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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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Ye pantywaists! I carries me Dana Terraplane at a mere 7lbs. 6 oz. when winter camping. It is comfortable as long as I leave a few non-essentials at home like me sleepin' bag and stove. Aaarrrr!

In GEAR » Winter Backpack Recommendations
November 18, 9:19pm

POSSUM DOWN durability
I've read of others who had durability problems with Possum down gloves. In light of that I'll stick to fleece or the heavier pile gloves as liners. Been doin' it for years. Winter ...

In GEAR » Possumdown?
November 17, 12:19am

Roger, Seems just the opposite is happening here in the 'States. Many retailers are having constant sales and "unnanounced" markdowns. Guess Oz retailers need to get real or they&#...

In GEAR » The outdoor industry and the recession.
November 17, 12:15am

As a sea kayaker who has kayaked in winter I can say unequivocaly: you MUST have a dry suit W/ thick fleece insulation under it. Plus a thick neoprene diver's balaclava for your head, thick neo...

In GEAR » Recommendations for winter shoe options for canoeing
November 15, 10:54pm

I think my MSR Dragonfly is about the heaviest modern white gas stove made for backpacking. (Not counting the box-type Primus stoves of yore that are still sold.) But I love the Dragonfly's rel...

In GEAR » Lightest white gas stove?
November 15, 10:44pm

NEW 'Shoes!
Last year during an AVY 2 course I had a snowshoe accident. (Yep!) While using 30" Atlas 800 series 'shoes, I slipped on a steep mountain pitch I was traversing in the Spring Mountains, no...

In GEAR » Best snowshoes? Tips? Recommendations?
November 15, 10:29pm

Double bags for winter
David, The U. S. military uses a double bag system (plus GTX bivy sack) as their standard setup. Brigade Quartermaster sells the outfit of the items separately. Both their bags are synthetic Pol...

In Winter Hiking » Winter sleeping bag (-25 rating)
November 15, 10:01pm

Good winter headlamps
Not only should you forget incandescent bulbs, you should forget Petzl headlamps as most will NOT function (i.e. will burn circuitry) with lithium batteries. Lithium batteries are the best for wint...

In Winter Hiking » Headlamps for Cold Winter Use
November 15, 9:40pm

Anyone taking an AVY 2 course?
I need an AVY 2 course but don't want to take it at my small ski area just outside of Las Vegas. If you have had an AVY 1 course and want to take an AVY 2 course at a big western resort let ...

In Winter Hiking » Anyone taking an AVY 2 course?
November 15, 8:47pm

Anyone taking an AVY 2 course?
I need an AVY 2 course this year but don't want to take it at my small ski area just outside Las Vegas. If you have an AVY 1 course and want to take an AVY 2 course at a big western resort ...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Anyone taking an AVY 2 course?
November 15, 8:44pm

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