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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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Never tried it for sleep. But if I wuz cold in my bag in summer I'd definitely put my light fleece vest on. Core temp is all-important. That's why a light stocking cap is necessary if there...

In GEAR » How much do vests help?
August 31, 2:51pm

Integral Designs
Ivan, The nicest eVent bivy I've seen is Integral Designs' bivy. I may buy one for winter snow cave camping. A bivy adds about 10F of warmth as well, which you likely already know. Er...

In GEAR » REX on carinthia bivy bag
August 27, 12:53pm

I took a tube of silicon caulk and put big X-shaped patterns of small silicon dots from edge to edge on the bottom of my Thermarest full length pad. Three big xs, head to foot, did the trick. Th...

In GEAR » Sliding pad
August 27, 12:51pm

Try applying GOO GONE & let it set for an hour. This stuff is great for pine sap on clothes and may work for your pot. Eric

In GEAR » build up on pots used with bush buddy
August 25, 1:28pm

REI sells several different sizes of mesh bags. Thjey're especially good for toilet kits B/C the mesh permits drying of damp items. Eric

In GEAR » Looking for small Mesh stuff bags
August 25, 1:25pm

Bag "Feets"
In very cold weatherI always zip up my Gore-Tex shell, cinch down the hood and put the coat over the foot of my sleeping bag. It keeps the frost on the tent walls from melting into the bag when the...

In GEAR » Winter/Expedition Sleeping System
August 22, 12:27am

Internal Frame Packs
Well guys, I'm a LIGHTWEIGHT backpacker. For 3 season hikes I carry between 30 and 35 lbs with Contrail tent, WM Megalite bag & Thermarest full length UL pad, REI UL Cruise pack, ESBIT sto...

In GEAR » Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Pads
August 22, 12:21am

I'd look at the SteriPen Adventurer. Just turn it on. immerse it in your bottle, swirl until the UV light goes out and you're done. I also carry Katadyn chlorine Dioxide tablets as a backu...

In GEAR » One-Handed Water Purification
August 20, 11:33am

Here we go again on the "mattress-as-a-pack-frame" thingy. Really, I could never understand how the slight weight of a few ounces of aluminumm frame tubing, such as in my REI UL Cruise...

In GEAR » Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Pads
August 18, 7:03pm

MSR Dragonfly
Personally I prefer the MSR Dragonfly over the other stoves mentioned, this after trying them. The Dragonfly will simmer on any fuel FAR better than the others. Simmering saves heavy, precious f...

In GEAR » Camping fuel in Tajikistan
August 18, 6:49pm

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