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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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Shoe Goo
I've coated my Taslan shoelace strap with Shoe Goo to keep it from absorbing water & icing up. This also helps the lace wear better. But rubberized nylon straps ae still the best. Trou...

In GEAR » Gaiter Strap
December 07, 12:56am

Winter Sleeping SYSTEM
Hendrik, As I see it there are 3 main options for winter sleeping bag SYSTEMS. Some are more flexible than others. 1. One Big Bag for coldest expected temps> (plus appropriate thickness lo...

In GEAR » Sleeping system & clothing in winter
December 06, 4:00pm

In No particular Order
My Dirty Dozen 1. duct tape 2. small tool kit 3. headlamp, flares & emergency strobe light 4. electric air pump 5. spare exterior bulbs 6. AAA card, credit cards, Motel 6 card(Love chea...

In GEAR » the best emergency gear for your car?
December 06, 3:36pm

Best & Worst
BEST: TarpTent MOMENT solo tent. Fantastic in sustained high winds, easy to set up, headroom where it should be, great quality and excellent design. WORST: Neo-Air regular mattress. Too long to ...

In GEAR » Your best gear of 2009
December 06, 3:25pm

I own 30" Atlas 'shoes and last year in the last hour of my Avy 1 course I slid over 50' down a steep sidehill I was traversing with them and re-injured my shoulder. A month ago I p...

In GEAR » Differences between msr lightning & lightning ascents
December 05, 4:53pm

Check out Snugpak's website for very good synthetic bags. They're British and sell to NATO force nations as well as making civilian stuff.

In GEAR » Need lightweight synthetic bag
December 04, 1:26pm

Check COSTCO's "Alaskan Charlie's" 30" snowshoe KIT. Very sturdy 'shoes. (great snowshoes, poles and a carry bag for $79.) Got a pair for my son-in-law for Christmas. I ...

In Winter Hiking » Beginner Snow Shoes
December 03, 2:58pm

Get "Allen and Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book" 80% of it is on winter camping and a lot on snow shelters. It's a thin book B/C at least half of the info is in the car...

In Winter Hiking » sleeping in the needed
December 03, 2:49pm

Joseph, I'd steer clear of a TIKKA due to the fact that they can't accept lithium batteries (they'll burn up) unless they've greatly changed the design. Go with the W/P Zebra ...

In GEAR » Headlamp help?
December 03, 2:42pm

Been to Lake Erie when its frozen (used to live in Erie, PA for 40 years & have relatives on South Bass Islant, near Marblehead. Even sea kayaked (W/a dry suit, etc.) in Erie Bay when the Lake ...

In GEAR » Extreme Cold Sleeping Bag Rental
December 03, 2:38pm

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