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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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Protecting outer shoe seams
I would clean the seams with 90% alcohol and narrow brush (or kid's tooth brush)1st. Then led dry overnight. This will remove most factory leather preservative/wax. Then apply one or two co...

In GEAR » Instructions for "seam gripping" shoes
July 14, 6:08pm

I also wear a Bison nylon belt. Light and tough. But for hunting in winter I wear a wide HEAVY duty military style Spec Ops nylon belt.

In GEAR » Belts?
July 08, 9:30pm

Conserving Body Heat
We lose body heat in these ways: 1. CONVECTION > air currents carrying off heat 2. CONDUCTION > heat lost to objects like mattresses and even sleeping bag materials 3. EVAPORATION &g...

In GEAR » R values everywhere!
July 01, 2:59pm

Seam Sealing
Give it at least 6 hours on a warm day. Eric

In GEAR » Silicone seam-sealing
June 30, 2:08pm

...if I had the money. But I didn't so I got Cabela's Rainy River PAC LITE Gore-Tex rain suit at about $170. for parkas and pants. "Medium Light" but tough. Eric

In GEAR » Integral Designs eVENT Jacket or Thru Hiker?
June 30, 12:06am

What Sean said. Eric

In GEAR » Using the fast pack mode of a tent
June 29, 12:22pm

Re: Shelter for the Alps... Hard Time Deciding
Miguel, If I had a Hilleberg Akto like you do I'd take it. It's THE best all around solo tent I've ever seen and can take a lot of wind, rain and a fair amount of snow. Eric

In GEAR » Shelter for the Alps... Hard Time Deciding
June 29, 12:20pm

I looked on the Olympus site. I like Olympus' quality. (I had an OM-1 in another life). No viewfinderin the 770 SW but otherwise TOUGH and backpacker proof. It had a good screen according to...

In GEAR » Best WP small digital camera?
June 25, 10:49pm

...When... replace the battery for your digital scale more often than for your backpacking headlamp. see trimmings from freeze dried food packages litter the floor during packing for a trip. ...

In GEAR » You know there's an ultralighter in the house when....
June 25, 10:39pm

Re: Derek, go for eVENT, DIAD, or Redledge
Bret, What's this ..."water must soak through the inner surface & evaporate on the outer surface" balderdash??? Ever see Gore's famous hot water demo? A jar of hot water c...

In GEAR » Rain jackets and rain pants
June 25, 10:25pm

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