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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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Best WP small digital camera?
I'm getting bleary-eyed surfing for a small digital camera. I hate risking my wife's Panasonic LUMIX 4 MP camera backpacking anymore. Features I want: 1. **VIEWFINDER** (for when it'...

In GEAR » Best WP small digital camera?
June 24, 8:31pm

If you can't find what you need in Cabela's extensive line of footwear it probably doesn't exist. For REALLY cold weather their Rocky SnowStalker boots are my 1st choice. The removab...

In GEAR » Footwear for challenging conditions
June 23, 2:28pm

Re: re: Polarguard goes the way of the dodo
Well...the military, once Polarguard's big buyers, will have to switch to Climashield. IF Climashield is truly: 1. more compressable 2. more reselient 3. warmer per weight 4. more durabl...

In GEAR » Polarguard goes the way of the Dodo
June 23, 2:26pm

Waterproofing a wind shirt
I have two "sun shirts". One a Cabela's Guidewear shirt, the other a nearly identical REI Sahara shirt. Both have very tight weaves. I think they'd be OK for a marginal wind shirt...

In GEAR » Waterproofing a wind shirt
June 23, 2:20pm

Re: Size 9EEE light-weight breathable shoe suggestions
Daanner Boots makes many, many sizes. Their 452 and 453 boots are actually midweight, the 453 being 2.8 lbs. Eric

In GEAR » Size 9EEE light-weight breathable shoe suggestions
June 10, 9:28pm

CABELA'S Telescoping rod
Cabela's also sells a telescoping rod in a few lengths and W/ SOME carbon fiber in the rod. I like 'em B/C you can leave the line threaded thru the guides when packed. Saves set-up time...

In GEAR » Bass Pro Shops® Micro Lite™ Graphite Pack Rods
June 08, 8:38pm

John, It's not dying with the most toys or lightest gear. It's who USES (& hence enjoys) the gear the most that "wins".

In GEAR » What is the loudest alarm wrist watch for backpacking?
June 05, 3:28pm

I know the feeling. I've recently purchased a Tarptent Contrail 1-person tent. It's going with me again on my Paria River (UT) trip next week. Ya gotta love UL gear when you're watc...

In GEAR » I made the change
June 05, 3:11pm

Contrail insight
I've practiced setting up my Contrail before heading out. I have the latest version that allows the rear corners to be lowered on the carbon fiber poles. I've learned how to set it up &...

In GEAR » tarptent?
May 22, 12:43am

"FRAMLESS" backpacks
From my experience W/ frameless backpacks (only a little)I'd have to say internal frames are a MUST for any load over 20 lbs. So-called "frameless" backpacks, even ones that util...

In GEAR » Favorite Packs of the UL crowd?
May 22, 12:33am

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