tricks are: 1. HAND PLACEMENT > Pull the strap ...

In GEAR » Now I understand the lightweight pole concept ...
May 20, 6:18pm

Yer favorite 3 season socks?
This is a question that I'm sure will bring out the "Smartwool" afficiandos...but, 1.what 3 season hiking socks do you wear most often? AND 2. if you wear thin sock liners are t...

In GEAR » Yer favorite 3 season socks?
May 19, 11:02pm

Huz, Ya know I liked it better when your city was named Bombay. But, yeah, you're right,international shopping has its downside in prices and shipping. Eric

In GEAR » thegearlessmachine.com
May 19, 10:56pm

The reason Polarguard Delta was dropped & Climashield developed was because P.G. Delta has a somewhat shorter life span than its P.G predecessor. I have a P.G. Delta -20 winter bag. So far (wit...

In GEAR » TNF Fission: Climashield Neo or Polargard Delta?
May 19, 10:53pm

Techno gadgets...
I own the following techno gadets: 1. SteriPen Adventerurer UV water purifier. 2. Garmin Colorado 300 GPS 3. Princeton Tec Quad regulated LED headlamp (yeah, still a techie item) AND 4. I wil...

In GEAR » SPOT Experiences
May 19, 6:17pm

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