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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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Jay, why not just buy a TT Contrail and be done with it? Eric

In GEAR » The Right Stuff
June 28, 9:14am

Say WHAT???
So Roger, you ARE saying that foot swelling DOES occur. Right? Because if you are saying it's a myth I couldn't disagree more. Eric

In GEAR » How much bigger do you buy your shoes?
June 28, 9:12am

I buy my backpacking boots one size wider to accomodate my swelling feet after two days on the trail. I learned this the hard way years ago on the AT when I got blisters between EVERY toe! For 8...

In GEAR » How much bigger do you buy your shoes?
June 27, 11:03am

AShley, I have a Western Mountaineering Megalite down bag W/ continuous baffles. I do shake the down to move it from top to bottom or the other way....howsomever the 850 fill down is so fluffy i...

In GEAR » continuous baffles on sleeping bags: a practical way to adjust temperature?
June 27, 11:00am

Danner Boots
I use Danner boots because my feet spread out one full width after two days on the trail and I need the extra width. Danner offers several widths in all their sizes. Plus Danner boots are VERY high...

In GEAR » Trail shoes for wider feet
June 24, 2:56pm

Use small plastic "snap clips" tied to the ends of your guy lines to much more quickly put the guylines on the tarp/poncho. Nice when seting up camp quickly to beat an approaching thunde...

In GEAR » Guyline revelation (DUH moment)
June 23, 5:33pm

If and when you DO use hot water in your hydraton bladder remember the high heat will release more plasticizers into the water than months of normal temp range water will do. So I'd find a ...

In GEAR » hot water in a hydration bladder?
June 22, 11:04pm

Suunto Vector
I use my old Suunto Vector's barometer/altimeter ONLY for a barometer to help with weather forecasting. As mentioned earlier recalibrating the "altimeter" requires you KNOW your altit...

In GEAR » Altimeter watch
June 22, 10:54pm

MSR Dragonfly for winter
My MSR Dragonfly is the best winter stove I've yet seen. It simmers lower than any multifuel stove I've tried and it is VERY reliable under extreme cold and windy conditions but I do adv...

In GEAR » stove for sub freezing temps
June 22, 10:42pm

Silk & Cotton = BAD!
Silk, like cotton, is hydrophylic (water loving). It gets wet and STAYS wet. Silk also rots fairly fast from perspiration. Underarms go quickly. **A good, light poly layer is my 1st choice.**...

In GEAR » Silk as a baselayer?
June 17, 11:42am

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