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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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Let us HOPE...
Let us HOPE SPOT's lower pricing forces ARC into lowering the price for its PLRB and giving us the extra features the SPOT PLRB has. Competition like this is great for the outdoor community....

In GEAR » SPOT personal tracker
December 21, 11:56am

JetBoil 1.5 L. pot
I own a Jetboil 1.5 L. pot &, from it's faster boil times I know that this year I'll be able to use it to advantage in snow melting - WITH an MSR foil windscreen for my Dragonfly stove,...

In Winter Hiking » Pot size for melting snow
December 19, 4:07pm

Better idea
Nicholas 'm Boy, Why you'd want to ski on sandy -30F snow is beyond me. Very slow going. But if'n ya gota then ya gotta. Ya need a double plastic "Telemark" B/C ski boot...

In GEAR » NNN BC Ski Boots
December 17, 9:10pm

Gotta agree with Brett, My 5.11 tactical nylon canvas pants are VERY tough and have lots of features. The price ($50.)and the featurea are great when compared to Rail Riders. My REI Saharas ...

In GEAR » okay, what are the bomber hiking pants?
December 17, 9:00pm

I second that
YEP. Cabela's Insulator is a good bet. Their name brand clothing always has good quality. Eric

In GEAR » Lightweight high insulating layer needed for the tall
December 08, 3:36pm

Thanks Bob. Looked there once but not hard enuf I guess. Eric

In Winter Hiking » Homade VBL for sleeping bags
December 02, 7:43pm

I've been backpacking for decades now so my tent and tarp inventory is moderately large. Last year I got a TarpTent Contrail. It's a single wall tent with mesh ventilation 360 deg. It's...

In GEAR » Beginner Tent Choice
December 01, 10:42pm

Homade VBL for sleeping bags
After getting sticker shock from Western Mountaineering's $99. reflective VBL (nice as it is) I now have decided to discard my jerry-rigged and fragile mylar VBL and make my own. Heck two to fo...

In Winter Hiking » Homade VBL for sleeping bags
December 01, 10:30pm

Chad, You'll need a VBL for your sleeping bag ESPECIALLY if you use a bivy bag. Otherwise the condensation on the bag and the moisture IN the bag will quickly reduce its insulating R factor ...

In GEAR » Shelter and Rain Gear and Bivy
December 01, 10:25pm

Party of four
Those who feeel avalanche would be the biggest danger are absolutly correct. Any slopes between 32 and 48 degrees are the most avalanche prone.In my estimation you'd need a minimum of a party o...

In Winter Hiking » Winter PCT
December 01, 10:13pm

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