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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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Sounds like reverse engineering from a fabric found on a crashed spacecraft. What ELSE is the government hiding from us? We damend the truth. They give us this alien technology like Aerogel in drib...

In GEAR » BD to use Nanotech in upcoming tents
February 14, 10:33am

Cold weather CCF
Thermarest now makes the RidgeRest Deluxe (which is a thicker and softer CCF pad than the regular RidgeRest) that they say is "good" for winter camping.

In GEAR » Which sleeping pad is cheap and effective?
February 13, 10:49pm

I washed my 12 year old Gore-Tex EMS mountain parka in Nik Wax TX Direct Wash-In DWR. Later, forgetting I had done this to the parka I sprayed it with Revivex DWR. Then I remembered I'd don...

In GEAR » Wash-in vs. Spray on DWR
February 13, 10:44pm

Minus 40 F. mittens
When I was a Nordic patroller at the 1979 Pre-Olympics it got down to -40 F. on the last day of a very cold week. I had nylon mitten shells W/leather palms, VERY heavy (dense) Dachstein boiled woo...

In GEAR » Keeping hands warm
February 13, 10:33pm

A coinkydink
I was just thinking as I logged on to BPL that we're due for some new fabrics. Aerogel isn't a fabric but if it can be made into durable clothing insulation it should revolutionize the mark...

In GEAR » 3mm Aerogel "Supersuit" going to Everest
February 13, 10:25pm

"Protected" Down Bags
I'm not sure of the manufacturers but a few down bags are now made with highly water resistant outer material AND radio wave welded baffle seams instead of sewn seams. It is sewn seams that...

In GEAR » Sleeping Bag
February 13, 1:03am

Ground insulation
The R - 5 recommendation for mattresses posted above seems a bit high. I'm a cold sleeper but am fine with just my Trail Pro mattress (R - 3.8) when temps are in the teens. If I knew i...

In GEAR » Insulative value of sleep system??
February 12, 5:23pm

Well, if all else fails...
...try washing it in Nik Wax waterproofing to see if the waterproofing gives the down plumes more loft. Use a more concentrated amount, say 2 X as much as normal. I have NOT tried this and I rec...

In GEAR » How to restore the loft of a down bag.
February 12, 5:14pm

Akto & Scarp 1
I feel the Scarp 1 is a better comparison to the Akto. >Both are 4 season tents with rectangular ends and very similar architecture. >Both can and should be pitched rain fly 1st. (IMHO ...

In GEAR » Moment vs Akto Interior Room
February 11, 10:25pm

Yeah, but it's still just an alky stove. I feel a CC Inferno (Ti W/ alcohol, ESBIT and wood burning capabilities) is far more flexible and likely more efficient in a head-to-head comparison.

In GEAR » Evernew Ti DX stove set
February 11, 10:02pm

All Reader Reviews by Eric Blumensaadt

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Trail designs SideWinder
The Trail Designs Sidewinder is an "alternative" fuel stove that is a 3 fuel stove. I.e. it can burn alcohol, ESBIT tablets or wood. What's more it is highly efficient at all of these...

In Cookware - Other
June 18, 1:41am

Trail Designs SideWinder for AGG 2qt pot
My 3 cup Open Country pot is the perfect size for solo camping. It fits in the Sidewinder ti stove and using ESBIT with a modified Gram Cracker tablet holder (BGET) IMHO this is the perfect size sto...

In Stoves - Other
June 08, 2:06am

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