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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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Beavis & Butthead headgear
On cool summer nights at altitude I've begun using a T shirt for headgear when it's still too warm to pull the hood of my mummy over my head. BUT... unlike Beavis I don't put my arms...

In Multiple Use Gear » Beavis & Butthead headgear
September 07, 2:51pm

Cost v.s. Weight
I bought Western Mountaineering's Megalight ( mega bucks) down bag B/C good sleep is crucial and a bag is one of the weightiest items if you go synthetic. My REI UL 60 backpack (4,500

In GEAR » Cost of gear, per ounce.
August 27, 9:58pm

Backpacking Light Ti Esbit "stove"
I like B.L.'s Ti folding Esbit "stove", especially when used with an REI windscreen & circular ground reflector/protector W/ 3 slots to recieve the stove legs. I've replaced t...

In Multiple Use Gear » esbit stove/titanium stakes....windscreen/pad
August 25, 1:48pm

A lower cost alternative
Jessen, If name brand is not your main concern then take a good, detailed look at Cabela's Rainy River PacLite Gore-Tex parks and pants. PacLite is Gore's most breathable laminate. I ha...

In GEAR » Picking a Rain Jacket
August 24, 12:59pm

Cabela's GTX lightweight rain jacket & pants
Cabela's sells their "Rainy River" PacLite Gore-Tex rain suit as separates at about $80. for each, parka and pants. I have the suit in two shades of olive B/C I bought the pants and ...

In GEAR » William Joseph Ultralight Rain Jacket
August 23, 10:23pm

"5.11" nylon canvas pants
I wear the "5.11" brand heavy duty nylon pants. Go to their website. (These pants also come in cotton, which I would not recommend.) The pants have a double seat and double knees. The ...

In GEAR » Pants for Fall/Winter?
August 23, 10:12pm

No MORE Sprint Aquatics for me
I bought 2 pair of Sprint Aquatics pool slippers. Wore the 1st pair out on a week-long trip in Utah's Paria Canyon this summer. Worse than the mesh tops giving out quickly was the soles being ...

In GEAR » Camp shoes?
August 23, 9:48pm

Thermawrap insulation??
What is the insulation of Thermawrap clothing? (Hopefully not Primaloft.)

In GEAR » Mont-Bell Thermawrap Parka & Pants
August 16, 11:35pm

New Micro Puff
Hmmmm... I realize the Climashield likely weighs more than the Polarguard Delta insulation BUT: >Climashield is more durable after repeated packings than PG Delta. >Climashield is a bit...

In GEAR » Patagonia fall line!!
August 16, 11:30pm

My Contrail
I'm very satisfied with my Contrail. A few weeks ago, while hiking the Tuolmne River trail in Yosemite we had to set up camp fast to beat the rain coming down the valley. I set up my Contrail ...

In GEAR » Why so many used Tarptents?
August 16, 11:17pm

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